Humphreys community turns out for Breast Cancer Awareness
October 8, 2013
CAMP HUMPHREYS -- The Third Annual Camp Humphreys Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run was held at the Zoeckler Gym track Oct. 5.More than 300 community members covered the entire track in pink, while doing an initial lap in silence, and then.
The event, hosted by the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Safety Office and the Health Promotion Office, featured a seven kilometer walk/run around Perimeter Road, dedicated to increasing breast cancer awareness and honoring breast cancer victims and survivors.
David Elger, health promotion coordinator and the host of the event, said that this event is designed to "make people aware of the importance of early detection of breast cancer. If it goes undetected for too long and treatment comes too late, the survival rate is very poor.
But, the survivor rate is very good if we catch it early. That's why we are trying to educate both women and men." He was very pleased with the turnout. "I'm happy because we got beautiful weather and about 320 people came out this morning, and everybody seems to enjoy themselves," he added.
The event began at 8 a.m. with the initial lap and then an hour or so later, by ones and twos, participants began to arrive amid applause. Although they looked a little tired, they had smiles on their faces.
"I wanted to support this event and breast cancer awareness because my great aunt is survivor," said Amanda Harper, a teacher at Humphreys High School. "It was a great run and I brought my baby for our first family run. We were excited to bring her out."
To see more photos from this event, visit the Humphreys Public Affairs Flickr site at www.flickr.com/photos/usaghumphreys/sets/7215763667624574/