Hundreds take part in Mother’s Day Walk/Run
About 650 walkers and runners gathered in Canal Park for the YWCA of Duluth’s Mother’s Day Walk/ Run on May 10. Betty Brasgala, an avid runner, started this female-only 5K event over 30 years ago to inspire women to “get off the sidelines.” Additional events were children’s races and a two-mile family walk for all genders and ages.
After three years, the race affiliated with the YWCA so that the money raised could benefit the community. Funds generated support the YWCA Health and Wellness Program with an emphasis on breast cancer awareness.
The Breast Cancer Awareness Program at the YWCA of Duluth provides Northland area women with screening education and referrals to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical exams. The program also helps women navigate health care systems, identifying and dismantling barriers to wellness.
In 2013 the Breast Cancer Awareness Program at the YWCA of Duluth reached more than 4,000 women with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and referred over 350 women for mammograms and clinical breast exams.