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Hundreds take part in Mother’s Day Walk/Run

This group of women started participating in the breast cancer walk over 15 years ago, prior to anyone in the group being diagnosed. Through the years, four of their members were diagnosed with breast cancer and survived. The boas were created to show their commitment and team spirit. Front Row: Wendy Hickok, Mindy Trebil, Katie McGinnis, Nikki McGinnis, Laurie Desmet, Joan Witzman. Back Row: Mindy Arneson, Taylor McGinnis, Shelly Berg. (Photo by Michael Anderson)

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.

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