May 04 2010The fourth annual Chilkat River Walk from Klukwan to Haines takes place on Saturday, May 15, to raise awareness about breast cancer and breast health. The 23-mile walk starts at 8 a.m. at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Klukwan Health Center and ends at the Southeast State Fairgrounds. A bus departs the fairgrounds at 7:15 a.m. to take walkers to the start of the course, and it will return to Haines at about noon with stops at Mile 18 and Mile 14 of the Haines Highway. If you don’t plan to take the bus, please arrange your own transportation. Walkers can choose to walk the entire course, or the course has been broken down into eight shorter legs ranging from 1.1 to 5.3 miles. Registration opens at 7:15 a.m. in Klukwan, and there will be a group start at 8 a.m. This event is open to all ages and genders. There is a $10 donation that either can go to the Haines Hospice Cancer Travel Fund or to Susan G. Komen For The Cure (a national breast cancer foundation that provides survivor support groups, research and awareness). During the first year of the Chilkat River Walk (2007), approximately 160 walkers, including 30 who walked the entire course, raised about $2,000 for breast cancer awareness. “This is a great kick-off to start your summer activity program and support breast cancer awareness,” said Pam Sloper, RN, a WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program Patient Care Coordinator at the SEARHC Haines Health Center. “Many people try to walk a little further each year and many people walk the entire distance. Walking has so many health benefits — it lowers your risk for most cancers, heart disease and diabetes, reduces stress, lowers your blood pressure, helps you sleep better, keeps your bones strong, and the list goes on. With mammograms being the best screening tool for breast cancer, we chose to have the walk when the mobile mammogram van is in Haines. Come on out and support each other to become more active and think about wellness.” The mobile mammogram van is in Haines from Tuesday, May 4, through Tuesday, May 18, and is sponsored by the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program and Bartlett Regional Hospital of Juneau. Women planning to get a mammogram need to remember to schedule early for their clinical breast exams. For more information about mobile mammograms, please contact the SEARHC Haines Health Center at 766-6300 or Pam Sloper at 766-6367. To find out more about the Chilkat River Walk, please call Pam Sloper at 766-6367 or Mandy Ramsey at 766-6317. This event is sponsored by the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program, Alaska Power and Telephone, Alaska Meat and Grocery, and Alaska Guard House.