Oct. 9, 2002 – While women across the territory are taking a stand against breast cancer by getting mammograms during this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they and family members and friends are also raising money for the American Cancer Society by walking and running.
The society's St. Croix chapter will hold its 24-hour Relay for Life from 2 p.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday at the St. Croix Educational Complex track.
"Cancer survivors are doing the first walk," said Daphne Lewis, the organization's president. She said participants are welcome to camp overnight at the track and enjoy the food, music and majorettes. The entry fee is the cost of a T-shirt, $12.
"Your T-shirt is your ticket in," Lewis said.
On St. Thomas, the two-mile Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk/run sponsored by the American Cancer Society will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 20. It will be held at Port of $ale Mall. "We'll have information and pamphlets about preventable measures," said Therese Hodge, who is organizing the event.
The entry fee runs $10 on the day of the race; it's $6 for adults and $3 for those under 18 who sign up in advance. "It's a good way to raise money for a worthy cause," Hodge said.
On St. John, residents will hold a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and run starting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27.
"Grab a bottle of water and run it, or a bottle of beer and walk it," organizer Jane Rollins said. The event starts at Quiet Mon Pub, across from Julius E. Sprauve School, winds through the streets of Cruz Bay for two miles, and ends back at Quiet Mon. "We give you a map," Rollins said.
The entry fee runs $10. This year for the first time, Rollins said, all the money raised will go to the St. Thomas/St. John chapter of the American Red Cross. In past years, the money went to the national organization, which sent back a portion to the local chapter.
For more information, call the society chapter on St. Croix at 778-2882, Hodge on St. Thomas at 775-6373 and Rollins on St. John at 714-5522.
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