Walks to raise awareness of deadly diseases

Staff report

October 22, 2013

LAURINBURG — Two walk-a-thons, one planned for Friday and the other Saturday, aim to raise awareness of debilitating diseases that together affect 7 million Americans — Alzheimer’s Disease and Breast Cancer.

The Scotland Cancer Treatment Center on Friday will host a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk at noon at the Community Health and Rehabilitation Center. The walk is an effort to raise awareness about early detection and genetic factors.

“… It’s vitally important that every woman understand that early detection is the key to successful treatment,” said Dr. Kelvin Raybon, an oncologist who works at the center. “A woman’s chances of developing breast cancer are higher if her mother, sister, or daughter has had it.”

The walk is a one-mile route around the campus and participants will be treated to lunch.

“It’s a wonderful sight to see, the many people who come out each year, many of them wearing the signature pink color for breast cancer awareness,” said Dottie Matthews, director of the treatment center.

For information, call Matthews at 910-291-7630.

The Pilot Club of Laurinburg will host the Alzheimer’s North Carolina Walk at 10 a.m. Saturday along The American Mile in downtown Laurinburg. Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. at the A.B. Gibson Education Center.

Refreshments and door prizes will be offered after the walk.

“We do this because it brings awareness,” said Margaret Herring, an organizer of the event. “Alzheimer’s is increasing. More people in this country show the symptoms, because we have more people who are living longer.”

Donations made to the organization stay in North Carolina. Nationwide, it is estimated that more than 5 million Americans live with the disease.

For information, call Herring at 910-276-1707.