Wearing every shade of pink imaginable, 60 walkers took part in the second annual Kemptville Walks for Mammography on Saturday, October 5, 2013, organized by the Kemptville District Hospital Foundation in support of the hospital’s digital mammography program.

Arbies Barbies, the RBC Royal Bank team, joined the Scotiabank Striders and O’Farrell Financial Fighters in the second annual Kemptville Walks for Mammography event organized by the KDH Foundation in support of the Mammography Fund. Having new corporate teams participate this year contributed greatly to the funds raised.

On a perfect day for walking, over 60 members of the North Grenville community completed either the 10k or 30k challenge and raised more than $50,000 in support of breast cancer screening at Kemptville District Hospital (KDH).

Participants walked as individuals or as part of a team; other teams included the “Bust Buddies”, the Kemptville Kougars and the “KDH Auxiliary Breast Cancer Walkers”. They collected pledges from family, friends and neighbours and gave of their time both during the event and in preparation for it – choosing between a significant 10 kilometre walk and a challenging 30 kilometre route that took much of the day to cover.

After all the walkers had crossed the finish line, the Foundation’s Director of Development, Mary Boucher, thanked the exhilarated walkers. “We are very fortunate to have so many individuals dedicated to supporting the hospital and walking with us,” she said.

The top fundraising team was the KDH Auxiliary Breast Cancer Walkers, who raised a total of $10,679. Boucher thanked Captain Lis Angus and her team, who have supported the event since the days when the walkers took part in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer in Ottawa. Boucher noted that the Auxiliary has raised more than $100,000 for the Mammography Fund.

The top individual fundraisers were Barb Rousseau, Lisa Lacombe and Jennifer Bradshaw.

Sponsors for the event were Scotiabank (Gold), RBC (Bronze) and Nature’s Way (Bronze). Manotick Butcher supplied the BBQ for the hungry walkers. Boucher announced that fundraising would continue until the end of October at B & H Your Community Grocer, where shoppers are asked at the cash if they wish to make a small donation to the Mammography Fund.

KDH opened its state of the art digital mammography unit in the fall of 2011, making it possible for women in North Grenville to have life-saving mammograms close to home. This event brings the Foundation close to its commitment to raise $750,000 for this program

For further information contact Mary Boucher, Director of Development, KDH Foundation, T: 613.258.6133 x157, Email: mboucher@kdh.on.ca

In the photo: Arbies Barbies, the RBC team, walked in support of the KDH Foundation’s Mammography Fund at this year’s Kemptville Walks for Mammography event.

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