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Sixth Annual Saint Clare's Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness Set for September 16


08/24/2007

For the sixth consecutive year, residents from throughout northwestern New Jersey will join Saint Clare's Health System for the annual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness on Sunday, September 16 at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall. This year's event, sponsored by Commerce Bank, sanofi aventis, WMTR-WDHA, Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists and The Donald and Evelyn Spiro Foundation and again hosted by the Township of Rockaway, Simon Property Group, and the Hilton Garden Inn, Rockaway, promises to be an overwhelming success.

The Walk, which benefits The Women's Health Center at Saint Clare's Hospital/Dover, takes place just prior to the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer among women in the United States, with about 180,000 women diagnosed each year. In 2006, more than 300 walkers united to raise $75,000, bringing the total to more than $250,000 raised in support of The Women's Health Center since the event began in 2002. This year's proceeds will be again be earmarked for the purchase of new sterotactic biopsy equipment, a "gold standard" in diagnostic tools for breast cancer, and associated equipment.

"Saint Clare's is grateful for the support and leadership of our presenting sponsors, the event's organizing committee, the Rockaway Townsquare Mall, the Hilton Garden Inn, and our volunteers and walkers who will make this year's event the biggest yet," said Gary J. Blan, President and CEO of Saint Clare's Health System. "Together with Saint Clare's, our community is truly making a statement in support of preventing and treating this devastating disease. With the charitable hospitality of Mayor Louis Sceusi and the Rockaway community, we look forward to joining family and friends on September 16th for a day full of fun and fitness to help in the battle against breast cancer." 

Check-in and same-day registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Rockaway. The start of the Walk will take place at 8:30 a.m., preceded by a special survivor recognition ceremony at 8 a.m. The Walk will follow a 5K route on the mall property. Following the walk, participants will return to the Hilton Garden Inn for a continental breakfast. Cancer survivors attending the event will have the opportunity to register as survivors, be recognized for their courage, and will lead the participants in the Walk.

Leading this year's event will be its chair, Ruth E. Wilson, Commerce Bank's Vice President of Morris County Division, along with a core group of cancer survivors and their loved ones. The Mary Mulholland Spirit Award, given annually in recognition of outstanding volunteer leadership and support of The Women's Health Center, will be awarded at the event.

Located at Saint Clare's Hospital/Dover, the $1.4 million Women's Health Center provides a number of healthcare services for women at a single location. Using the latest technology and treatments, the Women's Health Center provides breast cancer screenings and diagnostics, bone density testing, complementary medicine, counseling and education, and medical and surgical referrals. The Center offers the capabilities of two digital mammography machines, the most advanced breast diagnostic imaging technology available. The Center also provides access to Saint Clare's Breast Surgery Panel, a dedicated group of surgery specialists from throughout the region, who specialize in breast surgery and are dedicated to the prompt diagnosis and treatment of Saint Clare's patients.

Registration for the walk is underway, and forms can be obtained by calling Saint Clare's Foundation at 973-983-5300. Interested individuals can download registration forms or register online at www.saintclaresfoundation.org. Incentive prizes are available for adult walkers who raise a minimum of $100, and for youth walkers under 18 who raise a minimum of $50. Corporate sponsorships are still available. Prizes will be awarded to the top youth and adult walkers, and a 50/50 raffle drawing will be held immediately following the walk.

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