Minden woman to walk for breast cancer
One in nine women is strickenwith breast cancer, roughly 500 women a day. This is the reason that June Gallagher has decided to walk 75 miles and raise $1,700 for the cause.
Gallagher, a self-described “senior plus,” decided to take part in Avon’s Breast Cancer Three Day Walk over a month ago.
“I am doing this because I think it is vital for each of us to do what we can when we can,” Gallagher said.
Each walker has to raise $1,700.
“Registration was $55. That doesn’t even go toward the big donation!” she said.
The walk lasts three days and goes from Santa Monica to Malibu, Calif.
According to Gallagher, there are tents set up along the way for people to sleep in, Olympic Village-style.
“Two people sleep in a tent and they will provide us with food and showers,” she explained.
Gallagher, who has never been a marathon of this caliber before, has been in mass preparation for the project.
“I have been a member of the Nevada Fitness Club for about five weeks now. I usually go there about five times a week and work on the treadmill, the stationary bike, anything that they say will help prepare me,” she said.
Gallagher wasn’t prepared for the support she was going to get from the employees.
“They have been very, very helpful and incredibly supportive. They are so eager to do what they can for me,” she said.
The club, which is currently located in the Ironwood complex, is sponsoring a marathon to raise money for Gallagher and the Breast Cancer Society.
The Nevada Fitness 10K and 5K walk/run will be August 9. Registration is $20 by July 31, and $23 if received after July 31. For information, call Yvette Reese, 782-2705 or Fleet Feet Sports, 883-3361.
Gallagher also wanted to mention the the support she has gotten from Fleet Feet.
“I really couldn’t do this with out my helpers,” she said.
Anyone interested in sponsoring Gallagher can contact her at 782-4032.
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