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Community HealthNet executive director Dr. Janet Seabrook (center cap pink top) Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilsjowalkers holding breast cancer blanket before

Community HealthNet executive director Dr. Janet Seabrook (center in cap and pink top) and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson join walkers holding a breast cancer blanket before the 15th Annual Breast Cancer Walk begins Oct. 5 at Marquette Park. | Photo provided

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The overcast fall day did not stop breast cancer survivors and their supporters from participating in Community HealthNet’s 15th annual breast cancer walk Oct. 5 at Marquette Park.

Teams from various agencies, sororities, organizations and groups of citizens wore pink in various forms to show their support for breast cancer awareness, education, survivors and in remembrance of those who have died from it.

Community HealthNet executive director Dr. Janet Seabrook said funds raised for the walk go toward providing mammograms for the uninsured and underinsured.

“Community HealthNet participates with the state of Indiana’s Department of Health Breast Cervical Cancer Program, providing access to breast and cervical cancer screenings, diagnostic testing and treatment for underserved and uninsured women without insurance,” Seabrook said. “I am always overwhelmed at the number of people who come and participate in this walk. We know intervention is the key to preventing breast cancer in women and some men.”

Chris Peterson of Gary walked with a team from the organization eEnergizing Northwest Indiana Businesswomen, and went all out wearing pink, from the flower in her hair to a pink scooter.

“This is my first time participating in the breast cancer walk and I am walking in support of a cousin and former college classmate who are breast cancer survivors,” she said.

Two-time breast cancer survivor Sophia Vann of Gary was also part of the team. “I fought breast cancer in 2007 and a year ago. I’ve done the walk for quite a while,” she said.

Toni Eslick of Hammond walked with her family and with the Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing, where she is a nursing student.

“This is my first time doing the walk and I am doing it for extra credit. I did not know about this walk before,” she said.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson praised the walkers and a few runners participating.

“This is a special event that commemorates those battling breast cancer and those who went on to be with the Lord due to breast cancer. This is an entire community in support of breast cancer education and awareness,” she said.



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