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(Denison, IA) – The annual Crawford County Breast Cancer Awareness Walk will be held on Saturday, October 1 at Yellow Smoke Park near Denison. Registration for the Walk begins at 8 a.m. and the Walk begins at 9 a.m. The registration fee for the Walk is $10 and includes a t-shirt, food and prizes. T-shirts can be purchased prior to the Walk at Crawford County Memorial Hospital or the Good Samaritan Center Thrift Shop at 801 Highway 39 North in Denison. Shirts will also be available for purchase the day of the walk.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Walk is sponsored by local businesses and is organized by the Hospital Foundation of Crawford County (HFCC). Don Luensmann, executive director of the HFCC, noted the Walk is an excellent way to raise awareness for the disease and to bring together people who are committed to finding a cure.

The sponsors for this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Walk are: Crawford County Bank, Marten Insurance Agency, Edward Jones Investments – Scott Ferguson, ThermalFab, Drexel Nixon, DDS, Thams Agency, Bank Iowa, Pfannebecker Funeral Home; Consumers Credit Union; United Bank of Iowa, Greater Iowa Credit Union, Neppl Real Estate, Walmart, Crawford County Veterans Affairs, Hy-Vee, Crawford County Memorial Hospital, CCMH Medical Clinics, Edward Jones Investments – Gregory Hansman, Gustafson Law Firm – Tom Gustafson, and Petersen Manufacturing.

“Hundreds of people from around Crawford County will buy and wear the shirts. It’s important we remember all of those who have suffered or died from breast cancer,” Luensmann said. “It’s also important we continue to raise money through the Walk to help with early detection and treatment of breast cancer until we can find a cure.”

Luensmann said the money raised from the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk is used to provide mammograms or other diagnostic tests for women who cannot afford them. Luensmann also noted Crawford County Memorial Hospital has installed a new, state-of-the-art 3-D mammography machine to improve its diagnostic capabilities.

“With recent improvements in 3-D technology, the CCMH Board of Trustees felt the investment in greater diagnostic services would improve women’s health screenings,” Luensmann commented. “We look forward to continuing to help women with their health care needs now and in the future.”