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(Denison, IA) – The annual Crawford County Breast Cancer Awareness Walk will be held on Saturday, October 3 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.

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.

“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 that Crawford County Memorial Hospital will install a new, state‐of‐the‐art 3‐D mammography machine in October/November to improve its diagnostic capabilities.

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

The Hospital Foundation of Crawford County was founded in 1993 and assists CCMH in its healing mission by helping to fund patient care equipment and programs. Most recently, the HFCC funded the purchase of buses for the CCMH Patient Transportation Service, and is pursing the opening of the Good Samaritan Center in the former Bomgaars building on Highway 39 in Denison.