MORE THAN 200 PARTICIPATE IN VALLEY GRANDE MANOR 3rd ANNUAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WALK-A-THON

More than 200 participated in the recent Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon

More than 200 participated in the recent Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon

WESLACO – With wheelchairs decked out in an array of pink balloons and more than 200 participants, the residents and staff of Valley Grande Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (VGM) recently led a processional along the streets of Weslaco in recognition of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Amongst the participants were VGM residents, support groups, staff, high school students, volunteers, and local business leaders.
The third annual walk-a-thon sponsored by Valley Grande Manor started at the nursing home’s parking lot located at 1212 S. Bridge Avenue and meandered through the local medical district which included Knapp Medical Center.
“This event started three year ago as a grass roots effort to generate awareness of the disease and recognize the advances in the areas of research and medicine,” said Joe Longoria, Director of Rehabilitation at VGM and event co-organizer. “We want to remind the public of the importance of early detection through screening for effective treatment of the disease. “, added Longoria. “Our residents were delighted to be part of such an important campaign and this event underscores their willingness to continue playing an active part in important societal issues that merit our attention.”
Highlighting the event was the drum line of the Weslaco East High School (WEHS) marching band. The WEHS freshman and varsity cheerleading squads also participated with loud cheers and enthusiastic support.
“It’s exciting to see youth participate in such a worthy cause,” said Nora Ramirez, Registered Activities Director at VGM and event co-organizer. “I think this is a great learning experience for these students as they participate in an event that is so important. They all were thrilled to bring awareness to breast cancer awareness and we thank the cheer coaching staff at WEHS for their support.”
The drum line of WEHS marching band set the tone for this exciting event, according to Ramirez. “Having the youth alongside our residents made for an awesome experience and resulted in a very touching event for such important cause,” she said. “The event felt more like a Pep rally with sounds of drums and cheers from the young people.”
The newest addition to the event was a local classic car club which displayed unique automobiles on the Valley Grande Manor campus.
“Each year we add new organizations to this event,” said Longoria. “It’s very rewarding to see this annual community event grow each year.”
The event also featured a “themed bra contest”. The departments at VGM entered the competition.
“Our goal is first and foremost to generate awareness of this disease and to muster support to find a cure,” said Bill Lowe, Administrator of VGM. He added “We’re so appreciative to be part of a community that gives time, resources, and efforts to battle this disease. Everyone must do their part in fighting this disease, and we’re so pleased that our city, local healthcare providers, the youth, and our residents and staff are taking an active role.”
SOME FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER
• About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
• The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
• If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
• If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.
• Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.