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14th Annual Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer Walk
8/28/2018 10:53:26 AM
Ethel Precht Walk

In 2004, with the help of family and friends, Ms. Ethel Precht – the wife of a local rice farmer in Cameron Parish – used her experience as a breast cancer survivor to help others through their journey battling this terrible disease. Her goal was simple, yet unique. To create a local walk event that would provide 100% of proceeds directly back to individuals from Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes who are undergoing breast cancer treatment.  
                                                                                                                      
Now in its 14th year, the Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer Walk continues to grow in financial and community viability, reaching well over 5,000 participants on walk day! This year walkers can also experience the 1st Annual ‘Save the Girls’ Gumbo Cook-Off, where teams compete for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, the People’s Choice award, and more – again, staying true to the mission of giving 100% of proceeds to local survivors. A Car Show is also in the works to add to the celebration scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 8:00 a.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. 

According to the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2017 – 2018; a woman living in the U.S. has a 12.4%, or a 1-in-8, lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Locally, the HOPE Breast Cancer Foundation has provided financial support to nearly 650 survivors, equating to just under $500,000. The assistance provides such things as wigs, prosthesis, payment of medical bills, and transportation to and from cancer treatment centers. 

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, survivor Millisa Shell states, "My neighbor told me about the support group affiliated with the Ethel Precht Foundation, and encouraged me to attend. There I found others who understood exactly what I was going through. The financial aid was a true blessing, but the emotional support from other survivors provided a forum for healing. I’ve been cancer-free for seven years and still attend the support group every month.” 

Jan Blake, another survivor, says, "The vision and legacy that Ethel Precht created for this community is nothing short of beautiful. We hear story after story of how the monetary assistance has helped ease the financial burdens of families across Southwest Louisiana. The support group has recently embraced a similar spirit of giving and are delivering ‘We Care Goodie Bags’ to patients undergoing cancer treatment at area hospitals. It’s another way to let fellow survivors know they are not alone.”

Monetary contributions are accepted year-round online. Walk pre-registration is open until September 30. T-shirt pickup and in-person pre-registration will be available throughout September at the following locations:

September 8    Sam’s Club – Lake Charles  9:00am – 2:00pm
September 15 Brown’s Grocery – Grand Lake 9:00am – Noon
        Stine Home & Garden – Sulphur 8:00am - Noon
September 22  Prien Lake Mall   10:00am – 3:00pm
September 29 Donna’s Lingerie     10:00am – 2:00pm

For complete information, please visit www.ethelbreastcancerwalk.org.

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