Ranburne High School site of event Saturday for breast cancer awareness
by Laura Camper
Oct 03, 2013 | 3251 views |  0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After watching friends and acquaintances battle breast cancer, two Cleburne County sisters decided to do something to help and organized a breast cancer awareness walk to raise money for local patients.

The outcome of their efforts is called Steps to Help, a run and walk for Saturday at Ranburne High School that will include music, speakers and an opportunity for women to get mammograms, said Runa Kimbrell, one of the organizers.

This is the second Steps to Help Breast Cancer Awareness Walk she and her sister, Shelby Lueke, have organized, Kimbrell said.

Last year the walk raised $5,000 for Steel Magnolias at Regional Medical Center and the Breast Health Center at Tanner Hospital in Carrollton, Ga., Kimbrell said. At the time, Kimbrell was watching three members of her church go through treatments.

The money raised helps people in the community, both men and women, undergoing treatment for breast cancer, she said.

“I don’t care if the money goes to wigs … or having a test done,” Kimbrell said. “I don’t care where the money goes as long as it helps our ladies.”

Saturday, there will be a 5-kilometer run beginning at 7 a.m. and a 3K and 5K walk at 9 a.m. In addition, country-gospel group Home Grown will play for the participants after the walk. Bobby Gaines from WKNG radio will be the master of ceremonies for the event, Kimbrell said.

The two also lined up LeMerle McIntyre, a cancer survivor from Bowdon, Ga., to speak as well as representatives from both hospitals, Kimbrell said.

Kimbrell said Tanner Hospital’s Mammography on the Move, a mobile mammography clinic, will be on site to do mammograms. Call 770-836-9721 to make an appointment and check on the price.

Registration to walk is $10 and participants can register the day of the race, Kimbrell said.

Freedom Baptist Church in Ranburne is also donating the proceeds from a performance of the play “Who Dun Stole the Bride” on Oct. 26, to Steps to Help. Tickets are $10 and must be bought in advance.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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