Belle Terre Residents to Staff Water Stations for Breast Cancer Survivors and Supporters in 17th Annual Families Walk for HopeApril 20, 2011
When breast cancer survivors and their supporters take part in the 17th annual Families Walk for Hope on Saturday, May 7, residents of the
The Walk, which raises money for the
For Belle Terre resident and OB/GYN Amy Richter, MD, volunteering to staff water stations along the route is a way for residents to support the walkers and to share the beauty of their village. According to Dr. Richter, the tradition dates back to the 90s when Vincent Bove was both mayor of Belle Terre and chairman of
“We wanted to do something for the hospital and also to share the personal love residents have for the natural beauty of our neighborhoods,??? Richter said. Pross and Sheila Knapp, the current Deputy Mayor of Belle Terre, set up a water station that first year. “Now we continue to man the stations in our neighborhoods and rally for the survivors and their families,??? Richter said.
As an OB/GYN, Richter also has a personal interest in helping to raise funds for the
Participants must register for the event and may pay the $20 registration fee in advance or at the event. Registered participants receive a $10 Walmart card for every $200 raised (limit five cards per walker). Students can receive four hours of community service credit by bringing their registration fee and donations to the registration area on May 7.
Registered participants at the walk will be treated to food, music, great raffle prizes and the camaraderie that comes with joining hundreds of others in fighting breast cancer.
Those who cannot attend the walk can still raise funds as a virtual walker through the hospital’s website. To register to walk or as a virtual walker, go to www.matherhospital.org/walk or contact
regular mammograms and physical examinations, expert follow-up care, education for patients, families and the community, and breast cancer support groups.
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