Due to an editor's error, a Tuesday Empire photo mistakenly identified a walk organized by the Southeast Alaska Cancer and Wellness Foundation on Saturday. The walk was held to honor survivors of cancer in Juneau.
Freda Rogers and Jo Dahl are trying to ease the most painful part of most doctor visits - paying the bills. Over three years the Juneau women developed a system for individuals to track and manage their medical bills and health insurance. Now they're turning it into a business.
Shawn Miller and Deb Groves finished first in the prostate cancer run and the breast cancer run, respectively, on Saturday. But the real winners will be the cancer patients and their families who benefit from the fund-raising events. The 12th Annual "Beat the Odds" All-Women's Race Against Breast Cancer attracted 576 registrants, said race director George Elgee of the organizing Glacier Valley Rotary Club. The Eighth Annual Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, organized by the Southeast Road Runners Club, had 71 participants. Both events featured 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) runs and 2-mile walks that started and finished at Mendenhall River Community School.
For most races, the story is about fast runners and fast times. But Saturday's two cancer awareness runs at Mendenhall River Community School told a different story.
Women who want to lead long, healthy lives are invited to attend a free forum titled Celebrating Women's Lives: Growing Older, Growing Wise, from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall. The presentation includes a free lunch.
When Glenda Palmer's daughter was sent to Seattle in 1996 to see a doctor at the Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, she thought she and her daughter would be back in Juneau within a few days. "We went down there not knowing it was cancer, thinking we were just getting a check-up because my daughter wasn't doing well," Palmer said. "We never got to come home for seven-and-a-half months."
Preventing cancer and osteoporosis are the topics of this year's Women's Health Forum, set for Saturday at Centennial Hall. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
...and Borough of Juneau: Centennial Hall Staff; Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: Laura Fleming; Southeast Alaska Cancer and Wellness Foundation: Cynthia Callivroussi, Mike Miller; Alaska Health Fairs: Valerie O'Hare; Hospice and Home Care...
"It's something we need, it's going to be fun, and the food is going to be delicious," explains Eunice Akagi. She's encouraging her friends to attend this year's Women's Health Forum scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 15, at Centennial Hall. Jane MacKinnon looks forward to the health care experts brought in from out of town. "They have some terrific speakers that have up to the minute information," she said.
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