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CONTRIBUTORS Last year’s participants “walk the road to wellness” as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Walk to Wellness weathers rain

There was not much walking at this year’s Walk to Wellness, but organizers said the goal was still achieved, as women were educated and money was raised toward helping local women with finances while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

About 40 people walked a lap around the track at Russellville High School, and organizers blamed rain, which fell the majority of the event, for the low turnout. Book Lovers Study Club President Patricia Cox, however, pointed out that the primary goal of the event is not the walking. Those in attendance were encouraged to network and support the cause.

“We had a few brave souls who decided they were going to walk a lap or two because that was what we originally said we would do,” Cox said. “At the end of the day, it was all just about raising awareness.”

Cox estimated the event raised about $2,500 profit. All money raised will go to Russellville Hospital to help aid women in need of financial help while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Cox said one of the highlights of the event for her was being able to network with someone who is undergoing treatment in need of financial assistance so they can benefit from the money raised.

Book Lovers Study Club member and breast cancer survivor Beth Rhea also spoke to those in attendance about a support group for women in Franklin County undergoing treatment.

“It really is just about supporting each other and raising awareness for such a great cause,” Cox said.

This is the second year the Book Lovers Study Club sponsored the event, and Cox said she does not anticipate this to be the last year.

“We will do this next year, and we will continue to do this as long as we feel like it is making a difference in the life of someone here in Franklin County,” Cox said.