Letter to the Editor

BVRMC A.W.A.R.E. event celebrates 8th year

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The 8th annual BVRMC A.W.A.R.E. 5K Walk/Run Event was held Saturday, September 26. There were 395 registrations and over $15,000.00 collected in support of cancer awareness. The funds will be used to assist BVRMC patients (both men and women) in treatment for any kind of cancer.

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support with this important event: BVRMC Engineering/Maintenance Department and the Storm Lake Public Safety Department.

We would also like to express appreciation to the following individuals for volunteering their time: Alta-Aurelia Cheerleaders, St. Mary's Cheerleaders, Mary Beth Andrews, Storm Lake High School Key Club members, Brenda McVinua, and Mary Rose Timko.

We could not have done this without the financial support of the following sponsors: Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Central Bank, Tyson Foods, Inc. -- Turkey Division, Jason Dierking, M.D., F.A.C.S., Surgeon, UnityPoint Health Clinics, Security Trust and Savings Bank, MetaBank, United Bank of Iowa, United Community Health Center, Northwest Iowa Bone & Joint Surgeons, Family Dental Center, P.C., Dr. Hansen & Hansen, SSI Digital Print Services, and Brown's Shoe Fit.

Thanks to all for contributing to help those in treatment for cancer to purchase prosthesis supplies, personal cancer recovery items, wigs, medical expenses, gas or groceries.

If you have questions about receiving funds, please contact Oncology Patient Advocate, Zena Olerich, B.S.W., at 712.213.8671 or by e-mail at olerich.zena@bvrmc.org.

If you would like to see photos of this year's event, please go to www.bvrmc.org.

The entire committee would like to express appreciation for everyone's support in making the A.W.A.R.E. 5K so successful and meaningful. We look forward to next year's 9th annual event!

Committee members: Mary Drey,

Evan Franzmeier, Lynette Goodman, Deb Hinkeldey, Coleen Imming, Lexanne Johnson, Deb Langner, Julie McKinney, Kris Moon, Danielle Schlenger, Katie Schwint, Peggy Slagle, Zena Olerich