CARIBOU, Maine — An annual event put on by the Cary Medical Center Auxiliary will be given a new twist this weekend when the organization once again holds the annual Walk for Care Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Saturday, Oct. 2.
The event is now in its 18th year and has raised more than $200,000 for the mammography program at Cary Medical Center in Caribou.
Registration for the 2-mile walk will begin at the American Legion hall on Sweden Street in downtown Caribou at 9 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m.
The new twist to this year’s activity is a motorcycle ride. Motorcyclists will gather at the American Legion parking lot in downtown Caribou and will ride to Fort Fairfield, Limestone, Van Buren and back, ending at Cary Medical Center. Like those walking in the event, motorcyclists are asked to collect pledges and will be eligi-ble for prizes. The motorcycle ride was added as a way to bring a new element to the project, Allyson Masse, auxiliary president, said Monday.
Masse said that motorcycle riding has grown more popular over the years, especially among women. She said planners felt a motorcycle ride “would be a great new addition to our event and will help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and raise additional funds for the mammography project at Cary.”
In the past, funds raised by the walk helped purchase a new mammography instrument for the hospital and have been directed toward a project that will establish a new Center for Breast Health at the Caribou facility.
Kris Doody, chief executive officer of Cary Medical Center, lauded the auxiliary for its fundraising efforts.
“The Cary Medical Center Auxiliary has helped to build a fund that will serve as the foundation for a capital campaign that will create not only the latest technology in breast cancer diagnosis but a comprehensive center that will advance prevention, awareness and treatment efforts,” she said.
A number of breast cancer survivors participate in the Walk for Care, and it has become the largest fundraising event of the year for the Cary Auxiliary. Individuals also walk in honor or in memory of a loved one who has been affected by breast cancer.
Walkers or riders may register as individuals or as a team. The Walk for Care will conclude with a reception in the Chan Center at Cary, where refreshments will be provided and prizes for the individuals or teams gathering the most in pledges will be awarded. First, second and third prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively. Drawings will be held for door prizes. Individuals can pick up pledge sheets in many locations throughout the Caribou area, including Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services locations in Caribou, Van Buren, Limestone and Presque Isle.
Individuals planning to participate in the motorcycle ride who have questions are asked to call Doris St. Hilaire in the Cary Human Resources Office at 498-1234.