St. Bernards Will Host Inaugural ‘Pink Warrior Walk’ in October
The St. Bernards Women’s Council has planned its inaugural “Pink Warrior Run/Walk” throughout the month of October to raise funds supporting breast health services to uninsured and underinsured individuals. St. Bernards organized the event—virtual in 2020—in response to the Northeast Arkansas Race for the Cure’s recent permanent cancelation.
St. Bernards director of imaging services Alicia Storey said funds raised through the Northeast Arkansas Race for the Cure have helped maintain critically-important breast health services for years. These funds allowed St. Bernards to provide more than 2,000 mammograms as well as 300 ultrasounds and biopsies to women and men across a 23-county region in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri in 2019 alone. With the Race for the Cure’s permanent cancelation, Storey said the Pink Warrior Walk will ensure uninsured and underinsured individuals do not go without these services.
“This program must get the support it needs to sustain vital breast health services across our region,” Storey said. “Consequently, every cent raised through the Pink Warrior Run/Walk will stay right here in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri.”
St. Bernards will keep the virtual 5k open throughout the entire month of October 2020, and participants may walk or run 3.1 miles any day of their choosing. The registration fee is $25, with each participant receiving a t-shirt, goodie bag and race bib. Participants can create teams or host private virtual fundraisers to support the race.
St. Bernards Foundation President Kila Owens said she expects the 2020 virtual race will provide the necessary starting point for expanded events in the future.
“With COVID-19, we knew this year’s race needed to be virtual, but we anticipate this race being bigger and better in 2021,” said Owens. “We want to expand the Pink Warrior Run/Walk to include other events, including a downtown restaurant crawl and the annual St. Bernards Runway to the Cure event. We will continue however we can to raise breast cancer awareness in our region.”
For more information on the 2020 virtual Pink Warrior Run/Walk, please visit https://www.stbernards.info/pink-warrior.