HJ/EDJuly 31, 2006

HL cancer survivor ready to walk

By Lynda Jensen

Imagine walking back and forth more than six times between Howard Lake and Winsted to the tune of about 50 miles.

That’s exactly how may miles that Howard Lake cancer survivor Judy Mattson plans to walk, with the Susan G. Komen three-day walk for cancer research coming up in August.

Mattson has been training with a friend, Tonya Stierlen of Howard Lake, for the past several months.

“We walk to Waverly and back,” Mattson said. She has also walked to her son’s home at Lake Stella and back.

The walk is part of the Susan G. Komen three day walk, set for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18-20.

The Twin Cities breast cancer three day walk will begin with opening ceremonies at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley,  Aug. 18 at 6:30 am and conclude with closing ceremonies at the state capitol grounds in St. Paul Aug. 20 at 4:30 pm. 

Details of the walk

On the first day, walkers spend the first portion of the day in the rolling hills of Eagan (full of ponds, wildlife, and a few urban shopping areas) on the wide walking trails before crossing into Bloomington.

The crossing into Bloomington takes walkers over the upper Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge, one of the state’s most picturesque areas.

Once in Bloomington, the hills have flattened, and walkers will pass by the Mall of America before arriving at Camp. This campsite is full of even fields for tents, and keeps all amenities within reach for all participants.

Midway through day two, walkers will experience a few hills as they approach the Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington, one of the Twin Cities’ largest and most beautiful recreational areas.

The park is full of paved walking trails, and encircles Hyland Lake, where the walkers will relax and refresh in the shade at the lunch stop overlooking the lake. 

After lunch, walkers will re-enter residential areas with a few more of the 10,000 lakes Minnesota is so famous for.

On day three, walkers walk along the banks of Lake Nokomis in the southern part of the city, before crossing into St. Paul. There, walkers will walk along the mighty Mississippi River, before heading down Summit Ave., home to some of the oldest and most grand mansions in the State of Minnesota.

After passing by the governor’s mansion, walkers will arrive at the breathtaking State Capitol.

The exact route is still being finalized and subject to change. Developing the ideal course that will provide for a safe and scenic weekend is a long process, involving the cooperation of many jurisdictions.

Net proceeds from the event benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to fund breast cancer research and community outreach, as well as the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund, to provide an endowment for breast cancer initiatives.

Background on other Susan G. Komen activities

In 1983, Nancy Brinker created the first Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure in Dallas, Texas with 800 participants.

Today, the Komen Race for the Cure series is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world.

In addition to raising funds, the Komen Race for the Cure series is committed to educating the public about early detection, the strongest method of surviving this life-threatening disease.

The five-year survival rate is 95 percent when the disease is discovered while still confined to the breast.

The Komen Race for the Cure series helps raise awareness of the importance of a positive breast health program – annual mammography beginning at age 40, clinical breast exams at least every three years beginning at age 20 and annually at age 40, and monthly breast self-examinations for all women beginning by age 20.

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