In its 11th year, the University Hospital Miracle Mile Walk raised enough money to fund nearly 1,900 mammograms for women who would not otherwise be able to afford the potentially life-saving cancer screening.
Organizers announced Monday that $300,307 was raised at the Miracle Mile Walk, held Oct. 15 in downtown Augusta.
The walk’s proceeds benefit University Hospital’s Breast Health Center and mobile mammography program, which pays for mammograms for women without adequate insurance, and also provides them with wigs and prostheses if they are diagnosed with cancer and require treatment.
The money is just one of the ways this year’s walk broke records, said Laurie Ott, the president of the University Health Care Foundation.
“This represents an incredible milestone,” she said, adding that last year’s walk raised about $180,000. “This is a real testament to the generosity of the community.”
This year, more than 7,000 people participated in the three-mile walk down Broad and Reynolds
streets, up from 5,000 participants last year.
At least 300 were breast cancer survivors.
The crowd included grandparents, babies, doctors, nurses and businesspeople who donated to the cause, Ott said.
Ann Trotter, the chairwoman of the 2011 walk, said she hopes the Miracle Mile, which was founded in 2000 with about 50 walkers, continues to grow.
“All of this money raised goes right back into this community,” she said.
Mattie Johnson said she is thankful there are people in the community who would donate to help women like her who do not have health insurance.
She lined up Monday to use University’s mobile mammography unit, a 40-foot van that travels a 25-county area to provide women with screenings.
“I am thankful people are helping me out, because I don’t have any insurance,” said Johnson, 60. “This could save a life.”