Walk helps patients in every step of breast cancer journey

MIKE ADAMS/SPECIAL. The Wier Family releases pink balloons in honor of a family member at the 17th annual Miracle Mile Walk on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Thank you, CSRA, for another successful three-mile Miracle Mile Walk through the streets of beautiful downtown Augusta!

 

This annual event organized by University Health Care Foundation raises funds to support patients at University Hospital’s Breast Health Center, including our Mobile Mammography Unit.

Because of our community’s commitment and tireless efforts, no woman is ever turned away from having a mammogram. The Miracle Mile Walk is the region’s largest locally originating walk, and the only one in which 100 percent of the net proceeds stays in our community to help patients.

We are especially appreciative of the support from our Miracle Mile Walk 2017 presenting sponsors: The Knox Foundation, Magnolia’s Breast Health Boutique, Beasley Media Group and Be Still Displays. In addition, almost 100 sponsors in all, including The Augusta Chronicle, stepped forward to enhance the benefits of over 15,000 walkers and their generous contributions.

Our 17th Annual Miracle Mile Walk honored the memory of Dr. Marion A. Wier, a talented radiologist who assisted in the diagnosis of breast cancer in our area for decades.

Dr. Wier passed away earlier this spring, but his passion for breast cancer detection and the supporting services offered by University Hospital led to the recent dedication of University Hospital’s Marion A. Wier, MD Breast Health Imaging.

His family attended our walk this year to honor his memory by assisting with our balloon release, an emotional, but powerful moment that honors those lives lost to cancer.

University Hospital continues to support team efforts to increase awareness of all cancers — from screening to diagnosis to treatment. Mammograms provide that crucial head start.

For years our Mobile Mammography Unit allowed women the opportunity for breast cancer screenings in outlying counties. After logging over 250,000 miles and diagnosing more than 240 cases of breast cancer, our new unit, Women’s Wellness on Wheels, rolls out in November. In addition to life-saving mammograms, women can now benefit from heart attack and stroke prevention screenings on the new unit.

Miracle Mile Walk participants walk in support of those touched in some way by breast cancer. We walk for those who have won the battle, we walk for those in the heat of their battle and we walk for those whose journey has ended.

This remains a team effort indeed, and the CSRA is part of our team. It is an honor to serve among such a dedicated group of volunteers.

We remain grateful to your commitment to University Hospital and the people of this community whom we serve.

When you see the Women’s Wellness on Wheels, stand a bit taller and smile – your efforts helped bring this new-age unit with state-of-the-art equipment to our community!

 

The writers are co-chairs of Miracle Mile Walk 2017. They have collectively contributed 16 years of leadership to what has become University Health Care Foundation’s largest event.

 

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