Amy Hafer Race for Cancer Awareness this Saturday

photo Employees from sponsor Bank of Eastern Oregon brought a festive spirit to last year's annual Amy Hafer Race for Cancer Awareness. From left, Nancy Maasdam, Tressie Allen, Jacinda Mitchell, and branch manager Jolene Cox.

The Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation is sponsoring the Eighth Annual Amy Hafer Race for Cancer Awareness on Saturday, June 27.

The race begins at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise at 9 a.m. and offers a one-mile walk, a 5K walk/run, and a 10K run. It is open to walkers and runners of all abilities.

The event includes a healthy buffet featuring fresh fruit, spa water, and healthy muffins, as well as door prizes, ribbons and awards for first-place finishes.

“We’ve been lucky and always had good weather,” said Foundation board member Terry Jones, who will emcee the event.

Early registration is open until the end of the day on Wednesday, June 24. After that, same-day registration goes into effect, and racers can show up Saturday by 8 a.m. to register at the door.

The Amy Hafer Race is named in honor of 1989 Wallowa High School graduate Amy Hafer, who lost her battle with breast cancer in November 2007 at the age of 38. Local artist Tim Norman, an uncle of Amy Hafer, donates beautiful bronze dragonflies as a tribute to his niece who loved dragonflies, to first-place finishers.

The purpose of the event is to encourage everyone to make healthy lifestyle choices, including physical exercise and eating healthy food, and getting regular screenings so that cancer can be caught at its earliest stage.

Two local organizations are raising money through their own efforts to donate to Wallowa Memorial Hospital for low-income women to receive mammograms, and in some cases the follow-up appointment with a physician to receive a diagnosis. Chief Joseph Days Rodeo committee donates a portion of proceeds from its annual “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” Thursday night event; Soroptimist of Wallowa County also donates money each year. Also this year, high school senior Tiara Huffman organized her own fundraising campaign, “Go Pink or Go Home!” She’ll be presenting a check to the Foundation to help support local cancer screenings.

The Amy Hafer Race is supported by many sponsors, including Bank of Eastern Oregon, Legacy Ford in La Grande, Viridian Management in Enterprise, and Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise.

For more information, contact the Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation at 541-426-1913.

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