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Save the Date for Monongahela Valley Hospital's Annual Breast Cancer Walk

(August 20, 2014 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Help Monongahela Valley Hospital paint the Valley pink for the 11th Annual MVH/Lois Orange Ducoeur Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Charleroi Market House, 423 McKean Ave., Charleroi.

Registration for the one- or two-mile fun walk begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The event supports the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer in our community at Monongahela Valley Hospital.

Walkers are asked to make a small monetary donation to participate. Teams are welcome and participants are encouraged to wear pink.

Last year's walk raised $14,000 and attracted more than 400 participants.

A committee of 25 local women plan and organize the event and the committee includes representatives from the California University of Pennsylvania, MarBill Diamonds & Jewelry, Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Valley Independent and many others.

"We hope to expand the walk's reach to include all of the areas in and surrounding the Mon Valley proper. Breast cancer is a prevalent disease and most of us know someone who has been affected by it," said Melissa Marion, MVH director of Fund Development. "The funds will stay in the Valley, helping our families, friends and neighbors."

There are several breast cancer survivors on the planning committee and they call the walk, "their victory lap."

"As a survivor, this walk has been important to me as a way to get much-needed information to cancer patients, survivors and families," said Donna Angelo of Charleroi.

The Breast Cancer Walk was created to honor the memory of Lois Orange Ducoeur, who lost her battle with cancer in 1965 at age 54. The Ducoeur family operated Orange's Gift store and Ducoeur Furniture Store in Charleroi for 118 years.

As of Aug. 20, the major event sponsors include the Colgan Insurance Agency, MarBill Diamonds & Jewelry, Monessen/Rostraver Rotary and The Valley Independent/Trib Total Media.

For more information, call MVHs Office of Fund Development at 724-258-1855.

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