Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center to host 10th Annual Power of Pink

September 13, 2016


2016 5K Overall
2016 5K Age Group


Valerie Kramer of Waynesville, owner of the Lunchbox Café met Johanna Dewees as Johanna was trying out a new place to eat lunch.  Johanna, is a member of the Power of Pink Team and Breast Care Navigator in the Haywood Regional Medical Center’s Women’s Care Center.  They struck up a conversation and Valerie mentioned she had a family member who had had breast cancer.  Then Valerie mentioned she had a lump in her breast. She had no medical insurance and didn’t know what to do.

Johanna immediately explained to Valerie that Power of Pink raises funds through their 5K Run/Walk Event each fall and those funds pay for mammograms.  Valerie went to the Haywood County Health Department based on Johanna’s recommendation and through a referral, received a mammogram, thanks to proceeds of the Power of Pink. Valerie said, “I didn’t have insurance but knew I had a lump in my breast. It was very scary, especially since my own mother had breast cancer. Thanks to this examination, I was in fact diagnosed and able to receive immediate attention.”

At this time, Valerie is undergoing chemotherapy treatments to fight this disease. “I have a one in five chance of the cancer returning, but that’s ok. It’s better than none!” 

Valerie stated she would not have been able to get the help she needed if it hadn’t been for the Power of Pink. If lives can be spared because of the efforts of participants, a good day has been dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.

Johanna stated “I never want another woman to think that because they don’t have a current care provider or health insurance that they cannot be assessed and cared for.  This community is one of the most caring and experienced Healthcare communities I have ever had the pleasure to work as part of and I am here to answer questions and talk to any person or group at any time. Who knew that going to lunch and not being afraid to share what you do for a living could save a life! I feel honored to work for Haywood Regional Medical Center and Duke Lifepoint.  I want this community to know what excellent care exists, right here where we live.”

This year’s Power of Pink Event will take place on Saturday, September 24th, beginning at the Haywood Regional Fitness Center. The course begins at the Fitness Center, winds around Jones Cove Road and finishes back at the Fitness Center.  

Early registration is $25.00 and on the day of registration, $30.00. Registration on the day of the event takes place from 8:00am to 9:30am.  The Honor/Memory Walk and Dog Walk is $10.00 and starts at 10:00am. Dogs receive a pink bandana when participating. Groups of more than 5 from a single organization can participate for $20 per person.

Everyone is encouraged to participate and have a fun morning while doing so.  Bring your pet for a nice morning walk and dress them and/or yourself in pink to add to the festivities. A memory walk is specifically for those who have friends and family who have experienced breast cancer. We are all in this fight together! If you don’t have a pet, bring a friend and celebrate a healthy life.

Go to www.HaywoodHealthcareFoundation.org for registration and additional information.  

Register online for the event here: http://www.imathlete.com/events/EventOverview.aspx?fEID=38395&z=1468437476847