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Register now for Casper’s Pink Ribbon Run August 13


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative will host Casper’s Pink Ribbon Run on Aug. 13 at David Street Station. This year’s theme is “Tutu in 22,” and funds raised will benefit the initiative’s work with Wyoming families.

Resource booths and registration for the 5K walk/run begin at 7:15 a.m. that Saturday, followed by messages from some survivors of breast cancer. Brenna Gatimu, this year’s “Survivor of the Year,” will speak about her experience; Senator John Barrasso and his wife Bobbi Barrasso (who is a survivor of breast cancer and one of the founding members of the Initiative) will also address attendees with a “special message of hope and encouragement.”

The run itself will begin at 8 a.m., and the awards ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m.

“This is our opportunity to celebrate breast cancer survivors and remember those we have lost to this devastating disease,” wrote the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative on its registration page. “Funds from the event support WBCI grants for breast cancer education, early detection, patient navigation, and survivor support.”

According to its website, the initiative “partners with hospitals, public health organizations, and other breast cancer support groups to meet the specific needs of Wyoming.” The state ranks last in the nation for breast health screenings for women over 50, the site continues, and the initiative is “committed to helping fill the gap to promote this life-saving cause.”

After expenses, all funding will go to the Initiative’s work providing grants and other resources to those affected by breast cancer.

The run isn’t timed, and people of all ages are welcome to complete the distance at their own speeds. During the run, music and activities will take place at David Street Station. “Families can just enjoy the fellowship and the atmosphere, and then be there as their loved one or friend crosses the finish line,” said representative Cathy Holman.

Breast cancer warriors and survivors can register for the event for free and are invited to attend the survivor celebration. Others can donate to the cause or register for the run on the initiative’s registration page. Non-survivor adults — ages 19 and up — can register for $30, and those 18 or younger can register as youth for $15.

Every participant will get a free event T-shirt.

Packet pick-up will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 at David Street Station, according to the page.

If you can’t make the Casper run, or want to participate in the initiative’s other Pink Ribbon Runs, events will also be hosted in Riverton and Cheyenne. Riverton’s run will take place on the SageWest Health Care Riverton Campus on Saturday, July 30, and Cheyenne’s will take place at the Wyoming Supreme Court North Lawn on Saturday, Aug. 6.

For more information, visit the registration page or Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative’s website.