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Surgical team to walk for cancer

COVINGTON - Several Newton Medical Center staff members will be joining thousands of others walking together when the Breast Cancer 3-Day event returns to Atlanta this weekend, according to Sharon Barbour, spokesperson for the facility.

Cathy Mays, Joan Oliver and Crystal Joyner, a group from Surgical Services, will spend all weekend together on a 60-mile route around Atlanta. The challenging weekend requires participants to walk nearly the length of a marathon three days in a row, sleep in tents and eat under the stars.

The three women began training for the event last April after Oliver's twin sister died from metastatic breast cancer. Mays lost a good friend to breast cancer earlier in the spring. The entire OR staff has rallied behind them with donations, good wishes and survival supplies for the trip.

"We've raised a total of $7,710," said Oliver. Each of them exceeded the minimum required amount of $2,200. "We want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support we've received," she said.

"This weekend is going to be cold," said Joyner, "but we have our survival gear." Staff members from the Post Anesthesia Care Unit made pink scarves, hand warmers, hats and goodie bags filled with cold weather supplies. "They even embroidered our names on the scarves and bags," she said.

Proceeds from the walk fund life-saving breast cancer research and community outreach programs.

"We are very excited to be a part of finding a cure and educating women about the importance of early detection," Mays said.

The Breast Cancer 3 Day begins at 7 a.m. Friday with opening ceremonies at North Point Mall and ends about 5 p.m. Sunday with closing ceremonies at the World Congress Center.

For more information, visit www.the3day.org.