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Atkins Foundation plans Walk With Angels benefit March 5

Photo by Karie Bradley

Photo by Karie Bradley

CONYERS -- The Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation is asking the community to walk 8 miles to raise funds and increase understanding of the journey faced by those fighting cancer.

Walk With Angels is planned for Saturday, March 5, and will begin at the Georgia International Horse Park and end at the pavilion in Olde Town Conyers.

The walk is to honor those who have died from cancer and celebrate those who are fighting the disease. Each mile walked represents a quality in a cancer survivor and is intended to empower participants to show their support, according to the event's website.

"We wanted to have a fundraiser that included everyone, said Benny Atkins, president and founder of the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation. "This 8-mile walk is something that all ages can participate in. We also wanted to pay tribute to those fighting and beating this disease, as well as those who have passed."

The qualities represented starting from mile one are Strength, Hope, Courage, Determination, Faith, Wisdom, Love and Support and Bravery. The route runs from the horse park, down Gees Mill Road to Old Covington Highway, and behind the Home Depot. Walkers will then use a path under the bridge at Ga. Highway 138 to reach Green Street and then Olde Town Conyers.

Registration is under way. Teams of four will be challenged to raise $1,000 in donations while individual walkers are asked to raise $300. All proceeds raised will go toward the purchase of a mobile mammography unit to serve women in Rockdale and other nearby communities.

Walk With Angels is the latest fundraising event held by the foundation. Last year, the foundation held the "Bachelors & Bras" benefit in May, the annual Kimberley Chance Atkins Tennis Tournament in August and annual National EMS Chili Cook Off in November.

Sponsorships for each mile and for the start and finish lines are also being sought.

The foundation is named for the Memorial Middle School teacher who died of breast cancer in 1999, when she was 32. Atkins also was the Teacher of the Year at Memorial Middle School in 1998, when she went on to be named one of the Top 12 teachers in the state.

For more information, go to www.walkwithangels.

kimatkins.net or contact Atkins at 404-925-1535.