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Walk with Angels to benefit breast cancer foundation

These Walk With Angels participants from 2013 show their “pink pride” as they take part in the 8-mile walk to benefit the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation. Walkers are asked to raise money to help support breast cancer awareness and screenings in Rockdale and Newton counties. (Special Photo)

These Walk With Angels participants from 2013 show their “pink pride” as they take part in the 8-mile walk to benefit the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation. Walkers are asked to raise money to help support breast cancer awareness and screenings in Rockdale and Newton counties. (Special Photo)

CONYERS — It’s time to “think pink” and start training for the fourth annual Walk With Angels, an 8-mile trek to benefit the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation.

The event, set for Saturday, March 29, will begin at 8 a.m. at the Olde Town Pavilion and follow a course where mile markers will recognize the qualities required in the fight against cancer: strength, hope, courage, determination, faith, wisdom, love and support and bravery.

Although the walk is held in Rockdale County each year, proceeds will also benefit Newton County residents. According to organizer Susan Paul Smith, since 2012 the KCAF has partnered with the Newton County Health Department, Newton Medical Center and Quantum Medical Radiology to provide more than 175 women with clinical breast exams and mammograms.

In Rockdale County, the partnership began in 2011 and has provided more than 350 clinical breast exams and mammograms through partnerships with the Rockdale County Health Department, Rockdale Medical Center and Diagnostic Imaging Specialists.

Walkers — whether they are survivors, caregivers, family members or friends — may form teams for the event or participate as individuals. Individual walkers are required to raise a minimum of $300 each. Walkers on teams are required to collect between $200 and $300 depending on the number of walkers on the team. Each registered walker will receive a T-shirt and goodie bag. Prizes for individuals and teams will be awarded for Most Money Raised by an Individual Walker/Team, Most Spirited Team, Most Determined Walker, and more.

Walkers may register or make a donation online at www.kimatkins.net.

According to Smith, the mission of KCAF is changing lives by providing education, compassionate support and prevention programs promoting breast health awareness. KCAF provides education about breast self-exams, funds breast screenings and mammograms if needed for women with limited financial resources, and offers support to those fighting breast cancer.