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Wednesday, Oct 10 2012 09:30 AM

'Links for Life' walk a success

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Marty Barnes, nine plus years breast cancer survivor and Mayor Ed Grimes, five plus years prostrate cancer survivor lead the Links for Life walk beginning at Yogurt Junction and continuing east on Tehachapi Blvd., to Red House BBQ and making a return trip down "E" St. Photo by Shirley Given

The morning of Oct. 6 was a perfect day for a walk and over 200 people came to Downtown Yogurt Junction on East "E" St., to participate in the American Cancer Society's "Links for Life" breast cancer awareness walk.

Mayor Ed Grimes, a five-plus years prostate cancer survivor, presented Mary Van Blake with a proclamation from the Tehachapi City Council proclaiming October "Paint Our Town Pink" month.

"You have to fight, you cannot give up, we don't have to let cancer win," Grimes said. "If we can put a man on the moon, we should be able to find a cure for cancer and I hope that happens within my life time. The proclamation was followed with a prayer from Pastor Greg Bower.

"This is the second annual 'Links for Life' in Tehachapi. I am a four year breast cancer survivor and began a support group here in Tehachapi at that time," said Van Blake, coordinator for the Tehachapi Links for Life. "We are so pleased with the response to the walk," she added.

In Bakersfield, on Monday, Oct. 1, more than 1,000 people participated in three separate walks for the cause.

"The 'Links for Life' organization began 20 years ago and has continued to thrive, inspire and keep breast cancer awareness in the forefront," said Bakersfield Links for Life Executive Director Jennifer Henry.

"Our hope is to remind everyone to get a mammogram," she added. "It is important for women to understand a mammogram is available to all women, regardless finances."

For more information on mammograms and associated cost-free programs, call 661-322-5601.

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