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NEWS | Oct. 10, 2019

Annual 5K/9K event at JBSA-Randolph raises awareness of breast cancer

By Robert Goetz 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 59th Medical Wing sponsors its annual Breast Cancer Awareness 5K/9K at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph’s Heritage Park.

The annual event, which is open to anyone with base access, raises awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection and regular screenings during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Breast cancer is a condition that affects so many in our country both directly and indirectly,” said Gina Ramirez, JBSA-Randolph Mental Health Outreach coordinator. “It is important that we all come together as the Joint Base San Antonio community to support those that are currently fighting breast cancer, to celebrate with those that have survived breast cancer and to honor those that breast cancer has taken from us.”

The 5K is a noncompetitive event for all participants with one exception: boys and girls ages 7-15, who will be given the opportunity to compete for a medal. Age categories for boys and girls are 7-9, 10-12 and 13-15.

All 5K participants are welcome to run and/or walk. Jogging strollers and leashed pets are also welcome and encouraged.

The 9K is strictly a competitive running event for men and women. Runners will compete for a first-, second- or third-place medal in these age categories for men and women: 16-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over.

Runners can check in starting at 8 a.m.; a Zumba warmup begins at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is available at https://59mdw.org/bca.

The event will also include a resiliency fair featuring members of national, local and base organizations who volunteer their time to share resources with the military community.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities also include posters and an information table in the JBSA-Randolph Family Health Clinic waiting room and walk-in mammograms at JBSA radiology clinics.

The posters display information about breast cancer, signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and factors that increase the risk of breast cancer. The information table holds educational literature on mammograms, breast exams and breast cancer.

Walk-in mammograms will be offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston radiology clinic and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday in October at the JBSA-Randolph radiology clinic.