Gettysburg, SD

Family fun run/walk set for Saturday

The family fun walk/run to help fight breast cancer is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 in Gettysburg, rain or shine!
In conjunction with October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the event is organized to raise money to assist those who are fighting the disease from the local area.
Individuals, families, and teams are encouraged to participate in the fundraiser in either of two categories — both a mile-long family walk and kids fun run and a 5K run or walk will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. There is a fee to register.
If it is nice out, participants are asked to meet at the track at Battler Field. Just a reminder — no bikes or dogs are allowed on the track. If it is raining and the event can’t be held outside, look for signs to meet in the school gym and bring a dry pair of shoes, and the event will be held inside.
“No matter what the weather, we are still a go!” said Kelsey Fischer, who is organizing the event. She said to add to the fun in the spirit of Halloween, everyone is encouraged to wear costumes for the event, and prizes will be awarded for different categories for both adults and children. “There are a ton of great prizes to raffle off, and great prizes for the costume contest winner as well!” she said, reminding everyone to get costumes together to add to the fun of the morning.
Funds to stay local
This year’s funds will be divided. Part of the funds will be donated to the Gettysburg Memorial Hospital Fund to help with prevention and screening for those who need assistance.
The individual beneficiary this year is Julie Joachim. Proceeds from the race, free will offering, and shirt sales will help with her medical expenses.
She has been battling breast cancer since 2001. First she had a lumpectomy and radiation, then a mastectomy and chemo, and most recently she maxed out on radiation and used oral therapy. Has also used diet modification and homeopathic therapies.
She is leaving for treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX on Oct. 16 where she will meet with doctors to devise a treatment plan. She will find out when she gets there if she will stay for treatment or if she can come home and have treatments administered by the McHale institute in Sioux Falls.
Julie and her husband, Doug, farm near Agar and are the parents of Justin and Jared. Justin and his wife, Beth, live in Gettysburg.
Just a reminder — if anyone registered but hasn’t submitted their fee, please bring that with you Saturday morning. Packet pickup and day-of registration goes from 8 a.m.-8:45 a.m. at the high school gym.
It be a great way to kick off a fun day while helping raise money for breast cancer research.
To register, make a donation, or learn more, stop by the Vibe Salon. Registration information is also available at Vilas and the GHS office.