Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon

Participants gather at the track before a breast cancer awareness walk-a-thon at Incirlik AB, Turkey, Oct. 27, 2017. Walkers were encouraged to wear pink, which is the chosen color for this cause. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)

Participants gather at the track before a breast cancer awareness walk-a-thon at Incirlik AB, Turkey, Oct. 27, 2017. Walkers were encouraged to wear pink, which is the chosen color for this cause. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)

Base members walk around the track for two hours in support of a breast cancer awareness walk-a-thon at Incirlik AB, Turkey, Oct. 27, 2017. October is nationally known as Breast Cancer Awareness month and is meant to bring attention to the need for cancer research and early cancer prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)

Base members walk around the track for two hours in support of a breast cancer awareness walk-a-thon at Incirlik AB, Turkey, Oct. 27, 2017. October is nationally known as Breast Cancer Awareness month and is meant to bring attention to the need for cancer research and early cancer prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey --

A walk-a-thon was held at the base track for Breast Cancer Awareness month on Oct. 27, 2017.

Participants walked for two hours to support an event held by the 39th Medical Group Health Promotion team with the goal of bringing awareness to breast cancer early detection and research for a cure.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming thousands of lives each year according to the World Cancer Research Fund network.

Between laps, some walkers shared their own experiences with the effects that breast cancer has had on their friends and family members.

“My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. It went into remission in 2012, but watching her during her treatment was difficult. I came out today because I’m trying to do as much as I can from afar. Being supportive of events like these makes me feel like I’m helping,” said Tech. Sgt. Brittany Hambrick, 39th Communications Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of infrastructure.

The walk-a-thon was just one event held annually by the 39th MDG Health Promotion team to bring awareness to health issues.

Master Sgt. Aaron Miller, 39th MDG Public Health flight chief, explained, “Any ideas to promote awareness is empowering. If it impacts even just one life then it’s worth it.”

 

 

For more information, please visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation website at www.nationalbreastcancer.org or the 39th Medical Group home page at http://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/MTF/Incirlik/About-Us/