Event Scheduled for Sept. 29th; Former Olympic Gymnast to be Guest Speaker
On Saturday, September 29, 2012, Mountain Ridge High School will host the second annual Frostburg Soroptimist Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness beginning at 10 a.m. The walk was spearheaded last year by the Soroptimist International of Frostburg, along with Michaela Linn, drama teacher at Mountain Ridge, and Lisa Bohrer, community health and wellness manager at the PharmaCare Network. Both women lost their mothers to ovarian cancer.
Additionally, attending the event as the featured guest speaker will be former Olympic gymnast and ovarian cancer survivor, Shannon Miller. In an email to the Cumberland Times-News, Miller said, “I appreciate the opportunity to talk about women’s health, particularly with regard to women’s cancers. It’s so important that we each try to remind someone in our life to get their screenings and their exams.”
“The Linn family couldn’t be more excited about having Shannon Miller as part of this event,” Michaela said of Miller’s participation. “As she will stand before us, she will be a testament that with proper diagnosis, ovarian cancer does not need to be a death sentence.”
The Allegany County Public School System, in conjunction with the walk, will hold a “Teal Day” for all staff on September 25, 2012, in which they can wear the color teal in exchange for a donation. It is a way for ACPS staff to support a former education in the school system in Vicki as well as a current colleague in Michaela.
The money raised from the ACPS “Teal Day” as well as the walk will be divided evenly between the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to help researchers develop a screening test, and the WMHS Cancer Patient Assistance fund to help local ovarian cancer and chemotherapy patients. The Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer raised more than $40,000 last year.