Making Strides raises $20,000

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Making Strides Chairwoman Mary Hopewell, center, introduces next year’s chairwoman, Carol Upton, left, with the help of vice-chairwoman Ruth Fischer.
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Ashley Flowers, Miss Iosco County’s Outstanding Teen 2011, speaks to those in attendance at the event.
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People gather around for the opening ceremony for this year’s Making Strides event.
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Making Strides Chairwoman Mary Hopewell announces that next year’s walk will be held in October.
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Breast Cancer survivors lead the Making Strides walk under an arch of balloons to get things started.
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Barb Martin, left, walks with Amber Parish, both of Lake.
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Patrick Morse of West Branch gives daughter Lauren, 2, a ride on his shoulders.
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From left, Amanda Neal, Bobbi Jo White, Kayla Wallace and Brook Neal, all of Pinconning, walk the Making Strides route.
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A pink tow truck leads the Making Strides walk around West Branch.
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walkers line the streets of West Branch.
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Ashley Flowers, Miss Iosco County’s Outstanding Teen 2011, second from left, leads a group of walkers.
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Melissa Robinson of Gladwin leads her son, Myles, 2, in the walk.
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Tammy Whitney of Omer enjoys the Making Strides walk.
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Barb Kolberg of West Branch is the first walker to arrive at the finish.
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From left, Becky Tousigna and Tara Mlasko, both of West Branch, complete the Making Strides walk. Both are training for the 60-mile Susan G. Komen walk in August.

By Eric Young
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People from Ogemaw, Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco and Roscommon Counties gathered in Irons Park in West Branch May 5 for the second annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer non-competitive 5K walk. The event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and this year’s event raised $20,000. The money will go toward breast cancer research.



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