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Walkers bring awareness to breast cancer

October 7, 2018

HARLINGEN — Her aunt was like a mother to her.

That’s why Lidya Flores, 35, walked yesterday morning with the Roadrunner Ruckers of South Texas to bring awareness to breast cancer.

The pain was visible as Flores recalled her beloved who died too soon from breast cancer.

“ After she was diagnosed with it, I try to do everything I can,” Flores said.

She was one of about 20 people who participated in the 5K “Ruck Off Cancer” walk from the Harlingen Sports Complex. They headed west on Wilson Road carrying U.S. flags, ruck sacks and other emblems for their cause.

Roadrunner Ruckers of South Texas is a non-profit organization that promotes health and wellness and includes veterans, law enforcement and civilians.

Military veterans, families, dependents and supporters made the walk yesterday, unperturbed by the hot morning sun.

“ We’re doing this to emphasize breast cancer awareness, early detection,” said Rob Cavazos, 36. “It’s very important to a lot of us. My mom was diagnosed in its early stages so she caught it early.”

Mammos on the Move had a mobile unit at the sports complex to enhance the message of the walk. The unit was equipped with everything necessary to conduct a mammogram.

“ We go to a lot of remote locations where they don’t have hospitals,” said Ida Gomez, executive director of Mammos on the Move.

She said the mobile unit is especially helpful to older women who may not feel comfortable in a hospital.

“ We take it to their door,” Gomez said. “We go to civic events, schools. We just went to Rio Grande City and Falfurrias.”

So with the mobile unit at the sports complex and the walk down Wilson Road, the message of breast cancer awareness was loud and clear. And the message extended even to men who get breast cancer.

“ You even have men who might have a small cyst,” said Navy Chief Petty Officer Teresita Garcia.

Her daughter Flor Alcala, 15, had joined her for the walk but, early on a Saturday?

“ I realized, what else am I going to do, sleep all day?” she said. “I’d rather do something else.”

Roadrunner Ruckers of South Texas is always busy.

“ Every Saturday we do something,” Cavazos said. “We support Stop Soldier Suicide, Humane Society of Harlingen, we do a cancer drive.”

twhitehead@valleystar.com

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