Celebrity Baristas Serve Coffee for Fundraiser During Cancer Awareness Month

By Beacon Staff

October is breast cancer awareness month. To raise funds for two local charities that support cancer patients and their families, Kalispell Mayor Tammi Fisher and the presumed future mayor, Mark Johnson, are serving coffee as “celebrity baristas” on Friday morning.

Fisher and Johnson, along with a member of the local National Guard battalion, are volunteering at Espress Way drive-thru coffee shop at 95 Fourth Ave. E.N. from 6:45 a.m. to noon. Cravens Coffee donated the coffee and Espress Way is giving proceeds to the local Save a Sister Foundation and Wings, a nonprofit organization that helps cover families’ travel expenses associated with cancer treatment.

Swing by and enjoy a cup of coffee served for a good cause.

Another event associated with breast cancer awareness month, Kalispell Regional Healthcare is hosting a 5K color event in the Flathead Valley on Oct. 6. It’s called “Pink Me Up!” to increase breast cancer awareness, support Save a Sister and put out the message that fitness is key to fighting cancer.

Start the race with a white t-shirt and celebrate each marker along the route with a gentle blast of colored powder in a rainbow of pink hues. End the race with a color celebration as all participants join in tossing colored powder packets into the air, united in a common goal of taking aim at breast cancer.

The event will strive to raise awareness of breast cancer and how we all can join in conquering it in the lives of those we love.

The run starts at 1 p.m. at the Kidsports complex on U.S. 93 North in Kalispell, just across from Flathead Valley Community College. Loop twice around the trail that laces across the gentle slopes at the complex and you will cover the 5k route, either running, walking or taking a casual stroll. Do the loop once and you’ll have the 2.5k under your belt. The event will not be timed and is a perfect way to get all your friends together for a fun day, meet new folks and have a great family outing.

Advance online registration is $5 for students, $15 for adults and $30 for a family of any size, with T-shirts for the first 500 participants. Registration on the day of the event is an additional $10.

Want to volunteer to be part of this awesome inaugural event? Call Allison Meilicke at the Kalispell Regional Healthcare Foundation office, 751-4167.

Learn more about Pink Me Up! and how you can join in the fun by clicking here.

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