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warnings. Event planners were Walkers braved the weather to illustrate how much the intertribal communities support those with cancer.
not sure whether we would
have good weather or much with a prayer and a message breast cancer screening for THANK YOU
participation with the date that each step taken during early detection. We thank
change. What a wonderful the walk is a silent prayer for Darlene for her words and Many of our Cancer
surprise to not only have a loved ones facing cancer. the mobile mammography Control and tribal partners
break in the rain, but so many services provided by Swedish contributed to the success
participants that we had to set Nisqually Family Nurse Health Systems. of this year’s cancer walk.
up extra tables! It was a strong Practitioner Elizabeth Siegel A special thank you goes to
illustration of how much our Following the walk and the following:
intertribal community supports and Rob Woodall, retired lunch, the event continued with Squaxin Island Tribal
those who have cancer. physician’s assistant from speakers and honorings. The Health: Funds for the lunch
Skokomish, gave a short keynote was Millie Wagner, and the raffle items
The walk began at the talk on the importance Squaxin Island elder. Millie Lucky Eagle Casino: Fruit
Squaxin Island Community of annual physicals told her story of facing breast and vegetable trays and
Kitchen, circled the sports called well woman cancer and the challenges of desserts
fields and tribal offices and and well man treatment while juggling work, Shoalwater Bay Casino:
followed a country road for 1.5 exams. family and the unknown of her Bottled water
miles. A group of dedicated Keeping up with diagnosis. Millie is now a 30- Native JourneyWoman:
walkers completed the loop annual physicals plus year cancer survivor and Tote bags
twice for a total of 3 miles. will ensure cancer a powerful spokeswoman for Puget Sound Komen:
Umbrellas were raised for screenings are up living well after cancer. Thank Honoring gift for speaker
the beginning of the journey, to date and other you Millie for your bravery and Swedish Mobile
but the walk was completed your words that touched all Mammography: Speaker
during a break in the rain. A age-appropriate tests and those in the room. time/travel
special thank you goes to the screenings are completed. Mike West of Squaxin
Squaxin Island Police for Early detection is the best Cancer Survivors/ Island: The logo used for
helping the group stay prevention. Champions were recognized this year’s walk was chosen
safe during road at the end of the event. Breast through an intertribal
crossings. We were honored to have Cancer Champions were asked art contest. Mike had the
Darlene Fanus from Swedish to come forward to receive a winning artwork. The logo
This year’s walk Mobile Mammography attend plaque honoring their bravery. is named Noble Eagle and
was a collaborative the event and share a few represents the strength
effort between words on the importance of of those on the cancer
staff of the Native journey. We thank Mike
Women’s Wellness for his inspiring design.
Program, Squaxin The art was used on both
Island Tribal the Walking in Wellness
Health and the jackets and the honoring
SPIPA Cancer Control plaques for each cancer
Program. The color purple survivor.
was chosen for the theme to
recognize all types of cancer
and cancer survivors.

Squaxin Island elder and
Council Member Charlene
Krise gave a heartfelt welcome
to participants. Squaxin Island
elder Paula Henry gifted us

Cancer survivors were honored at the Intertribal Breast Cancer Walk hosted by the Squaxin Island Tribe.
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