Healthy Choices

Kings to help out with breast cancer walk

The Capitol lawn will be decked in pink Sunday for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K, a fund-raising and awareness event hosted by the American Cancer Society.

Thousands will gather on the Capitol steps near 10th street for a route that will lead them through Capitol Mall, Old Sacramento, Crocker Park before returning for food, entertainment and information about breast cancer.

For the first time in the event’s history, management from the Sacramento Kings will hold the starting line ribbon, and Barbara Rust, also known as the Kings “sign lady,” will cut it. Rust, a longtime fan, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. The Kings dancers also will be at the event for the first time.

The event, which is held in nearly 300 cities across the country, is in its 21st year nationally and its 18th year in Sacramento. Last year’s walk drew about 19,000 people and raised more than $350,000, according to American Cancer Society spokesperson Charaighn Sesock. Benefits from the non-competitive walk go toward the foundation’s breast cancer research, and providing free information and services to women.

Registration for the 8 a.m. walk begins at 7:30 a.m., but participants can start any time they like.

Randy Smedley, a West Sacramento resident and chair of Sunday’s event, said she appreciates the chance to celebrate with other breast cancer survivors and help women currently undergoing treatment.

“It is a wonderful way to feel supported,” she said. “You expect that from your family and friends, but not in such great volumes of people. You go home with such a supportive feeling that you just know you’re not alone.”

Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.

What: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K

When: Sunday Oct. 19, 8 a.m.

Where: West steps of the state capitol, 1315 10th street, Sacramento

Info: Call (916) 446-7933