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  • Health and Wellness Committee of Crawford County has announced the 2012 fourth quarter recipients of the Live Well Apple Award.

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  • Health and Wellness Committee of Crawford County has announced the 2012 fourth quarter recipients of the Live Well Apple Award.
    Honored were Lisa Center, Nancy Miller, Susie Lundy and Kathy Stuckey who recently completed a three-day 60-mile walk in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer.
    Live Well is donating to the cause on behalf of the four event participants rather than awarding four individual awards.
    Stuckey chose  to do the walk with friends Miller and Lundy in Dallas, Texas. She has lost three of her closest friends and an aunt to breast cancer, and has several close friends who have had breast cancer with multiple recurrences and undergone surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and stem cell transplants.
    “I believe research to find the cure or prevention is the only way to end breast cancer once and for all,” Stuckey said. “I decided to make a bold statement to end breast cancer. I  won’t stop walking until a cure is found.”
    Lundy lost her grandmother to breast cancer and Miller’s aunt has battled the disease. Both have also had many friends who have fought cancer and wanted to join Stuckey in supporting her cause.
    Center traveled to Tampa, Fla., in October to walk with her best friend who is formerly of Pittsburg. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and is doing well, but she still wanted to do something to raise awareness of the disease, in addition to challenging herself to
    do more than she has done in the past.
    “I’ve done 5Ks and half marathons before, but never anything like this distance,” Center said.
    She said that participants walked 20 miles each day and camped in tents at night. Center was moved by a ritual at the end when all of the walkers, minus the survivors, got down on one knee and held up one shoe, and then all of the survivors marched through the finish line together.
    Center believes that the Tampa event raised more than $2 million for the battle against breast cancer.
    The Apple Awards were created to recognize individuals and businesses which have positively impacted the health and wellness of Crawford County. Recipients have been instrumental in creating opportunities or programming for people to implement healthy lifestyle changes.
    Previous 2012 Apple Award recipients include Kendall Packaging, FCCI, Roger Lomshek  of Tailwind Cyclists, Inc., and USD 247 Health and Wellness Committee.
    The Crawford County Health and Wellness Committee is comprised of community members who share a common interest to help  and encourage county residents to become healthier. Goal of the committee is to facilitate, share and encourage opportunities for the community to live well.
    Anyone wishing to nominate a company or individual for the Live Well Apple Award may contact Joanna Rhodes, Live Well coordinator, at 232-1930 or livewellcrawfordcounty@gmail. Interest persons may also go to Facebook/livewellcrawfordcounty.
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