Health commissioner to walk across Wood County in pink tutu for breast cancer research

Wood County Health Commissioner Ben Batey

(Submitted by Wood County Health District)

Wood County Health Commissioner Ben Batey has raised the stakes in his campaign to raise money for breast cancer research.

Batey, who has already exceeded two fundraising targets and pledged to walk one mile across Wood County for each $100 donated, has set a new goal of raising $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. If it’s met, he’s agreed to wear a pink tutu during the walk, slated for Saturday, Nov. 4.

During October, Batey and Wood County agencies have been raising money for the American Cancer Society as part of its Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Batey has worn pink each day of the month, and health district staff have participated in other activities to raise more than $3,500 so far.

Batey agreed to wear a pink tutu in hopes of continuing to exceed his fundraising goals, which started at $2,500.

“Now that we’ve flown past both of the marks we set, I wanted to take things up another notch and offer another incentive for people who continue to support our cause,” Batey said.

Fundraising nights are scheduled in Bowling Green from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at Chipotle, and from 5-9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30 at Buffalo Wild Wings.

To donate directly to the campaign, visit www.bit.ly/beninpink

In addition to fundraising this month, the health district is committed year-round to promoting the importance of women’s health screenings, such as those for breast and cervical cancer. Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center, located within the health district, offers these services as well as financial support for those who qualify. Call 419-354-9049 or visit www.WCHealthCenter.org for more information.

Please help us reach our goal and spread the message about preventative care. Any donation to the American Cancer Society will help, and any referral to the health center could save a life.

The mission of Wood County Health District is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health and Wellness Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. We welcome all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and we accept most third-party insurance. For more information, visit www.woodcountyhealth.org

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