Health commissioner walks 52 miles – in pink tutu for breast cancer research

Ben Batey (third from right) was joined by friends on his trek.

(Submitted by Wood County Health District)

As part of his pledge to fight breast cancer, Wood County Health Commissioner Ben Batey walked 52 miles in Wood County this past Saturday – all while wearing a pink tutu.

During October, Batey and Wood County agencies raised money for the American Cancer Society as part of its Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Batey wore pink each day of the month, and health district staff participated in activities to raise money for breast cancer research.

Batey pledged for each $100 donated to walk one mile across Wood County while wearing a pink tutu.

Batey’s walk started with 15 miles around Perrysburg beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. He was accompanied by roughly 16 members of F3, a men’s fitness group he participates in. They walked until 5 a.m., when a smaller group of Ben and six others was driven to North Baltimore.

They left at 6 a.m. toward Bowling Green via the Slippery Elm Trail, arriving about 11:30 a.m. at Pagliai’s for lunch, where they were met by a group of friends and relatives.

Batey and a few friends then headed north through Bowling Green, up Ohio 25 into Perrysburg before stopping at Jazzercise in the Country Charm Shoppes. His family and friends met him for a walk through downtown Perrysburg. He then continued up Ohio 65 into Rossford, ending around 9:30 p.m.

Batey’s final fundraising total stands at $5,478.83