Every year I am honored to emcee the Mechanicville Stillwater Breast Cancer Walk. This past weekend was the 9th annual and it was bigger and more pink than ever. In the 9 years of this amazing event, these communities have managed to raise over $300,000 for breast cancer research. There were over one thousand participants in this year's walk. It was a sea of pink as we honored survivors and remembered those we have lost to breast cancer. There were memory balloons lifted into the sky in honor of them. The Mechanicville High School Soccer teams held fundraisers and presented a check for over $6000.

I am always proud of our community, but each and every year, this walk proves how passionate we are to find a cure.

Early detection is so important in the fight against breast cancer. At the Mary J. Kakretz Mammography Unit at Ellis Health Center in Schenectady, they offer screenings and mammograms. To schedule yours, call 518-243-3333

This is the fourth post in a weekly series we’re calling ‘Fresh and Healthy’ a series about living well in the Capital Region. You will be able to find a new story about everything from staying active, to great food, to outdoor activities and more every Thursday morning.

‘Fresh and Healthy’ is sponsored by Ellis Medicine. Every week on Thursday mornings, visit their Facebook page to find their companion post to this series to get more information on the best ways to stay healthy from the experts.