BVRMC A.W.A.R.E. 5K event celebrated 11th year


The 11th annual BVRMC A.W.A.R.E. 5K Walk/Run Event and Kid’s 1K Fun Run was held Saturday, September 22. There were 302 registrations and nearly $15,000 was collected in support of cancer awareness. The funds will be used to assist all cancer patients receiving treatment at BVRMC.

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support with this important event: BVRMC Maintenance/Security/ Departments and the Storm Lake Public Safety Department.

We would also like to express appreciation to the following individuals/groups for volunteering their time:

Alta-Aurelia Cheerleaders, St. Mary’s Cheerleaders, Storm Lake High School Cheerleaders, Maddie Engelke, Scott Schuelke, Adriana Perez, Melissa Iehl, and Linda and Russ Hinkeldey.

We could not have done this without the financial support of the following sponsors: Buena Vista Regional Medical Center; Central Bank; Tyson Foods, Inc. – Turkey Division; The Citizens 1st National Bank; UnityPoint Health Clinics; Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint and Sports Surgeons; Security Trust and Savings Bank; United Bank of Iowa; United Community Health Center; MetaBank; SSI Digital Print Services; and Brown’s Shoe Fit.

Thanks to all for contributing to help those in treatment for cancer to purchase prosthesis supplies, personal cancer recovery items, wigs, medical expenses, gas or groceries.

If you have questions about receiving funds, please contact Oncology Patient Advocate Zena Olerich, B.S.W., at 712-213-8671 or by e-mail at

If you would like to see photos of this year’s event, please go to

The entire committee would like to express appreciation for everyone’s support in making the A.W.A.R.E. 5K so successful and meaningful. We look forward to next year’s 12th annual event!

Diane Porter, event organizer

Mary Drey

Evan Franzmeier

Coleen Imming

Lexanne Clapp

Julie McKinney

Danielle Schlenger

Katie Schwint

Zena Olerich