Annual BVRMC A.W.A.R.E. 5K event celebrates 9th year

The 9th annual BVRMC A.W.A.R.E. 5K Walk/Run Event was held Saturday, September 24. There were 316 registrations and over $ 14,000.00 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 Engineering/Maintenance Department 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, Mary Beth Andrews, Linda Hinkeldey, Melissa Iehl and Brenda McVinua.

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, Jason Dierking, M.D., F.A.C.S., Surgeon, UnityPoint Health Clinics, Security Trust and Savings Bank, United Bank of Iowa, United Community Health Center, MetaBank, Glow Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, Family Dental Center, P.C., Dr. Hansen & Hansen, 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 10th annual event!

Diane Porter, Event Organizer

Mary Drey

Evan Franzmeier

Deb Hinkeldey

Coleen Imming

Lexanne Johnson

Julie McKinney

Danielle Schlenger

Katie Schwint

Zena Olerich