Guest speaker Glenn Martin briefed Thomson Kiwanis this week on The Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.
Martin, a photographer by profession, is the vice chairman of the board of directors of It's the Journey, which will sponsor the ninth annual walk on Sept. 24 and 25 in Atlanta.
Martin addressed the Kiwanis Club at The Depot on Monday. He was the guest of Donna Kerr of Coventry Health Care, a medical case management service in Thomson.
Martin said the walk began in 2003 with about 50 walkers, "And we're looking at 1,200 to 1,300 walkers this year."
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 support education, early detection and awareness. In 2011, 19 grants were made throughout the state.
"We want to ultimately cover Georgia with the help that we are offering," Martin said.
He stressed that all money raised stays in Georgia. He said the organization has a full-time executive director, two part-time employees and many volunteers. He said it funnels at least 70 percent of money raised into grants.
The group confronts cultural barriers that make it difficult for some women to get medical attention, he said. Another focus is encouraging high school girls to conduct self-exams.
Martin reminded the Kiwanis audience that breast cancer also affects men.
Two-day walkers are required to collect at least $1,000 and to pay a $150 registration fee. Those who walk on Sunday only must collect at least $500 and pay a $100 registration fee.
Those who are unable to sponsor a team or participate as individuals may volunteer as a crew, by operating a "b'rest stop," for example.
More information is available at www.itsthejourney.org.
The 2011 kickoff will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at Maggiano's of Buckhead, 3368 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. Sign up by calling (404) 531-4111.