Rarely, in our day to day lives, do we get to meet people who truly make a difference. I've been very blessed in that regard and, because of my career in radio, I've had the opportunity to meet a few people who fit that description. I won't name names here because I'm afraid I'll leave someone out, but I do want to mention the late Ethel Precht.

I first met Ethel when she was putting together her very first walk. Since that time, I never saw here sitting still. She was constantly on the go, and she dedicated a great deal of her life to helping people deal with breast cancer. She lifted the spirits of a room just by walking in, and she will be greatly missed.

This weekend is the 13th Annual Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer Walk. The walk, which usually attracts about 5,000 people, is to show support and celebrate the many cancer survivors we have here in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes. So far, the Ethel Precht Walk has distributed over $300,000 to over 650 breast cancer survivors in the area.

While the walk is about a very serious subject, there is no shortage of fun and celebration in the event. The celebration begins at 8 a.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Here is the mission statement of the Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer Walk:

Through personal, emotional and financial support, we will enhance the lives of local breast cancer survivors by providing educational venues to increase awareness, a support group to provide a network for emotional support and awarding a cash grant to ease the financial burden associated with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

The 13th Annual Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer Walk to be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

For more information on the walk, click here.