Annual BVRMC A.W.A.R.E. 5K Event Celebrated 15 Years!

Amber Chrischilles | September 19th, 2022

The 15th annual BVRMC A.W.A.R.E. 5K Walk/Run Event and Kid’s Fun Run was held Saturday, September 17. There were over 450 registrations and over $20,000.00 was collected in support of cancer awareness. The funds will be used to assist patients receiving cancer treatment at BVRMC.

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support with this important event: BVRMC Maintenance/Security 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, Storm Lake High School Cheerleaders and mascot Stormy, Brenda McVinua, and various BVRMC employees.

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

Thanks to all for contributing to help those receiving 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

The 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 event scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2023.

  • Coleen Imming, Event Organizer
  • Lisa Alesch
  • Amber Chrischilles
  • Lexanne Clapp
  • Deb Colshan
  • Elissa Doebel
  • Evan Franzmeier
  • Zena Olerich
  • Danielle Schlenger
  • Katie Schwint



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