Since 2004, the Ethel Precht Breast Cancer 3K has been raising funds to help those in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes stricken with the horrible disease.  And now, eight years later, it's growing and raising even more money.

While the main event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Lake Charles Civic Center, you've still got chances to sign up for the walk at special sign-up events around the community:

  • Sept. 22 -- Prien Lake Mall
  • Sept. 29 -- Donna's Lingerie

You can also sign up on the day of the event (Oct. 20) by showing up at 7:30 a.m.  The opening ceremonies will begin at 8 a.m., and the walk itself will kick-off at 8:30 a.m.

But in addition to the main walk, the 1st annual Ride for Hope will rev up motorcycles from across Southwest Louisiana to raise even more money.  The ride is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7 starting at the Lake Charles Civic Center at noon.  Kickstands go up at 1:15 p.m., and the route will run 112 miles through Iowa, Ragley, Starks, Vinton, Sulphur and Westlake.  At Pinederosa Park in Westlake, everyone can enjoy live music from Johnny Raincloud, as well as food and refreshments.  For more information, call Ricky Mestayer (337) 540-2388 or email him at mestayer@hotmail.com.