When 200 or so serious cyclists take to the roads of Northeast Arkansas for this year’s Arkansas Ride for the Cure, they will ride in honor of breast cancer survivor Vicky Perry Walden of Paragould.
Her son, Jason Broadaway, also of Paragould, will be among those pedaling for a cure. The bicycle shop manager at Gearhead Outfitters will have his mom’s name written on his leg as he works his way through the 50-mile recreational ride.
Walden was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2003. After a lumpectomy and removal of some lymph nodes, she underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy, with Drs. Mark Monté and John Lynch of St. Bernards directing her treatment.
Breast cancer was her second bout with cancer. In 1979 she was diagnosed with melanoma. The Paragould native has won both of those battles and has been cancer free for the last six years.
A member of First United Methodist Church in Paragould, Walden has learned to spend more time doing things she really enjoys. She and her husband, Dan, travel more—and they especially enjoy going to warmer climates when winter brings a big chill to Northeast Arkansas. And, she says, church has become a more important part of her life.
She also enjoys spending time with family—that includes sons Jason and Eddie Broadaway, also of Paragould—and she especially treasures time with her only grandchild, 6-year-old Taylor, the daughter of Jason and Sally.
Walden will be honored at the start of the ride at 9:30 on Alumni Boulevard near the blue entrance to the Convocation Center on the Arkansas State University campus. The event is being held in conjunction with the HMG Health & Fitness Expo on April 10 and 11 at the Convocation Center and raises money for the Arkansas Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Ride sponsors include St. Bernards Healthcare, Healthcare Medical Group (HMG), St. Bernards Sports Medicine and Gearhead Outfitters. Riders and Spirit Riders can register online at arkansasrideforthecure.racesonline.com.