Umlaufs to take part in breast cancer walk

A Rolla mother and daughter plan to participate in a three-day, 60-mile walk to support breast cancer this summer and the public can help them raise enough funds to do so this Saturday.

Linda Umlauf and her daughter Amy must each raise at least $2,300 to take part in a Susan G. Komen 3-Day event scheduled for Aug. 9-11 in Chicago.

To help reach their goal, the two will be at Sinks Pharmacy on 10th Street in Rolla Saturday, April

6, training on treadmills as part of a fundraiser.

Anyone is welcome to stop by between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to support the mother-daughter duo and can receive prizes being given away by businesses.

About six years ago, Linda took part in a Susan G. Komen 3-Day event in Kansas City, which she described as “the experience of a lifetime.”

The walk this August will be Amy’s first. Amy said she is “nervous but excited” to take part. She noted that she has run 5Ks and is also currently training for a marathon. In fact it was Amy who encouraged her mother to walk in this event.

Linda and Amy were given a 24-week training schedule to prepare for the walk. While Amy has been home for spring break, the two have used the Acorn Trail in Rolla to train.

At the event in Chicago, they are expected to walk an average of 20 miles per day. Along their way, there are medical tents and pit stops and at night, the walkers sleep in pink tents.

So why are Linda and Amy walking? “Breast cancer has affected our family,” Linda said, noting that her mother passed away from breast cancer and one of her sisters, Debbie Brock, is a breast cancer survivor. Linda and Amy also know other relatives and friends with breast cancer.

“My sister (Brock) is fighting it now. When she was diagnosed nine years ago at stage four, she had a 2 percent survival rate,” Linda said.

Brock and Linda’s other sister, Jan Henningsen, will both travel with Linda and Amy to Chicago to support them along the walk.

The event at Sinks Pharmacy will be the first fundraiser the women do and they hope to have more. The two also have been getting donations through Facebook.

The public also can donate online at by searching for Linda A. Umlauf and Amy N. Umlauf. Linda and Amy also can be reached at 573-308-7855.

The Chicago event is one of 14 being held across the nation between June and November this year. Funds raised from these walks will support breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment through the Susan G. Komen Foundation and National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.