Cancer fund drive short of goal; walk set Saturday

Cancer fund drive short of goal; walk set Saturday

URBANA — Fundraising for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk set for Saturday morning in Urbana is less than half way to its $50,000 goal.

But there's still time to sign up and participate.

American Cancer Society spokeswoman Shayne Squires said about $20,000 had been raised as of Wednesday for the local event, a 5K fundraising walk in Crystal Lake Park, Urbana.

"We're not there yet," she said.

Sometimes money comes in the day of the event and after the event, Squires said.

Participants can register starting at 8 a.m. on the day of the walk for $35. Registration in advance is $25, and can be done online at this website: makingstrideschampaign.com

The money raised will go to breast cancer research and free resources and programs for breast cancer patients, Squires said. Among those resources are the "Look Good ... Feel Better" program that involves beauty professionals volunteering with cancer patients and the "Road to Recovery" program that provides rides to treatments.

The walk will begin at 9 a.m., and with some warm-up and exercise taking place the hour before while registration is taking place, Squires said.

"It's a great way to meet other survivors," she said.

A few people will run the course, but most will walk it, and participants are encouraged to bring their whole families, Squires said.

"Kids with walkers and strollers are encouraged," she said. "That makes it a real family thing as opposed to you coming alone."

No time for breakfast first? Starbucks Coffee and Great Harvest Bread Company will be on hand selling coffee and breakfast foods, Squires said.

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Fromthearea wrote on October 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Could we maybe focus on some cancers that don't have screening tests and kill most people who are diagnosed such as ovarian cancer?  I'm not trying to rain on the parade here, but breast cancer is just one of many cancers.  I think it's time to spread the awareness energy around.