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Cancer Coalition 'Walk for a Cure'

The Parmer County Cancer Coalition (PCCC) will get back to basics with a “Walk for a Cure”, Saturday June 7, 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Friona high school track. The event will be similar to the former Relay for Life that were held in years past. All funds stay in Parmer County providing grant money to Parmer County residents undergoing cancer treatments.

There will be some distinct changes from the ‘Relay’ format. Walking for cancer is the goal and focus to raise money to assist our cancer patients. This will be an individual event rather than teams. The cost to participate is by donation. The amount is up to the participant.

Each participant will be walking ‘In Memory of” or “Honoring” a person in their life who is or has been fighting cancer. The Coalition board is still in the process of finalizing certain details, but they would like for everyone to SAVE THE DATE, Saturday June 7.

There will be t-shirts available for sale the day of the event provided by the PCCC. They encourage organizations to raise funds or have money-making events at the track during the Walk for a Cure.

Because the event will be held during the daytime, the luminaria sales will be replaced with a “Ribbon Awareness” insert to the Friona Star. Details are still being worked out but the ribbon cost and purchase forms should soon be available. Watch the Friona Star for further information.

The Walk will begin with the familiar survivor lap and caregiver second lap, then followed by all walkers joining in to walk in support of cancer research through PCCC. It will be a morning of fun and fellowship so plan to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and awnings. The stands will be available to sit in but do not provide much shade for resting between laps.

The walkers who donate as a participant will be provided recognition where they will put the names of the loved ones they are walking for. This is also a detail that has not been finalized. All businesses who donate to the event will be recognized throughout the Walk.

PCCC donates 25% of all funds raised to the American Cancer Society. Other fund raisers PCCC supports are “Flush Out Cancer” which is currently through mid-April, and the Pudge Kendrick Golf Tournament which will be held June 21-22 at the Dimmitt Country Club. If you are interested in playing in this tournament you can call Greg Lewellen at the Kendrick Oil offices.

Make your plans to join the Walk for a Cure on June 7. The board suggests you might want to create your own t-shirt with your memorials or other fun decorative ideas to make it a fun day as the community celebrates and remembers our cancer survivors and fighters.

Entry forms and ribbon awareness forms will be published when details are finalized. You can sign up the day of the walk also. Contact Chairperson Barbara Grimsley at 806-265-7309 with any questions or ideas. If you are interested in assisting Barbara in this event let her know and feel free to join the fun! “We look forward to any and all help the great people of Parmer County have to offer,” she said.