Walk of Hope raises $3,000
Organizers Beverly Moody (front, from left), Carolyn Fowler and Diana Shelton lead walkers in the ninth annual Lawrence County Walk of Hope.
TD Photo ~ John Bland
Approximately $3,000 was raised Saturday at the ninth annual Walk of Hope, which began downtown at Beatles Park.
Carolyn Fowler, who helped organize the event, estimated that 100 people participated in the walk. Among the walkers were groups of Girl Scouts from Lawrence and Randolph counties. Jackie Wallis of the American Cancer Society was also present for the event and handed out water to walkers.
Registered participants received Lawrence County Walk of Hope T-shirts that stated, "Imagine there's no cancer."
As in the past, balloons were released in honor of survivors and in memory of those who have lost their battle to cancer. The goal of Walk of Hope is to raise money and awareness for Lawrence County cancer patients. Kandy Hart lead a prayer at the event.
One of the participants, Kathee Light, who is a cancer survivor, raised over $1,000 in sponsors for the walk, said Claudia Wheeless, who co-founded the organization with Fowler.
Another donation to the Walk was for $430 through The Times Dispatch. Forty-three businesses, institutions and professionals sponsored a page promoting "October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month," and $5 of each sponsorship, with an additional $5 match by The TD, was donated to Walk of Hope.
"I was real pleased with the event," said Wheeless, who expressed thanks to all the people who gave donations, worked at the event and participated.
"We hope to do something bigger next year for our 10th walk," Fowler said.