Walking with purpose
Cancer Walk committee members passionate about roles
The committee members who tackle the mountain of tasks necessary to make the 12th annual Village Walk for Cancer Research a reality have a variety of reasons for being passionate about their work.
The goal this year is to raise $40,000, with all of the proceeds going to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock for cancer research. The committee members have worked extra hours to get people involved behind the scenes, and not just take part in the walk itself.
The walk will take place at its usual venue, starting at Cortez Pavilion and proceeding along Hernando Trail. The rally starts almost before daylight as participants gather and then walk at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 27.
More than 500 walkers have participated in the past, and the committee is raising the bar this year, hoping to get 600 participants to keep the event growing and to raise awareness of the need for cancer research.
Melanie Pederson is serving her third year as chairwoman of the event. Her roots for the event go deep.
“I am a cancer survivor. My father is a cancer survivor, and my mother died from lung cancer. I volunteer to give back to the community and do whatever I can to help make a difference..”
chairwoman of the 12th annual Village Walk for Cancer Research
“I am a cancer survivor. My father is a cancer survivor, and my mother died from lung cancer. I volunteer to give back to the community and do whatever I can to help make a difference,” Pederson said.
Claire MacNeill, who has been involved several years with the event, is serving as co-chair with Pederson, and has a deep passion about the walk because her daughter died from breast cancer. She wanted to get new blood on the committee and recruited her neighbor, Linda Labowski, who is taking part for the first time.
Barbara Haroldson is a skin cancer survivor. She is coordinating the bake sale at Cortez Pavilion and is also getting her women’s nine-hole golf league involved.
“It has been a great experience getting on board, especially now that I’m a cancer survivor,” Haroldson said.
The committee is also looking to recruit groups from the area churches, with the responsibility falling on Lynne Border, whose father died of cancer. Her mother is also currently battling the deadly disease.
“All of us are united as one in our respective tasks to make this 12th annual walk the best and biggest ever,” Pederson said.
For more information, or to take part in the walk, call Pederson at 915-8747, or visit the website at www.walkforcancerresearch.org.”
Volunteers for the Village Walk for Cancer Research come from all walks to life and have diverse reasons for taking part in the event.