Village Walk for Cancer Research Team Committee Information


Members of the Lung Cancer Team from the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute came to the Village on Monday, May 11th and shared the latest research, treatments and prevention efforts for lung cancer that are underway at UAMS. We learned that the biggest risk factor for cancer is age and that less people are dying from cancer than at the turn of the century. We saw a video about Mrs. Rodgers who was 90 years old when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She is 92 years old and still living a full life after receiving targeting therapy for her cancer. They talked about a new type of blood test, called a liquid biopsy that is used to capture cancer cells or the DNA of tumors that have shed into the blood, instead of taking tissue from the tumor itself. This type of test is mostly used when a tissue biopsy can’t easily be done. Once a cancer diagnosis is made and confirmed, the patient is usually seen within one week to meet with a team of doctors to figure out what type of cancer you have and how best to treat it. Can you imagine how nice it would be not to have to travel through the clinic/hospital to meet individually with each doctor? It is all done in one room. You can learn more about lung cancer at

Members of the planning team took part in the Community Fair which was at the Coronado Center on Wednesday, April 29th. We handed out walker registration forms and spoke with several people about the walk. Many were cancer survivors or knew someone that had cancer. These three lucky ladies registered for our drawing and won!

Recently there was an article in the paper about four cancer charities that deceived their donors and spent more than $187 million in donation on personal expenses in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever. The charities are The Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, the Children´s Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society. Money that was supposed to be used for transporting patients to their chemo treatments or purchasing pain medication for children was being used for gym memberships, college tuition and dating website subscriptions. I can´t imagine why people would intentionally lie or deceive potential donors about where there money was going! Please note that 100% of all of the money that is raised at the Village Walk for Cancer Research (WFCR) gets donated to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation Fund at UAMS. All of the donations we receive are put into the Cancer Institute Foundation fund and used for cancer research. So please be careful when you make your donations. You worked hard for your money and you want it to go where you believe it will do the most good.

I hope you had a chance to try a breakfast burrito at the British Car Show! A special thanks to the HSV Rotary for letting us be a part of this wonderful event again this year.

Join us as we work to raise $45,000 for cancer research this year. Remember, ALL of the money we raise is donated to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation Fund and stays in Arkansas. Yes, you can make a difference by helping us help others.

Melanie Pederson, Chair

Cancer Walk Team
Chairs Coordinators And Many More Volunteers
Melanie Pederson

Claire MacNeill

Claire MacNeill



Melanie Pederson

Christy Etheridge


Volunteer Coordinator
Jane Kearby

Gloria Lyda
Myka Sample
Lynne Border
Dr. Laura Kelly
Dorothy Bard
Valerie Derryberry
Linda Labowski
Frank Fahrlander
Rob Tillotson
Jerry Jamrich
Susan & Mark Meyers
Ken MacNeill
Donna Aylward
Bill Stewart
Marge Vorisek
Janice Willett
Linda Choquette
Janice Jensen
Bob Mueller
Maryanne Mueller
Jean Roberts
Delores Teare
Donna Siffermann
John Lucas
Tim Flinn
Margie McGrail

Next Committee Meeting Agenda (last meeting if no new agenda yet)

Last committee meeting Minutes

Downloadable Cancer Walk Flyer

Everyone is welcome to attend monthly planning meetings
Held at the Village Church of Christ Conference Room

In the meantime, you may participate NOW by,

Registering and encouraging others to register for the 2015 Walk

Sponsor or donate items for the benefit drawing and silent auction and purchase tickets

Volunteer to help with vacant positions

Make a commitment to work as a volunteer the day of the walk

Left to Right: Frank Fahrlander, Ken and Claire MacNeill, Shirley Engquist, Jane Kearby, Lynne Border, Melanie Pederson, Robert Tillotson, Carla Emanuel.