Village Walk for Cancer Research Team Committee Information

July 2014

On July 4, 1776, the United States declared their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (United Kingdom). This past week, people across this great nation of ours celebrated with fireworks, parades, picnics, baseball games, family reunions and carnivals. Our freedom means a lot to us as we celebrate the history, government and traditions of the US.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could declare our freedom from cancer? Each year we get to celebrate the advances in cancer research. Dr. Peter Emanuel, Executive Director, UAMS Cancer Institute will report on how our money is being used and the latest advances in cancer research the day of the walk. We will honor our cancer survivors, Graham Williamson and Gloria Lyda and honor the memories of women who lost their lives to cancer, Connie Mentink and Joyce Wilkerson. Grahams' story appeared in the Voice last month. Look for Joyce's story in July.

Ling Gao, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology in the college of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will be at the Walk this year performing free skin checks. She was selected to be the "Support a Scientist" this year and gave an informative presentation on skin cancer and Merkel Cell Carcinoma to an interested group of people at the Village Church of Christ on May 20th.

I would like to thank all of the volunteers that worked so hard to make the Breakfast at the British Car Show on Saturday, May 31st successful by preparing and serving the now famous Village Breakfast Burrito! You will find us at Walmart on the third Saturday of July through September and at the Farmer's Market. We will have walker registration forms available as well as the donation jar.

Our goal this year is to raise $43,000 for cancer research. All of the money raised is donated to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS, and is used for research and stays in the state of Arkansas. You can make a difference by being part of this wonderful event!

Remember to mark your calendar! This year's walk date is Saturday, September 27, 2014. The walk takes place at the Cortez Pavilion with the opening ceremonies starting at 7:30 a.m., rain or shine. We will have all of the fun things you have come to expect - music, bake sale, food, door prizes and a Silent Auction.

The Village Walk for Cancer Research is a project of Community Volunteers. Working together we can make a difference. Just imagine what it would be like to have a future without cancer!

Melanie Pederson, Chair


Cancer Walk Team
Chairs Coordinators And Many More Volunteers
Melanie Pederson

Claire MacNeill

Claire MacNeill


Susie Harper

Melanie Pederson

Christy Etheridge

Cindee Nyquist

Volunteer Coordinator
Jean Roberts

Donna Aylward
Jane Kearby
Myka Sample
Lynne Border
Dr. Laura Kelly
Dorothy Bard
Valerie Derryberry
Linda Labowski
Frank Fahrlander
Rob Tillotson
Jerry Jamrich
Susan & Mark Meyers
Ken MacNeill
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
Beginning Feb 20, 2014

In the meantime, you may participate NOW by,

Registering and encouraging others to register for the 2014 Walk

Sponsor or donate items for the benefit drawing 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: Catherine Tapp, UAMS; Cyndee Nyquist, Christy Etheridge, Dorothy Bard, Dr. Peter Emanuel, Melanie Pederson, Carla Emanuel, Lynne Border, Frank Fahrlander and Claire MacNeill