Village Walk for Cancer Research Team Committee Information


We are pleased to announce that 'The Doctor is in…Hot Springs Village' on Monday, May 11, 2015. Members of the Lung Cancer Team from the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute will share the latest research, treatments and prevention efforts that are underway at UAMS. The panel discussion will be held at Village Church of Christ, 210 Balboa Rd from 11am - 1pm. This is a FREE event and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to the Cancer Institute Foundation Office by May 6th at (501) 526-2277. We hope that you will be able to join us.

Last year, Dr. Ling Gao, M.D., Ph.D., traveled to the Village in May to share information on skin cancer and provided an updated on her scientific research in Merkel cell carcinoma. After her presentation, she met with attendees that were interested in skin checks. That is where she met John Prince. He had a growth on his face that wasn't healing after receiving medical treatment. Dr. Gao was concerned and told John to make an appointment the following week in her clinic at UAMS. John's growth was a melanoma. The melanoma was removed and he continues to see her for follow-up visits. Without Dr. Gao's presentation and her insistence, John might not have recovered.

Dr. Gao was the recipient of the money raised by the Village Walk for Cancer Research last year. This year, our goal is to raise $45,000 and register 600 walkers. All of the money raised will be donated to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation at UAMS where it will be given to the Lung Cancer team for research. We know we can do this with your help and support! Wouldn't it be great to have another success story after the Lung Cancer panel discussion?

This year's walk date is Saturday, September 26, 2015 - mark your calendars. The walk will take place at the Cortez Pavilion starting at 7:30 a.m. We will have all of the fun things you have come to expect - music, food, bake sale, door prizes and a Silent Auction. Dr. Peter Emanuel, Director of the Cancer Institute, will provide an update on how the money we raised last year was used by Dr. Gao and her team. And of course, we will recognize our honorees.

You will be able to find out more about the Village Walk for Cancer Research at the following events.

We look forward to meeting you at these events! You will learn more about why we walk and how you can volunteer to help us make a difference.

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