Village Walk for Cancer Research Team Committee Information
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August 2016

We have all heard the phrase, the ‘dog days of summer’. A quick search (what did we do before Google?) found that the weeks between July 3 and August 11 were named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the Canis Major constellation. The ancient Greeks blamed Sirius for the hot temperatures, drought, discomfort and sickness that occurred during the summer. We are well into the ‘dog days of summer’ and experiencing the hot temperatures for sure! Thank goodness for air conditioning, water, and access to great medical care!

The Cancer Moonshot Summit in Little Rock at the UAMS Cancer Institute was a success.

“We were honored to host Arkansas’ summit and be a part of this important national effort. This truly was a statewide effort, with 143 participants from across the state gathering to discuss the future of cancer research and care,” said Cancer Institute Director Peter Emanuel, M.D. You can read more about the event as well as the full report at

We are all working to raise awareness and money for cancer research. People we know are being diagnosed with cancer and living due to the targeted therapy programs. There have been several articles in the local papers about survivorship and what it really means to the survivor as well as the family and medical community. Cancer is one disease that doesn’t discriminate and takes on hundreds of forms which makes finding a cure so difficult

The 15th Annual Village Walk for Cancer Research is set to begin at 7:30 am on Saturday, September 24th on the grounds of the Balboa Pavilion, 476 Ponce de Leon Drive. Plan on joining us for our celebration of 15 years of walking and raising awareness and money for cancer research at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. We have a new look for our t-shirts this year as well as a new location and trail. You can help make a difference in by walking, donating items/services and or becoming a sponsor.

You will find both sponsorship and registration forms for the walk on our website. You can also register online, just click on the online registration link. Our goal this year is to raise $50,000 for the Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Participants will be able to remember and honor those who have lost their lives to this disease, while also celebrating the lives of the cancer survivors.

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. Check out our website for more information.


Cancer Walk Team
Chairs Coordinators And Many More Volunteers
Melanie Pederson

Clara Nicolosi

Clara Nicolosi

Debbie Jones

Melanie Pederson

Christy Etheridge
Myka Sample

Clara Nicolosi

Volunteer Coordinator
Frances Rutledge

Gloria Lyda
Donna Aylward
Lynne Border
Tammy Easton
Cyndee Nyquist
Linda Labowski
Frank Fahrlander
Rob Tillotson
Susan & Mark Meyers
Ron Burns
Claire MacNeill
Ken MacNeill
Bill Stewart
Marge Vorisek
Linda Choquette
Janice Jensen
Mary Anne Mueller
Delores Teare
Donna Siffermann
John Lucas
Mary Ann Farner
Margie McGrail

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

Last committee meeting Minutes

Right click here for a downloadable Cancer Walk Flyer

Everyone is welcome to attend monthly planning meetings
Held at the Village Church of Christ Conference Room
Beginning Feb 18, 2016. See home page for schedule.

In the meantime, you may participate NOW by,

Registering and encouraging others to register for the 2015 Walk

Sponsor or donate items for door prizes 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, Melanie Pederson, Tammy Easton, Susan Meyers, Christy Etheridge, Lynne Border, Cyndee Nyquist,
Gloria Lyda, Donna Aylward Robert Tillotson, Phyllis Lovelace (UAMS).