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January 2018

Save the date!

The 17th Annual Village Walk for Cancer Research is set to begin at 7:30 am on Saturday, September 29, 2018 on the grounds of the Balboa Pavilion, 476 Ponce de Leon Drive. Plan on joining us for our celebration of 17 years of walking and raising awareness and money for cancer research at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. You can help make a difference in by walking, donating items/services and or becoming a sponsor.

This year we will be raising funds for the UAMS foundation Seeds of Science project. More information will be posted soon

Melanie


September 2016

We are SO excited! The 15th Annual Village Walk for Cancer Research (WFCR) is almost here. The planning committee has worked very hard getting donations for our silent auction and door prizes. A special thank you to all of our sponsors for your continued support and to our new sponsors. We couldn't do any of this without your support.

We are finalizing the names for the shirts to get them printed and ready for pickup on Thursday, September 15th and Friday, September16th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church from 1 pm to 3 pm. If you registered by the August deadline, please mark these dates on your calendar to pick up your shirt. This will avoid waiting in the line at the registration table the day of the walk.

This year, Jack Abernathy and his wife, Beverly, are bringing their "Cancer Tractor" to the walk. Cancer has claimed several lives in Jack's family so he decided to help raise awareness for groups such as the Village WFCR by painting his John Deere H Tractor pink to represent breast cancer. His seat is blue to represent prostate cancer. There are colored magnet ribbons all over the tractor that represent all of the other cancers. The Cancer Tractor will lead the survivors to the Balboa Trail head after the opening ceremonies and survivor group photo. We hope that you can join us!

The HSV Day Spa is donating their time to paint the cancer ribbon on nails. We will have the UMC Prayer Tent and massage available again this year. REMAX is providing the food and drink. There will be plenty of water at the pavilion and on the trails. We will have mile markers on the trail and cheerleaders along the way. There will be a bake sale, silent auction and great music to walk/dance to. All teams will have an opportunity to get their picture taken as well. We will have vendors again this year so please visit them to learn more about why they are supporting the Village WFCR. Dr. Peter Emmanuel, Director of the Winthrop P Rockefeller Cancer Institute will share some exciting news on research development.

Cork and Bottle is donating 5% of their sales on Thursday, September 8th. Take this time to restock your beverages of choice in support of the Village WFCR. We will be at Walmart on Hwy 7 from 8-noon on Saturday, September 17th. Stop and see us. And lastly, visit Sonja Kelley's table at the Grove Park Farmer's Market for walker registration forms. She is a cancer survivor and donor to the walk.

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. You can help make a difference in by walking, donating items/services and or becoming a sponsor.

See you at the party.

Melanie

chairman@walkforcancerresearch.org


Spring 2016

The Village Walk for Cancer Research (WFCR) is in its 15th year and continues to draw more and more sponsors, donors and walkers each year. All of this is made possible by the dedication of the WFCR committee members who make this event happen. Since 2002, we have raised over $378,758 in cash donations for cancer research.

We are in the process of updating our plans, finalizing all of the forms and getting ready for another great year! Our goal is to $50,000 and register 450 walkers this year. All of the money raised will be donated to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS where it will be used for research and stay in the state of Arkansas. We know we can do this with your help and support!

This year's walk date is Saturday, September 24, 2016 - mark your calendars. The walk will take place at the Balboa Pavilion, 476 Ponce de Leon Dr., 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 the Lung Cancer team. And of course, we will recognize our honorees.

We are excited to tell you that the UAMS Bone Marrow Transplant team will be in the Village on Thursday, May 19th from 11:00 am to 1 pm at the Diamante Country Club. Everyone will enjoy lunch before hearing about what the Bone Marrow Transplant Team needs are. All of the money we raise this year will be given to the Bone Marrow Transplant Team for research. Check the date and plan on joining us to learn more and get your questions answered.

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.

Our Committee Meetings are always on the third Thursday of each month from 10 am to noon at Village Church of Christ. You are welcome to come and be a part of this year's walk. You can make a difference by helping us help others!

Melanie Pederson, Chair
chairman@walkforcancerresearch.org

March/April 2013

Spring officially arrived on March 20th. You wouldn't know it by the temperatures in the Village!

But things are starting to 'heat up!' The Walk Committee hit the ground running on Thursday, March 21st. We reviewed our plan, finalized all of our forms and started making assignments. We set a very ambitious goal to raise $40,000 and register 600 walkers. All of the money we raise is donated to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS where it is used for research and stays in the state of Arkansas. We can do this!

We have openings on the Walk Committee. If you are interested in writing (Publicity), raising money (Fund Raising) and/or sharing your creative talents (Banners and Signs), please call Melanie Pederson at 501-915-8747 or Claire MacNeill 501-922-3642 for more information.

This year's walk date is Saturday, September 28, 2013- 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, bake sale, food, a Benefit Drawing and a Silent Auction. UAMS will provide an update how the money is being used and we will have recognize our honorees.

We are excited about all of the scheduled activities we have planned so far.

We look forward to meeting you at these events! We want you to know more about why we walk and how you can volunteer to help us. You will find more information about the events on our website.

Our next Committee Meeting, is April 18th from 10 a.m. to noon at Summit Bank East Conference Room. You can make a difference by helping us help others!

Enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of springtime in the Village.

Melanie Pederson, Chair


December 2012

The holiday season is upon us! As we scurry to shop for those last minute gifts that need to be shipped and mail out greeting cards, the Walk Committee has started planning for the 12th Annual Village Walk for Cancer Research. The date is September 28, 2013- mark your calendars. We rely on the generosity and support of our sponsors, volunteers, walkers and donors to help us meet our fund raising goal. In 2013, our goal is to raise $40,000 and register 600 walkers. All of the money raised is donated to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS. The money is used for research and stays in the state of Arkansas.

On Thursday, December 6th, I had the privilege of presenting the Jessieville Key Club students that participated in the walk their certificates of appreciation. These students raised $200 to help fight cancer. Way to go! Certificates were given to the Walk Coordinators for Fountain Lake and ASMSA to present to their students at a later date. We are pleased to be a part of the Community Service programs for each of these schools and welcome their participation next year!

If you have a talent in one of the following areas, please consider volunteering to be a part of this great event.

To get more information about any of the work groups or how to get involved, please call Melanie Pederson or email chairman@walkforcancerresearch.org. Our next Committee Meeting, is March 21, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Summit Bank East Conference Room. You can make a difference by helping us help others!

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the new year!

Melanie Pederson, Chair

501-915-8747 (home) or 608-692-0458 (cell - WI)

July 2012

July is a month of travel and vacation for many of us. While I am enjoying my time in WI with family and friends, I am looking forward to getting back to Hot Springs Village to continue working on the Walk. A special thanks to Claire MacNeill for her leadership in my absence. Our team didn't meet in July, but that didn't mean our committee members weren't working. They were out getting support from Sponsors, donations for the Benefit Drawing and Silent Auction, talking to different groups and selling benefit drawing tickets.

The donations and walker registrations continue to come in! August 15th is the deadline for early walker registration at $25. After August 15th, the fee will be $30. Also, August 15th is the deadline for submitting names of friends and loved ones you would like to honor. This will ensure that all of the names are included on this year's walk shirt. You can pickup your shirts at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Monday, September 17th or Tuesday, September 18th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The West Side Market, Wal-Mart, Farmer's Market, Car Show and other events have helped us move toward our goal of $35,000 and 750 walkers. We will have many teams walking this year in support of loved ones.

Look for us at Wal-Mart on August 18th where we will be taking donations and selling benefit drawing tickets. Claire MacNeill and Donna Aylward will be specking to the Lions on Thursday August 16th. On Wednesday, August 23rd, Mountain Wine and Spirits will donate 5% of their sales. Show your support for the Walk and plan on stocking your wine cellar or bar. Labor Day is just around the corner!

Our next committee meeting is Friday, August 3rd at 10:00 a.m. to noon. We are meeting at the Summit Bank, East Gate location, in their conference room. I will be calling each of the committee leaders and meeting with you and your team members to ensure that everything is in place for the event. We are looking for someone to coordinate the volunteers. Could that person be you or do you know someone that could help us with that?

Thank you for your support. Make a commitment to join us on Saturday, September 29th and be a part of this event. You can make a difference by helping us help others!

Melanie Pederson, Chair
Village Walk for Cancer Research Committee
http://walkforcancerresearch.org
501-915-8747 home
608-692-0458 cell (WI)
Email Chairman@walkforcancerresearch.org
Melanie Pederson, Chair


May 2012

It is hard to believe that we are a little over four (4) months away from the big day, Saturday, September 29th. The walker registrations are starting to come in along with donations for the door prizes and Silent Auction. A special thank you to our sponsors that continue to donate their services, time and money to make this event successful. We are still looking for someone to lead our Fund Raising efforts. If you are interested or know someone that maybe interested, please contact Melanie Pederson.

I am pleased to announce two new members to the Walk for Cancer Research Committee (WFCR) Committee, Katie and Alan Feather. Katie is helping with Mail and Registration and Alan is our Student Coordinator. Welcome and thank you!

On Saturday, May 19th, we will have a table at the West Side Market to sell benefit drawing tickets as well as “treasures and stuff”. Please join us for what promises to be a great day! If you aren’t able to stop by, we will be back on Saturday, June 9th. The hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We still need a couple of volunteers for June 9th!

Several of the WFCR committee members are making the trip to Little Rock for our second joint meeting with UAMS on Thursday, May 24th. Before our business meeting, we will present the Institute's Wig and Hat Shop with hats knitted by the women at Faith Lutheran Church. Miranda Morris, Patient Support Center Health Educator, is especially grateful as there is usually a shortage of hats for the cancer patients. If you knit or crochet and are in need of a project, log on to hat patterns for instructions on how you can help.

Dr. Sarah Beth Harrington, UAMS Hospice and Palliative Care Director, joined us on Wednesday, May 2nd at Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church for dinner before her presentation on Palliative Care. A special thanks to Linda Singleterry and the Health and Wellness Team for sponsoring and hosting this event. Dr. Harrington explained the difference between hospice and palliative care and why that is important to all of us. Her presentation was well received and raised many questions from those in attendance.

Listen to KVRE on Monday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m. for the Take 5 session. Cyrie Wright and I talk about the Walk and what you need to do to register. Look for articles on our honorees in the Village Voice and Sentinel later this month. Stop by our table at the British Car Show at the Woodlands on Saturday, June 2nd between 9 am - 3 pm. We will be selling benefit drawing tickets and taking walker registrations and donations.

Remember to circle Saturday, September 29th on your calendar and plan to be a part of this event. You can make a difference by helping us help others!

Melanie Pederson, Chair
Village Walk for Cancer Research Committee
http://walkforcancerresearch.org
501-915-8747 home
608-692-0458 cell (WI)
March 2012

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Dear Friends for Cancer Research:

Thanks to all of you for your continuing support of our Village Walk for Cancer Research!

Saturday September 10, 2011 was selected for the tenth annual Hot Springs Village Walk for Cancer Research to start at the Cortez Pavilion and walk along the Hernando Trail. All monies raised from this event will go directly to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute (formerly Arkansas Cancer Research Center) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for research only.

One of the many research projects is "Spit for the Cure" The Spit for the Cure teams were present to collect data and specimens for their research study designed to address specific questions related to the factors affecting breast cancer risk and treatment.

Organizers of the Walk are all volunteers from the community. Altrusa International of Hot Spring Village coordinated the 2010 Village Walk as a service project to assure its continuation from year to year. The Village Walk is the largest walk in the State of Arkansas where the funds raised are strictly for in-state research.

We are again asking for your support of this important event. You will be supporting a truly world class cancer institute whose mission is saving lives and ultimately creating a future without cancer. This mission deserves the full support of every citizen of Arkansas.

Thanks again for your continuing generosity.

Village Walk Coordinators

Dr. Sarah Beth Harrington, Director of Palliative Care at UAMS spoke in the Village on Wednesday, May 2nd. Harrington's presentation and dinner was at the Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church. Dinner was at 5:30PM and the Presentation was at 6:30 PM.


August 2011
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Dear Friends for Cancer Research:

We hope that you are finding ways to stay cool during this HOT summer. The Walk for Cancer Research Committee members have been hard at work making sure that all of the things that need to be done are in place for the upcoming walk on September 10th. We are still in need of volunteers to help. If you are interested, please contact Claire MacNeill at 922-3642.

It isn't too late to join in on the fun! Yes, we know there is a football game later in the day. But think about this! You can show your support for Cancer Research and the Razorbacks on the same day! So, take time to register as a walker, sponsor or donor. We welcome items or services for the Benefit Drawing or cash donations. You can also contribute by purchasing Benefit Drawing Tickets for chances to win one or more prizes. Click on the link below to view the Walk for Cancer Research Benefit Drawing Prize List. http://www.walkforcancerresearch.org/documents/Drawing%20Prize%20List.pdf

Norma Shoemaker and Gayle Jeter are both cancer survivors and honorees for this year's walk. Norma's story appeared in the July 27th issue of the Village Voice and Gayle's story appeared in the August 3rd issue. Cindy Brusenhan lost her battle to colon cancer in 2009 and will be recognized in memoriam. Her story will appear in the next issue of the Village Voice. We sincerely extend a special thank you to Norma, Gayle and Cindy's husband for sharing their stories and to the Village Voice for printing their stories.

One of the many research projects is "Spit for the Cure". The Spit for the Cure teams will be at the Walk to collect data and specimens for their research study designed to address specific questions related to the factors affecting breast cancer risk and treatment. Who knew spit would play such an important role! Our guest speaker is Dr. Peter Emanuel, Director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

If you have already registered to walk, please pick up your T-shirt and benefit drawing tickets on Monday, August 29th or Tuesday August 30th at between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (lower level) , 295 Balearic Road at Fresno Road. Registration forms are available at locations around the Village and online at www.walkforcancerresearch.org . All proceeds from the Walk remain in Arkansas. So, what are you waiting for? Come and join us knowing that you are doing your part to "Imagine a Future Without Cancer". See you at the Walk!

Walk for Cancer Research Team




Village Cancer Walk for Research seeks walkers, volunteers, sponsors
By VIRGINIA GARRISON

Norma Shoemaker was diagnosed in 2002 with smoldering myeloma, a cancer of the blood plasma.

She and her husband, Bob, have been blood donors in the Village since moving here from New Jersey in 1997.

When the blood bank stopped accepting her donations, Shoemaker became concerned.

“I kept asking what was the matter with my blood. Then my primary physician suggested I see a hematologist. I didn’t know then that a hematologist was an oncologist.”

Following a battery of tests, the hematologist found nothing.

He referred Shoemaker to the University of Arkansas Medical Center (UAMS) in Little Rock where she was then diagnosed and began treatments in 2003.

“I couldn’t have been in a better place,” said Shoemaker.

One of the largest referral centers in the world, the UAMS Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy is an international leader in the treatment and study of multiple myeloma and related diseases.

People come from all over the world, even Hollywood, to be treated at the Institute.

Roy Scheider, actor of Jaws fame, is among notables who have received treatment in Little Rock.

Shoemaker began her treatment with chemotherapy and became violently ill as often happens with cancer patients. To help alleviate the sickness and aid in her treatment, Shoemaker was accepted into a clinical trial for the drug carfilzomib.

The drug has worked well for her with no real side effects. Radiation has not been required. However, she has had to deal with other health problems at the same time as her cancer.

Shoemaker developed pneumonia, had two hip replacements (one of which became infected) and developed allergic reactions to some of her non-cancer medications.

Shoemaker laughs when she says she has a closet stuffed with a wheelchair, a walker and crutches. Fortunately, she doesn’t need any of them now.

After nine years of treatment, the only telltale sign of her illness today is an abovethe skin port at the right neckline that peeks out from her clothes. At 78 years of age, she moves a bit slowly, but has her hair, a strong voice and a ready smile.

An upbeat person, Shoemaker says she takes her life now “as it comes every day.”

She tries not to worry about her situation and just hopes to do the best for herself and her family.

“I can’t let it rule my life.”

Of course, life for the Shoemakers has changed.

She has given up golf and has resigned from her membership in the hand bell choir at the Village United Methodist Church.

However, the couple has maintained many activities, including their membership in the Village Symphony Concert Guild, the Community Concerts Association and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock.

When cancer affects a family, caregiving usually falls on the shoulders of the spouse.

For him, Bob Shoemaker feels “it is not a burden to care for someone you love.”

He has been at her side from the beginning of treatments providing support, including helping flush her port daily, handling injections during her hip infections, and driving her to treatments including a year in which he counted some 130 trips to Little Rock.

“I look on it as payback time,” he said.

“ She was there for me when I worked 60 hours a week on my job before I retired. Now it’s my turn to help her, and I’m happy that I can.”

He balances his responsibilities as caregiver with his service to the community.

A longtime leader in the Village, he has served on the POA board, as the association’s vice president and as president. He remains active in POA affairs and in the community.

“The Village is a very special place,” he says. “We see more disease and death because of the age of our people. But, on the other hand, we have great support systems maintained by our friends, our neighbors and our churches.”

The couple will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary in August.

They have four sons, including Doug, who lives and works in the Village.

This year’s Walk will kick off at 7:30 a.m. at Cortez Pavilion.

Participants may walk a few steps or as far as they wish on the Hernando Trail. Registration forms are available at most churches, pharmacies and at KVRE radio station.

The forms are also available online at www.walk forcancerresearch.org.

The event is carried out entirely by volunteers.

Additional volunteers are being sought as well as walkers and sponsors.

Groups are especially encouraged to walk together.

The goal for this years’ walk is to register 750 walkers and to raise $30,000 from sponsors, walkers, tee-shirt sales, a benefit drawing, a bake sale and donors.

All proceeds remain in Arkansas and benefit the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS.

For additional information, contact Claire MacNeill at 922-3642.



November 15, 2011
11th annual Walk for Cancer Research
Thank you for walking, volunteering and donating to the 10th Annual Walk for Cancer Research. Over 500 walkers joined friends, family and others on the Hernando Trail in Hot Springs Village on September 10th, 2011. The weather was perfect and there was plenty of food and drink for all and prizes for most. The walk raised over $34,000 dollars thanks to all of our walkers, donors, and sponsors. Check out the pictures and video on our website, www.walkforcancerresearch.org .

So what is next? The 11th Annual Walk for Cancer Research, of course! Put a big circle around September 29, 2012 and reserve that date. We held our first planning meeting on Thursday, November 3rd at the Village Church of Christ with several returning committee members in attendance. We welcome your participation in this event as a sponsor, donor, walker or volunteer. We still have openings on the planning committee to chair the following positions.

If you are interested in serving on the planning committee as a chairperson or support, please contact Melanie Pederson at 501-915-8747 or e-mail chairman@walkforcancerresearch.org. We can always use more volunteers to help the day of the walk.

We heard you! We are changing the locations and times of our committee planning meetings in 2012. Our next committee meeting is scheduled on Thursday, February 23rd from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Summit Bank East Conference Room. On March 22nd, we are meeting at UAMS at 9:30 a.m. You can find meeting information on our website and in the Village Voice Calendar of Events.

Our goal for 2012 is to register 750 walkers (yes, we can do it!) and to raise $35,000. All funds go to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas Medical Services (UAMS) for cancer research and all of the money stays in the State of Arkansas.

Most of us know someone who has had cancer, is a cancer survivor or has lost their life to this hideous disease. On Monday, October 17th, my mother died from Stage 4 lung cancer after being told in September that she had three to six months to live. During what ended up being her last month, Hope Hospice provided end-of-live care and comfort. My hope is that in the near future there will be better detection (which would have helped my mother), a means of prevention and most importantly, a cure for all cancer.

UAMS has a Palliative Care Clinic at the Cancer Institute that focuses on improving the quality of life of people facing serious illness. This is one of several topics being considered for an upcoming presentation by UAMS doctors in the Village. Members of the committee will be available for presentations to the various organizations, churches and schools.

As we move into the holiday season, our lives are going to be filled with food, family, friends, shopping, sports and worship. We will wonder where the time went. Take time to enjoy each day and cherish time spent with your loved ones. Best wishes for the new year.



March 2, 2012
11th Annual Walk for Cancer Research

Spring is in the air and the Village Walk for Cancer Research Committee is busy planning for this year's event. The 11th Annual Walk for Cancer Research will be held on Saturday, September 29th, starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Cortez Pavilion. We are looking for sponsors, donors, walkers, and volunteers. If you have some time to help us out with the many activities that go into making this walk a success, please contact Melanie Pederson at 501-915-8747 or e-mail chairman@walkforcancerresearch.org.

We received our first donation from Summit Bank in the amount of $100. Thank you, Summit Bank, for that donation and for hosting our second committee meeting at the Summit Bank East Gate location. We enjoyed refreshments while brainstorming ideas to make this year's walk a success. We are excited about some of the upcoming events that will help us promote the walk and reach our goal.

UAMS has a Palliative Care Clinic at the Cancer Institute that focuses on improving the quality of life of people facing serious illness. This is one of several topics being considered for an upcoming presentation in the Village. Members of the planning committee will also be available for presentations to the various organizations, churches and schools.

Mountain Wine and Spririts has agreed donate 5% of its gross sales on Thursday, August 23rd to the Walk. Please keep this date in mind as you plan to stock up your wine cellar and liquor cabinet before and after the Labor Day weekend.

Walmart agreed to be one of the locations where we will be selling Benefit Drawing Tickets. We will be at the Walmart on Highway 7 from 8:00 a.m. to noon on the following days; June 16th, July 21st, August 18th and September 15th. Last year we met some amazing people who shared their stories with us and donated generously to the walk.

UAMS is hosting our next committee meeting on Thursday, March 22nd at 9:30 a.m. This is a breakfast meeting and will include presentations on research and funding and a tour of the facility. If you would like to join us, please contact Melanie Pederson by Thursday, March 15th so that we can provide UAMS with a head count for planning purposes. It promises to be an informative meeting.

With that, I would like to challenge all of you walkers out there to take part in this event. Walking together we can make a difference!

Melanie Pederson, Chairperson
http://walkforcancerresearch.org/


Summit Bank challenges others to help cancer walk

There is something exciting about receiving the first donation for the 11th Annual Village Walk for Cancer Research (VWCR). Perhaps it’s the confirmation that someone else believes we can make a difference in the fight against cancer. 

Although the VWCR is still six-months away, Summit Bank has already stepped-up to help. They were the first to show their support by giving a donation of $100 to the 2012 VWCR. They were also the first to open their doors by hosting a VWCR committee meeting at their new East Branch location.  

Donna Aylward, Summit Bank branch manager, said the check given to VWCR was one of several given during the grand opening celebration of their Hot Springs Village East Branch location. Summit Bank believes in giving back to the community.  “Expect the Unexpected” from them. We did!

The 11th Annual Village Walk for Cancer Research will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Cortez Pavilion in Hot Springs Village, Ark. We invite you to join us in the fight against cancer by becoming a sponsor, donor, walker, or volunteer at the 2012 VWCR. You can make a difference! Last year, with your help, we exceeded our goal of $30,000. Without your support this would not have been possible. Please contact VWCR chair, Melanie Pederson at 915-8747 or by e-mail at chairman@walkforcancerresearch.org to share how you would like to help.  




Hot Springs On the Go - March Voice article


Life is a gift especially to someone battling cancer and when cancer starts impacting the lives of people around us, we tend to be motivated to do something about it!

Last year, 638 people proved that was true by walking in the 10th Annual Village Walk for Cancer Research in Hot Springs Village. It wasn't just 'walkers' that showed up ?local businesses, organizations, and others from the Hot Springs community did too. They donated food, money, gifts, and their time. Even in a recession, people found a way to give. An elderly woman that wasn't able to be at the Walk, drove up in the parking lot as we were packing up to leave that day. She handed us a crumpled envelope with a few dollar bills in it. She said it wasn't much but she wanted to give something. And, that's the point. It doesn't matter how much you give. It all adds up! Through the generosity of our community, last year's Walk raised over $30,000 ($50,849.70 including in-kind contributions) with all proceeds going directly to research at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS).

This year, the goal for the 11th Annual Village Walk for Cancer Research is to register 750 walkers and raise $35,000 for cancer research. We know we can achieve this with the support of the community. Big strides have been made in cancer research and clinical trials at UAMS. The funds raised from the Walk help drive this. We impact the cancer patient through our fundraising efforts.

Join us in the fight against cancer at the 11th Annual Village Walk for Cancer Research, Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 a.m., at the Cortez Pavilion in Hot Springs Village. If you are not a 'walker', you can still be part of this exciting event. Come out and enjoy the day! There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh fruit, muffins, and free water throughout the day. You can watch everything under a shaded pavilion or join others at the quiet prayer station to offer a prayer of hope. There will also be a bake sale, benefit drawing, and silent auction at the Walk.

Other ways you can help is by becoming a sponsor, organizing a group from your business or club to walk, hosting a fundraiser, giving a donation, or volunteering your time. Together we can make a difference in the battle against cancer!

Register online at http://WalkForCancerResearch.org.

For more information contact Melanie Pederson, Chairperson

(H) 501-915-8747 or (C) 608-692-0458

chairman@walkforcancerresearch.org