THE THIRD Annual "Making Strides Walk" has been set for Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site of the event is Zion Christian retreat and Nature Center in Flushing, according to Gina Marinucci, chair person.
October has been named Making Strides Against Breast Cancer month by the American Cancer Society and the timing has been set to coincide with the effort. Last year's event held in the Flushing area raised over $2500. The committee is made of all cancer survivors who feel local effects are very important in this fight against this dreaded disease.
We are getting closer and closer for treatments that are cutting down on the fatalities. Having this walk in the Flushing area helps spread the education on cancer early detection locally. Our young people need to know of early tests to have, as well as proper diet, and exercise to keep them up to speed on fighting cancer before they get it, according to Marinucci.
Nancy Toto, a 14-year survivor of cancer is shown cutting the ribbon last year for the start of the Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Some of the beginning walkers are shown with her. Toto has been chosen honorary chairman of this year’s 3rd Annual Walk, being held Oct. 4, at Zion Christian Retreat & Nature Center, in Flushing. For more information contact Gina Marinucci, 740-968-3749 or Eleanor Garretson, 740-968-3424.
This year's event is featuring a team effort. Families, co-workers, businesses, churches, and friends are encouraged to form teams and have a friendly competition to see who can raise the most money for this important cause. Teams of three or four are great and can be a lot of fun. Prizes are being added to the format. They will be awarded to individuals as well as teams who lead in fund raising.
A special Honor and Memory board if part of this year's event. Anyone can honor a survivor or place in memory someone who lost the battle to cancer. This special display will cost $10 each. This is a great way to help in this great cause.
Success in "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" depends on you the general public. Individuals who walk and raise pledges are the key to finding a cure for breast cancer. It is teamwork of our local residents that can make a huge difference in this important fight, according to Marinucci. Every family seem to be touched in some way by cancer, so it becomes a fight we can all join in. Nancy Toto, a long time cancer survivor, has been named Honorary Chairman for the event. Nancy devotes countless hours for education programs and raising funds for the fight against cancer. She will also cut the ribbon to start the walk.
Judy Holmes, Eleanor Garretson, Marcia Williams and Marinucci have been meeting the past few weeks planning the event.
The Making Strides Walk is non-competitive and Zion's new nature trail, which is 2.2 miles long, seemed to be an excellent venue to hold the event. Individuals of all ages are welcome to participate. You can take as long as you want to finish, or walk as far as you are able. If walking is too strenuous, you are urged to come out and cheer our walkers on. The event will be held rain or shine.
Participants are not required to pay an entrance fee or raise a minimum amount. The pledges are made for participation rather than per mile. Obtain donations, $2, $5, $10 or $20. Money may be turned in the day of the event. All checks are to be made out to the American Cancer Society.
The Zion location has a great setting; with views of Zion Lake and wildlife are available, according to Marinucci. The 4400 sq. foot pavilion situated on the nature trail and lake will serve as the headquarters and refreshment area.
Any participant who registers by Sept. 22 will receive a free T-shirt commemorating the event. Registration can be done by calling Gina Marinucci at 740-968-3749 or Eleanor Garretson at 740-968-3424. You can also register by sending your name, address and phone number along with your t-shirt size to P.O. Box 535, Flushing, OH 43977.
Additional information can be obtained by calling Zion Retreat and Nature Center at 740-968-3424.