Hundreds of people answer the Cancer Resource Center’s call to unite and fight – ValpoLife
A beautiful autumn day marked the return of the Cancer Resource Centre’s Unite & Fight Cancer walk and 5k run at Munster Secondary School.
Hundreds of participants – including cancer patients, survivors, loved ones and supporters – gathered on October 2 for the fundraiser, which had been suspended for the past two years due to the COVID pandemic. -19. The event not only serves as a fundraiser for the Cancer Resource Center, but also raises awareness of the disease and the various treatment and service options available through the community health system.
The 17the The annual Unite & Fight Walk and 5K kicked off with a ceremonial ride that included cancer survivors marching around the Munster Mustangs football pitch led by a pipe band. Participants Dana and Richard attended their first Unite & Fight in 2018.
“We look forward to coming every year. We haven’t had the event for the past two years, so it’s nice to be back,” Dana said. “I strongly recommend anyone who is going through (cancer) to contact the Cancer Resource Centre. It’s incredible.”
Participants in this year’s event could choose between two routes – a 5km run taking them through the streets of Munster or a walk around the school and its sports facilities. Other activities included face painting by Paint on Me, a 100 meter sprint for the kids, various vendors, a 50/50 raffle and more.
Marie Macke, executive director of the Cancer Resource Centre, said the organization provides survivors and their families with resources that promote physical and spiritual health, such as yoga classes, support groups and more, as well as practical help such as helping to organize the necessary transport. She said she was delighted to see a strong turnout of survivors and supporters at this year’s Unite & Fight.
“There’s so much support in the community, which is hugely important,” Macke said.
Anthony Andello, Cancer Resource Center Outreach Director, led the coordination of the annual event, which has raised more than $1.5 million since its inception.
“We are very happy to have the support of the community health system,” Andello said. “This event demonstrates the dedication of the healthcare system and the Community Cancer Research Foundation to providing excellent care to local cancer patients and their loved ones.”
To learn more about the Cancer Resource Center and the Community Health System’s Community Cancer Research Foundation, visit myccrf.com.