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Cancer walk honors ‘true grit’ of patients

The Cancer Support Center holds two walks each year one Lincoln-Way areone Homewood. Sunday's walk will be Commissioners Park Frankfort.

The Cancer Support Center holds two walks each year, one in the Lincoln-Way area, and one in Homewood. Sunday's walk will be at Commissioners Park in Frankfort. | File photo

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What: The Cancer Support Center’s Walk of Hope and 5K Fun Run

Where: Commissioners Park, 22108 S. 80th Ave., Frankfort

When: Run registration at 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. start. Walk registration from 8 to 9 a.m.

Cost: $30 for age 15 and older, $15 for ages 5 to 14, and children 4 and younger are free.

Etc.: Survivor celebration at 9 a.m. No pets allowed. For more information, call (708) 385-1201. For advance registration, visit www.firstgiving.com/cancersupportcenter/walk-of-hope-may-18.

Updated: June 14, 2014 6:14AM



Participants are being “challenged” for the Cancer Support Center’s Walk of Hope and 5K Fun Run this year.

Walkers and runners are being asked to bring a new person to the event or to increase their fundraising goals.

The event is scheduled for Sunday at Commissioners Park in Frankfort, and the center is expecting to meet or exceed the 900 walkers and runners who participated last year.

”It’s definitely been growing,” center board secretary Pat Martin said.

The event is held twice a year — in May in the Lincoln-Way area and in October in Homewood — to raise cancer awareness and fund the free programs and services offered to cancer patients and their families at the Cancer Support Center’s locations in Mokena and Homewood.

Programs include support groups, counseling, mind and body therapies, a wig boutique and nutritional education, among many others.

Registration for runners begins at 7 a.m., with the run starting at 8 a.m. Registration for walkers is from 8 to 9 a.m., and the one- and three-mile walks that participants can choose between begin at 9:30 a.m.

One special event is a survivor celebration scheduled for 9 a.m.

“Anyone who is a cancer survivor can participate (in the celebration), and many who come are participants of our various programs at the center,” Martin said. “We’re honoring the spirit and the true grit those people have as they go through a diagnosis of cancer and how they keep a positive outlook.”

The pledge goal is $100 per walker. The entry fee is $30 for age 15 and older, and $15 for children ages 5 to 14. Children 4 and younger are free.

Martin said many people walk or run to support those who are undergoing cancer treatment and are unable to participate themselves.

“I think to someone who is battling cancer or just getting over treatment, this (event) makes a real statement: ‘I support you and I support someone who can help you,’ ” she said.



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