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Annual Village Walk for Cancer Research says 'thanks'

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- The 18th annual Village Walk for Cancer Research, held on Sept. 28, drew over 300 walkers and 20-plus kayakers.

"On behalf of the Village Walk for Cancer Research Committee, we would like to thank all of our sponsors, walkers, kayakers, donors and volunteers for making this year's walk a huge success. Because of your generosity and desire to help us raise money for cancer research, we exceeded our goal of $50,000 and will proudly present the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute (WPRCI) Seeds of Science program $53,000 designated for cancer research," a news release said.

"Whether you started your own team, volunteered on the planning team or the day of the event, signed up to walk, handed out water, fundraised for the Walk or experienced the race for the first time, you have made a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and families of those that have lost a loved one," it said.

The event involved the following:

• 400 registered walkers and 25 teams.

• 20 volunteers helped to organize and run the event.

• There were over 55 sponsors and donors.

• 650 brats and hotdogs were handed out.

• 40-plus flu shots were administered.

• 20 kayakers paddled for the cause.

• Boxes of old records were brought to fill the shred truck.

• There was a record-breaking bake sale and silent auction.

Next year's walk will be held on Sept. 26, 2020.

"We look forward to your support as we continue our quest to 'Walk and paddle away cancer, one cancer at a time,'" the release said.

Society on 10/19/2019

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