Cindy Vaughn, Carolina Rede hold a banner at Saturdayâ€™s Walk for Hope. (Jonathan Entzminger Photo)
The Take the First Step fundraiser and kick-off event for the second annual Walk for Hope was held in downtown Roswell, Saturday.
â€œWeâ€™re trying to get people excited about the things that we are going to be doing,â€ Julie Morrow, Walk for Hope chairwoman, said. â€œWe need more sponsors and weâ€™re looking for cancer survivors to sign up for the event, so that we can honor them.â€
Fundraising items sold included baked goods, hope wings, jewelry, T-shirts and luminarias, which will be lighted at a candlelight vigil during the Walk for Hope.
Committee members for the Walk were also on hand, signing up walk teams for the May 13 event. Morrow said that 1,200 people participated in last yearâ€™s Walk, which raised $20,000. She hopes to add to last yearâ€™s success.
â€œWeâ€™ve gotten a lot of sponsors, teams signed, and cancer survivors, but there are still many, many more to come,â€ she said.
Funds raised from both events will be given to local cancer patients through Chaves County Cancer Funds. According to Morrow, funds will help patients with everyday expenses that often add up after theyâ€™ve paid for the cost of medical treatment.
â€œThey need money for gas, travel, utilities,â€ she said. M
orrow said the Walk of Hope committee is also helping feed cancer survivors through its food voucher program with Farmers Country Market.
â€œWe look at the holistic approach,â€ she said. â€œIf they donâ€™t have good nutrition, theyâ€™re not going to get well. We look at all of the different aspects that they need, because there are lots of other areas that usually get neglected when theyâ€™ve spent all of their money on medicine or medical bills.â€
A talent showcase will coincide with the Walk for Hope. The committee is currently looking for people to feature in the show. For more information, call 637-9550.