LACiNg Up For Cancer

The LACiNg Up For Cancer walk, now in its 17th year, is this Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Peoples Academy track in Morrisville.

This community event celebrates, honors and remembers those touched by cancer. The event benefits the Lamoille Area Cancer Network (LACN) a Morrisville-based grassroots nonprofit organization. Last year’s walk raised more than $196,000. One hundred percent of the money raised stays in our community helping families, friends and neighbors who are undergoing treatment for their cancer. This year’s goal is $195,000.

Local businesses have already contributed more than $42,000, and event chair Kathy Demars reports that team participation is strong, too — teams bring in nearly 75 percent of funds raised each year. Some teams began fundraising as early as March with craft fairs, jewelry and clothing sales, dances and more.

Businesses and individuals also contributed in the form of in-kind donations including tents, tables and chairs, food for the survivor luncheon and volunteers and more.

It “truly demonstrates that we live in a very generous and caring community,” Demars said.”

The opening ceremony that kicks off at 11 a.m., then survivors and caregivers take to the track for two uplifting and emotional laps followed by a special luncheon. Throughout the day, teams will continue to fundraise with raffles, food sales and more.

“Essie’s Warriors will be cooking up their famous fries with a secret ingredient, the sweet treat of cotton candy will be served up by Tasha’s Faith Fighters and team Soul Sisters will be offering flavored snowballs,” Demars said.

Kids of all ages can enjoy activities and games thanks to team Love Never Fails, with scheduled activities at 1 and 3 p.m., as well as a cool-down afternoon hosing from the Morrisville Fire Department.

The silent auction tent will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

New this year, teams can light a candle to remember or honor people they are walking for. Following the candlelighting ceremony, tea lights in luminary bags are lit for a special one-hour quiet time for walkers and visitors to enjoy and reminisce as they continue their journey around the track. The evening concludes with fireworks.

“Regardless of how you decide to get involved the important message is that you are making a difference,” Demars said.

More information: Kathy Demars, 888-4651, or Jill Baker, 888-8302; lacnvt.org.

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