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Greeley County Victory Walk held Saturday

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Cancer survivors released balloons at the start of the Victory Walk on Saturday evening.

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Cancer survivors released balloons at the start of the Victory Walk on Saturday evening.

Most all of us have witnessed the courage of a cancer survivor who has transformed the suffering they have endured during their cancer journey into a life filled with purpose, passion and compassion. On Saturday, September 16th, the Victory Walk Team organized a celebration of all that cancer survivorship represents. With the help of others, we celebrated perseverance, resilience and determination. We wish to thank our local and area businesses, and individuals for their sponsorship donation for this cause. To the community members, whether you purchased luminaries, put together a walking team, or donated an item for the team prizes, YOU are appreciated! Our local Boy Scout troop proudly marched toward us, carrying the flag. Kenia Hermosillo sang the National Anthem prior to our evening kick off. We had nearly 100 people in attendance for the 5:00 start of the “Survivor Victory Lap”. We proudly honored 19 survivors as they crossed the starting line and each released a balloon in celebration of life! Team competition games were enjoyed and well-deserved prizes were awarded. Hamburgers and hotdogs were grilled, courtesy of the Greeley County Fire Dept. and were served along with everyone bringing a side dish for a potluck supper. Thanks to the extension office for the use of the 4-H building. A silent auction was held for a beautiful handmade quilt adorned with material honoring breast cancer. It was sewn with love and donated by Carla Christian, Kathy Nolan, Kristen Nolan and Linda Wendelburg. Kaylie Carney shared a heartfelt Tribute to her mother, Pam Schneider. We proudly lit 85 luminaries as Dee Ann Schneider read the names “in Memory of” and “in Honor of” loved ones that have had or are now facing the dreadful diagnosis of cancer. All attending stood in silence as we listened to “The Dash” song after the last candle was lit. This is the best and most heartfelt time of the entire evening! Unfortunately the cool weather sent a few people away early. Over $35,000 has been distributed to patients of the Greeley and Wallace County clinics in the past 15 years that have been dealt a cancer diagnosis. It has come to our attention, after all the years of our existence, that some people weren’t under the impression that ALL money raised stays right here in our communities! It isn’t sent for research or to other Cancer organizations. It is dispersed in $500 increments upon the patient’s application request. If active treatment is still ongoing in 6 months, another application may be submitted. Funds may be used at the patient’s discretion. With gratitude and appreciation, Your 2017 Victory Walk team- Connie Rupp, Pam Schneider, Melissa Walk, Adriana Evans, Kaylie Carney, Lurine Nutt, Pat Brunswig, Linda Peterson, Kellee Kleymann, Burlay Parks.
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