Canton walk/run celebrates 40 years of fighting cancer through community

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CANTON — April 29 will mark the 40th annual Edward I. Moses Walk/Run for Life, an event that has been bringing community members together for what has become the primary fundraiser for the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund.

But St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund board member Mark L. Brackett has been involved in the event since 1979 and said the event is more than a fundraiser; it also harbors special memories for him.

Every year, he has dedicated his participation to someone who is being treated for or died from cancer, to honor that person.

“For many years, I ran 10 miles with their name written on my stomach,” Mr. Brackett said. “The most special memory I have of the event over the last 40 years is the involvement of the Curtis family with the unfortunate loss of both mother, Terri, and Samantha. The family has pulled together through the years to raise awareness and money to fight the disease of cancer.”

The event is held at Appleton Arena, St. Lawrence University, where the start, finish, health fair, music provided and grand prize ceremony will all be held at the arena.

Registration forms are available at Kinney Drugs stores and Subway restaurants throughout the county. All of the fundraising takes place prior to the event and can be done online at https://2018-ei-moses-walkrun-for-life.causevox.com/ or collected in person, and donations are handed in on the day of the event.

Registration on the day of the event is from 9 to 11 a.m. Official start is at 11 and the grand prize ceremony is at 1 p.m.

Anyone can participate with a minimum $25 entry or sponsor fee. Registration is paid with the first donation to the campaign. Participants can walk, run, jog, push a stroller, etc. Participants can go it alone or go as a group. Participants who raise $50 will receive an event T-shirt.

The walk/run route covers one to 10 miles on the St. Lawrence campus, either Ferguson Trail or on the outdoor track.

All proceeds from the event stay in St. Lawrence County to support the cancer fund’s mission to increase awareness of cancer and how to avoid getting it through education, screening and assisting those with cancer, he said.

Mr. Brackett said that over the past few years, the number of those participating and the money raised has been trending down, something he hoped would change this year.

“We are hoping to regain our former numbers of 300-plus participants and raising $75,000-plus for the one day event,” Mr. Brackett said.

For more information, visit http://www.walkrunforlife.com/about.html or call Kellie Hitchman at 315-244-1801.

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