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Wauneta women inspire others impacted by cancer, play key roles in upcoming cancer walk PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 September 2011 22:42

Cancer survivors Mindi Goings, left, and Stephanie Williams, right, of Wauneta, will both play key roles in the Chase County Community Hospital’s upcoming All-Cancer Walk and benefit auction Oct. 1 in Wauneta. Friday is the early pre-registration deadline. Signing up by then will ensure participants receive a T-shirt the day of the cancer walk.

 

By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze

 

To Mindi Goings it’s not a cancer walk so much as a a cancer march.

“Because that’s what we do even with all we are dealing with — chemo, radiation, doctor visits, hospitalizations — we march. We just keep on marching forward day by day.”

The lady speaks from experience.

Mindi celebrated her 39th birthday Sunday and cancer has been a part of life off and on since day-one when she emerged into the world with a tumor on her heart.

Her parents were told their infant daughter had only a 15 percent chance of surviving. But Mindi was born to fight. And to march. She licked childhood cancer and marched on with her life.

As a young wife and mother, she found herself fighting cancer again when in 2006 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Over the past five years Mindi’s unflinching courage and upbeat attitude have carried her through setbacks and victories in her ongoing battle against cancer.

She will share her story during the Chase County Community Hospital’s All-Cancer Walk and benefit auction to be held in Wauneta Oct. 1.

The annual fundraising event benefits Chase County and area patients who receive services from Chase County Community Hospital and Clinics who are diagnosed with cancer or who are pursuing cancer prevention.

Following the morning walk a lunch will be served at the Wauneta-Palisade commons area in the gym lobby and a benefit auction held. At this time Mindi will share her story, telling of her battles and encouraging others impacted by cancer to keep marching.

Those interested in signing up for the Cancer Walk can do so at Valley Bank and Trust in Wauneta and CCCH in Imperial. Cost is $15 per participant and those who pre-register by Sept. 16 will get a Cancer Walk T-shirt. Participants can also pick up a pledge form to enlist the support of sponsors to help raise additional funds. Pledges are encouraged but are not required.

Registration forms are also available on the hospital’s website at www.chasecountyhospital.com.

Walkers can still register to participate on the day of the walk with cost of registration at $20 and no guarantee of shirt size, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

The event is being coordinated by Francisca Morales of Imperial, with Brenda Anderson serving as Wauneta’s pre-registration contact.

Mindi has been an inspiration to others, including Stephanie Williams of Wauneta, another young mother impacted by cancer. Williams is helping to organize this year’s event. She has been busy finalizing the walk route and gathering contributions for the silent auction.


Cancer Walk schedule

Final registration on the day of the walk will be held at the Wauneta Medical Clinic from 8:30 to 9 a.m. MT. Participants will line the streets from the clinic to the school as cancer survivors kickoff the morning’s events with a march to the school where a balloon release will mark the start of the 5K walk for everyone, explained Williams.

The route of the Wauneta walk will be released next week. If the weather is not agreeable, the walk will be held inside the WP gym. The walk will end at approximately 10:15 a.m. at the Wauneta-Palisade School gym where Mindi will then share her story with the crowd followed by a complimentary lunch for Cancer Walk participants.

A silent auction of items donated by area businesses and supporters will be held ending promptly at 11:45 a.m. MT. Music will be provided by Jeff Schuman of Imperial. In past years this auction has offered a significant fundraising boost for the event.

Last year there were 98 participants taking part in the cancer walk in Imperial, many in honor or memory of loved ones affected by cancer; others as cancer survivors themselves.

Anderson is challenging Wauneta to top this number with a strong turnout of participants. If you have questions or would like to contribute an item for the silent auction you can contact Anderson at VB&T or Morales at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial at 308-882-7306.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 September 2011 22:52