|Cancer Walk funds support local cancer survivors, prevention efforts|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 01 October 2015 21:28|
This luminary was one of several lining the Wauneta-Palisade Schools track during the 2015 Chase County Cancer Walk. It was created in memory of Greg Hayes by his sister Sue Irey of Imperial and his great-niece Emmalee Garcia of McCook. (Karen Hayes | The Imperial Republican)
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
The Chase County Hospital and Clinics’ annual Cancer Walk was a big success, raising even more funds than last year. After reviewing registrations, the committee determined there were more walkers at the Sept. 19 event than previously estimated–a total of 85 walkers attended the evening event held at the Wauneta-Palisade Schools’ track.
“People really enjoyed walking at night instead of the day. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback,” said Deb Hrcka, who oversees the Chase County Cancer fund.
Altogether, the walk raised approximately $4,700 for the Chase County Cancer Fund at CCCH, up over $700 from last year.
Funds were raised from walker registrations, sponsors, raffles and luminaries sold before and during the event. All proceeds will be added to the Cancer Fund, which provides support for both preventative cancer screenings and travel expenses for cancer patients who are from Chase County or are CCCH patients.
A total of 202 raffle tickets were sold for the four packages raffled at the Cancer Walk. The Husker package was won by Jamie Hanes, the beef package by Dan Kuhlmann, the pork package by Roseanna Vapenik and the Local Fun package by Andrew Crapson.
Because this year was the first time the event was held in the evening, Cancer Walk committee members tried something new–they sold luminaries to be placed around the track during the walk. The luminaries could be personalized and decorated to memorialize family and friends lost to cancer and/or to honor cancer survivors. A total of $385 was raised from the luminaries.
CCCH employees also got in on the fundraising by hosting a pasta bar for hospital employees, where $240 was raised.
Another feature new this year was the sale of black cancer ribbons to honor a cancer survivor or
memorialize someone lost to cancer. This endeavor raised over $100.
The black ribbons, which the public could purchase at Wauneta Crossroads, Super Foods in Imperial, Hills Family Foods in Imperial or at either medical clinic, served two purposes: to raise funds and to help spread the word about the event’s new evening format. Other activities the committee undertook to help get the word out was to volunteer at the Wauneta and Imperial theaters and selling raffle tickets at Broken Arrow Winery in Imperial during an event.
Two area vendors were also in attendance at the Cancer Walk, doing their part to support local survivors and their friends and families. Dona Adler gave every participant in the 2015 Walk cancer ribbon Miche Bags. Brandy Soucie with Vantel Pearl sold cancer ribbon bracelets at the walk and donated her profits, $13 per bracelet to the Cancer Walk.
Committee members who helped organize the 2015 Cancer Walk included Deb Hrcka, Jana Mintling, Stacy Leibhart, Kara Horton, Shannon Kuhlmann, Jaime Hiett, Kelli Tjaden, Steve Lewis and Julie Levy.
CCCH Cancer Fund aims to help local cancer patients
The CCCH Cancer Fund began in 2009. Since that time, it has received 60 requests for assistance and paid out over $17,000.
The fund provides financial help for Chase County residents or CCCH patients in two main ways–to offset the cost of preventative cancer screenings and to help cancer patients with travel expenses incurred.
The fund will assist individuals with offsetting the cost of cancer screenings up to $250 per year. It will help cancer patients with travel expenses up to $500 per year (gas, food, lodging, etc. related to travel to receive care) for current cancer patients.
Hrcka said many residents in the area are not aware of how the Cancer fund can assist them and said the committee who helps her oversee the fund would like to see more people take advantage of the assistance it can provide.
She explained use of the fund is not based on an individual’s income, but is available to all who live in Chase County and/or are patients of CCCH and clinics.
For more information about the Cancer Fund call Hrcka at CCCH at (308) 882-7111.