Letter: LivingWell 5th Annual Bridge Walk a success

By on June 16, 2010

As you are probably aware, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center is a nonprofit organization that provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: newly diagnosed patients, cancer survivors, caregivers, children, loved ones and the bereaved. Simply, we are here to help all of those involved in a cancer diagnosis by providing a wide range of programs, free of charge, which are complementary to medical services. In order to do so, we must rely on the graciousness of volunteers and donors who help support us in our endeavors.

This graciousness was exemplified by the community on Saturday, May 15, at the 5th Annual Bridge Walk. Under a clear and crisp blue sky, 129 teams registered for the event—1,500 walkers in total—raising over $240,000 in support of LivingWell: the largest total raised to date.

In order to provide the highest caliber of programming, it takes an army of volunteers and a lot of fundraising. LivingWell would like to thank everyone who participated in and supported the 5th Annual Bridge Walk, including the over 30 corporate sponsors and 100-plus volunteers.

The morning included a special rendition of “We are the Champions” by singer Leslie Hunt to commemorate the 10-Step Celebration Walk. We broke so many records this year, including dollars raised and number of teams formed. “Kathy’s Circle,” headed by Glenn Harks, raised over $16,000; and “Linda’s Lions,” led by Carianne Paustian, was the largest team with 80 walkers. Additionally, nine local schools participated, with the top school fundraiser being St. Charles East High School, raising $11,010, and Wasco Elementary school’s “Wasco Wolves,” raising $5,206.

LivingWell would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their generous support:
Aldi, Inc; Batavia Rotary Club; Cancer Care & Hematology Specialists; Cocoon; Colonial Ice Cream, Inc.; Delnor Cancer Care Center; Dickens, Mason, & Kissell D.D.S.; Dr. Brian Vence; EFS Foundation; First Choice Bank; Francissen Landscape Group, Inc.; Gerald Nissan Subaru of North Aurora; Gordon Flesch Company; Hansen-Furnas Foundation, Inc.; Kane County Farm Bureau; Kluth Family Foundation/CouponCabin; Lean Advantage; Montgomery Brothers; Mothers Club of Geneva; Niche Restaurant; Prose Orthodontics; Provena Mercy Medical Center; Rush-Copley Medical Center; Shodeen Family Foundation; Starbucks; Todd S. Hewell, III, M.D.; and Tradewinds Heating & Air Conditioning.

The staff and board members of LivingWell are tremendously grateful for all of the support shown by our community. The Bridge Walk day is a personal tribute to all who are battling a cancer diagnosis. Additionally, it creates awareness of the disease and raises funds to support the extensive array of programming and services at LivingWell. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the day such a success.

Nancy Vance
Executive Director
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center