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A sea of over 14,000 walkers from all over the region flooded the Quad yesterday at UMass Medical School for the 12th annual Walk to Cure Cancer. Brightly colored t-shirts told stories of solidarity as teams of all sizes from unions, businesses, schools, area organizations, and the community at large came together to walk for friends, family members, and co-workers stricken by this all too prevalent disease.
An emotional Corrie Painter spoke for those fighting cancer everywhere when she said she was tired of being Angiosarcoma and longed to return to being Corrie Painter. The 37 year-old mother of two thought she would be receiving her doctorate at the end of last semester. Instead, she is fighting a cancer that strikes only 300 people worldwide and has no known successful treatment.
It was a day of contrasts for a solemn Kate Anderson, 7, who held a heart shaped photo of the aunt she lost to cancer two years ago even as she and her squad of 60 Pop Warner cheerleaders cheered on the thousands of walkers who stepped forward at noon.
Summing up the mood of the day, a beaming Marcia Lovell from Hopkinton said, “It has been so hard since I lost my husband to cancer. Today, for the first time, I don’t feel alone. I am surrounded by people who are here to change how cancer affects us, and I believe that the money raised can really save lives. Can you imagine a world without cancer?”
Since its founding in 1999, Walk to Cure Cancer has become the largest single day fundraising event in Central Massachusetts. Funds raised support cancer research, clinical trials, equipment, facilities, and world-renowned medical professionals at the UMass Memorial Cancer Center of Excellence. To date, the Walk has raised over $6 million.
Walk to Cure Cancer wishes to acknowledge our generous supporters:
Presenting Sponsor: Massachusetts AFL-CIO
Flagship Sponsors: College of the Holy Cross, UMass Memorial Health Care, National Association of Government Employees, Communication Workers of America 1301, Verizon Wireless, United Food and Commercial Workers 1445, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1505, Raytheon, World Energy, and Panera Bread
Corporate Sponsors: Polar Beverages, Stop & Shop, Imprint Express, Allied Waste, Bartholomew and Company, and W.B. Mason
Media Sponsors: Telegram and Gazette, WCVB - Channel 5, WSRS 96.1 FM and WTAG 580 AM, Tacticom, Charter Communications and Charter TV 3