|Cancer survivors, teams, supporters ready for Hometown Walk of Hope |
|Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 9:10 pm |
| By HOPE MONTGOMERY |
This weekend’s Walk of Hope is sure to “clock in” as one of the most exciting and beneficial events of the summer.
The Walk of Hope is an eight-hour event intended to raise money for local cancer patients and awareness and support for the cause. Although the event’s purpose centers around a life-threatening and destructive illness, the focus will be a celebration of life, both of cancer victims and cancer survivors. The Walk of Hope is a time for those in the community to reach out to each other and make a deep and resonating difference in one another’s lives.
This year will mark the 13th annual Hometown Walk of Hope for Obion County, and everyone is welcome to come out and participate in the walk-a-thon and events that will be taking place throughout the day. The theme this year is “Let’s Walk Around the Clock!” and opening ceremonies for the event will start at 4 p.m. at the Union City High School football field.
The kick-off lap will take place at 4:30 p.m. with the Parade of Teams showcasing their banners. After that, each team will have at least one team member walking laps at a time.
From 4:30 to 6 there will be a Survivor’s Reception in the Purple and Gold Room of the UCHS fieldhouse. Following the reception, survivors are invited to participate in the Survivor’s Lap at 6. Each survivor who walks will receive a free survivor T-shirt.
In the meantime, there will be a cornhole tournament sponsored by Wood Communications at 4:45; a scavenger hunt, a hula hoop contest and a bubble gum blowing contest at 5; and a team tug-of-war sponsored by UT Martin’s ATO fraternity at 5:30.
Following the Survivor’s Lap, there will be a best ’50s costume contest at 7 with two age groups for children and adults, a ’50s dance contest at 7:30, a lip-sync contest at 8:15, the Lights of Hope from 9:30 to 10, a womanless beauty review at 10:30, a team member drawing at 11:30 and closing ceremonies at midnight.
This year’s local sponsors include:
• Platinum sponsors — Jiffy Steamer and Reelfoot Bank.
• Gold sponsors — Baptist Memorial Hospital, Center Point Business Solutions, Chuck and Suzanne Doss, Commercial Bank, Lowrance Sound Company, Mary Fowler and Walmart.
• Silver sponsors — Dr. Kofi Nuako, Dr. Margaret Gore, Dr. Steve Beachum and patients, Union City First Baptist Church, KYTN, Lake Road Baptist Church, Little General Convenience Stores, Paula Counsell Memorial, PIP Printing, Reelfoot Baptist Church, Rodger P. Lewis, M.D., The Doctor’s Clinic-BMCG, Tyson Foods, Walgreens, Woman’s Clinic Employees and Women in Action in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
• Bronze sponsors — Airgas USA, LLC, Ameriprise Financial, Automotive Specialties, Cancer Care Center, Collision Specialty, Crop Production Services, Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home, Farm Bureau Insurance, First Citizens National Bank, First State Bank, G&H Tool and Die, Golden Living Center, Jernigan Surgery Clinic, Kizer Pharmacy, Kohler, Ladies Choice of Calvary Baptist Church, Leaders Credit Union, Los Portales, MVP Brands, Pro Pak, Russell Jordan Benefit Fund, Snappy Tomato, Star Physical Therapy, Tri- State International Trucks, Union City Coca-Cola, Union City Eye Care, Union City Insurance and Union City J’Cettes.
Co-founder Lorraine Beachum says it takes about $175,000 a year to help local cancer patients cover their bills. By the end of the night at Walk of Hope last year, the event had raised over $162,000.
She said hopes are just as high this year, with organizers placing a bit of well-deserved faith in Obion County residents to come through for another successful round of cancer fundraising at the 13th annual Walk of Hope.
Saturday’s events are open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to visit, enjoy the food, play games and raise money for a worthwhile cause.
Anyone who wishes to make additional donations may send funds to P.O. Box 482, Union City, TN 38281.
Editor’s note: Hope Montgomery is a sophomore at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. he is the daughter of Bob and Amy Montgomery of Union City.
Published in The Messenger 5.29.13