Hope Walk is this Saturday
YATES COUNTY--The Hope Walk of Yates County is set to hold its annual event on Saturday, Aug. 28 to help raise money and awareness for people in the community suffering from cancer.
The impetus for the Hope Walk began when a group of local citizens realized that many cancer fundraisers immediately sent the money out of Yates.
Started in 2015 by Dusty Baker, Ron Miller, Pat Moravec, Kevin Murphy, Cindy Murphy, Alicia Parkhurst, Dawn Shipman, and Marty Shipman, the first walk was held in 2016 and has become an annual event in the community.
"The 'Hope Walk' is more than just a fundraiser--it's a day where the community comes together. Every year, patients, survivors, families, friends, doctors, nurses, and volunteers walk as one to bring awareness to our cause and show support for everyone whose life has been touched by this disease," organizers say.
As the event has expanded so have the services offered by the Hope Walk of Yates County, which is a registered non-profit.
Yates residents impacted by cancer can receive up to $500 in grants to help cover medical costs along with hair care service, head covering service, up to six months membership at the Yates Community Center, one private session with a personal trainer, assistance with travel, future cancer screenings, assistance to find available healthcare, and access to cancer support groups.
"Due to the generous support from our community, we can now provide help and hope to cancer patients, survivors, their families, and caregivers by providing financial, emotional, spiritual and social programs," states the Hope Walk website.
The 2021 Hope Walk will start at the Yates Community Center from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28th.
The schedule includes:
3 p.m.: Registration Opens
4: Opening Ceremony
4:30-6: Hope Walk Carnival
6: Survivors' Ceremony
6:30: Survivors' Dinner
7: Olympic Games
8:30: Raffle Drawing, Hotel Ticket Drawing, Prepare Hope Bags around the track
9: Hope Bag Lighting Ceremony followed by Closing Ceremony
11: Festival Ends
For more information about how to participate, donate, or seek assistance visit www.hopewalkofyatescounty.org.