LAUGHLIN — Two legs, four paws, and wheels are all welcome to join the 6th annual Connie Davis 5K Walk and Roll for Cancer fundraiser.
The walk begins at 9 a.m. PST on March 2 at Pyramid Canyon Day Use Area at Heritage Trails. The Laughlin Nevada Chamber of Commerce presents the event.
The “roll” was added to the name of the walk last year to emphasize that the walk is for everyone.
“Make a friend, and get someone out of the house that wouldn’t be able to alone,” said Jackie Mazzeo, Laughlin Chamber executive director. “The walking trail goes along the river. There are a dirt and sidewalk path making everything handicap friendly.”
Proceeds of the walk are donated to the River Fund Inc. Cancer Connection. The fund provides assistance to Tri-state cancer patients. It helps those who are beyond the financial capability of fighting cancer. The fund often helps with transportation expenses, treatment costs, office co-pays, and everything else a patient might need.
Registration for the 5K costs $25 per person. Each participant will get a T-shirt and gift bag. Children 12 and under get in for free with an accompanying adult.
A trophy is awarded to the largest team in participation. Last year, it went to a group from the Tropicana called the Trop Walkers. Anyone can create a team; just include the team name on the registration form.
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Participants also can print out the form and mail it in or drop it off at the Laughlin Chamber. Onsite registration will start at 8 a.m. the day of the walk.
There are 15 interactive spots along the walk for people to share their services or goods. One is rock painting with Bullhead City Rocks, a local Facebook group community that raises awareness by painting rocks.
Here, participants can decorate and write someone’s name who is either struggling with cancer or has survived on a rock. Once finished, it gets added to the Tree of Hope and Life, which was created in the park last September.
“It’s made up of rocks painted from the last three years at the cancer walk,” Mazzeo said.
There also will be educational information along the walk about topography and wildlife that surrounds the park.
Breakfast and lunch will be available, and music by Billy Kay is the official entertainment.
After lunch, a photo of everyone who participated in the 5K will be taken in the shape of a cancer ribbon.
“It’s a great way to spend the morning,” Mazzeo said. “We are all usually out of the park before 1.”
Last year’s cancer walk had 500 participants and donated more than $11,000 to River Fund Cancer Connection. This year’s goal is to beat last year’s number of attendants and, hopefully, money raised.
For more information, call Michelle at 702-298-2214 ext. 0 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of River Fund Cancer Connection are hosting a Love-N-Life themed dinner fundraiser and silent auction on Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m. PST at Laughlin Community Church. All funds raised will go toward the Cancer Connection fund.
Cancer survivors with an advance reservation can attend the dinner at no charge. Call Lenee Seed 562-756-7144, or Barbara Bodley 702-299-0005, for ticket availability.