By SUSAN MENDE
CANTON - A spicy addition has been added to the 34th annual Edward I. Moses Walk/Run for Life.
To help draw more participants, a Zumbathon has been added to this Sundays fundraising walk.
The Zumba dance event will feature eight different instructors and runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside St. Lawrence Universitys Appleton Arena. Participants are asked to make a small donation. A health fair with screenings will be going on at the same time.
Were hoping to widen our network of support, said Kellie J. Hitchman, co-coordinator of this years Moses event. A lot of people love the Zumba workout. Whats better than working out and knowing that your donation is going to a good cause?
Each year since 1979, the Moses Walk/Run has raised money to support individuals and families in St. Lawrence County dealing with cancer, travel costs and related expenses. Proceeds also go to programs dedicated toward prevention, early diagnosis and detection of cancer. To date, the organization has raised $1,141,000.
Registration for the walk/run begins at 10 a.m. inside Appleton with participants beginning at 11:30 a.m. They will wind their way around Ferguson Trail behind the SLU athletic fields. Many participants form teams in honor of a loved one who passed away from cancer. They also have the choice of walking inside the arena.
Appoximately 350 people are expected and this years goal is $75,000. Once again, all of the money will stay within the county for education/prevention programs and to help with cancer-related expenses.
We have a a lot of teams that come year after year. They know our focus is helping people in the area, Ms. Hitchman said. All of this truly is a volunteer effort. Whatever we raise goes out to the community.
Most of the funds are distributed to other community groups that have connections with those suffering from cancer. In 2011, those included Ryans Wish Foundation, the Center for Cancer Care, Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, Gouverneur Business Women, St. Lawrence County Cancer Services Program and St. Lawrence Health Initiative.E.J. Noble Hospital, Gouverneur; and the Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center, Ogdensburg.