Local teams take steps to raise money with a walk for cancer
DILLON – Two four-woman teams from Summit County plan to walk a marathon and then some in order to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. The event, called the Avon Walk Denver, will take place June 24 and 25 in Denver. Each team member strives to raise a minimum of $1,800 in order to participate. Last year, more than 1,000 walkers participated, raising more than $1.5 million, Avon Operations Coordinator Katie Burke said. Just under 1,400 walkers are expected this year, Burke continued.Walkers will travel a course through Denver, staying overnight and camping in Littleton. The non-competitive walk allows participants to pursue distance goals ranging from 26 to 39 miles. Walkers can go individually, or, in the case of some Summit County women, form teams to raise funds and train together. Team ‘Takin’ it to the streets’Why do the members of this team commit to walk 39 miles?”It’s obviously a great cause,” team member Elusia Andrus said. Breast cancer affects everyone, not just women, she added. For the fund raising effort, Andrus said the team was “e-mailing everyone we possibly know.” The team also planned several fundraising efforts for this weekend. On Saturday, a bake sale will be held at the Summit Thrift and Treasure store in Dillion. Summit Thrift and Treasure announced that the store will be donating 25 percent of its sales for the week of June 9-16 to the team. Donation bins for the team will be at every check stand at the Breckenridge City Market, and at the customer service desk of the Dillion City Market. Takin’ it to the streets had raised $4,460 so far, and their goal is to raise $7,200. To train for the 39-mile event, the team has been doing “lots of walking,” Andrus said. She added that team members try to train together to get in rhythm with each other.Team member Brianne Snow said that she supplements her walking training with biking, weight lifting, and hiking. After walking the 39-mile route through Cherry Creek and Littleton, Snow said she’s “expecting blisters and new friends.”Team ‘Summit Ramblers’ This year, Summit Rambler team member Cindy Sherve put her feet where her mouth was.”I decided instead of talking about it, this was the year to do it,” Sherve said. Sherve, whose circle of family and friends includes six cancer survivors, expects the walk to be “very emotional.”Team captain Christine Berwyn stressed that the goal of the team is not walking, but rather raising money. “If we get to walk, fantastic,” Berwyn said. She said she would look forward to the walk as a “celebration of survival.” Berwyn added that the walk would also serve as a chance for “honoring friends and relatives” who had succumbed to cancer.Berwyn will be walking for her father, a prostate cancer survivor. She said that she likes the Avon walk because the proceeds go in part to help cancer patients who are uninsured or under-insured.The Ramblers train with substantial walks, including a recent 22-mile jaunt.The team will receive fundraising aid from Keystone Neighborhood Company. The company will donate a portion of the proceeds from the Blues Festival and Arts Show and from the Bluegrass and Beer Festival to the team. The Blues Festival takes place July 8 and 9, and the Bluegrass Festival takes place Aug. 5 and 6.To this point, the Ramblers’ fundraising total comes almost entirely from family and friends, Sherve said. While the Ramblers have met their team fundraising goal, not every team member has raised the $1,800 required to participate in the walk.
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