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Bridge Walk set for Saturday in Geneva

Published: Friday, May 18, 2012 5:33 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, May 18, 2012 7:31 a.m. CST

GENEVA – More than 1,400 walkers are expected to participate Saturday in LivingWell Cancer Resource Center’s seventh annual Bridge Walk fundraiser at the Fabyan Forest Preserve.

LivingWell provides free, comprehensive resources for people with cancer, their families and their friends.

Programs cover the latest information on cancer, yoga, exercise, support groups, culinary information and counseling.

Some walkers have already registered for the 5K walk along the Fox River, said Lori Hansen, the LivingWell development coordinator. Many more are expected.

“People can show up and register that morning and walk,” Hansen said. “The cost is $30 for adults or teens, and you get a T-shirt as long as supplies last. If you are a cancer survivor, there is no cost.”

The cost is $20 for children ages 7 to 12 and $5 for a student who is a member of a school team and volunteers. Children 6 and younger can register for free.

Registration is from 7 to 8:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 8:30 after survivors have a celebratory walk.

“We have more than 140 survivors who will walk with their teams,” Hansen said.

The event also will feature tents with food, massages and children’s activities. At 7 a.m., the Batavia High School Swing Singers and Drum Line will perform, and Mary Hunt of the St. Charles Hunt family will sing, Hansen said.

Parking is encouraged on the Route 31 side of the park and at Houghton Mifflin across the street. Hansen said a shuttle will bring people across if necessary. About $189,000 has been raised for the center, and that money will support 55 programs and services for cancer patients, caregivers and family members.

“We are very excited to have a new home,” said Hansen, referring to the center’s new building at 442 Williamsburg Ave., Geneva. “Now, more than ever, we need help. We are growing so much. Nineteen hospitals and 26 oncology practices refer clients and patients to us, and we don’t charge a penny for services. We need everybody’s help.”

The Bridge Walk website, www.bridgewalk.kintera.org, lists walkers, teams and ways to donate.

Hansen, 52, of Geneva, is a two-time cancer survivor; she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 21 and breast cancer six years ago.

“So when my kids went to college, it was time to go back to work, and this is a great place to be,” Hansen said.

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