GENEVA – Geneva Police Officer Penny Boedigheimer and her friend, North Aurora resident Tracey Wright, walked 30 miles last month to raise money to find a cure for children’s cancer.
“We trained for months, over 100 miles and did this 30-mile hike in 13.5 hours on Tecumseh Trail in Yellowwood Forest in Indiana,” Boedigheimer said. “We had a whole team of 17 people. ... The team has raised $39,396.”
With nearly 13,500 children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer each year, one out of every five does not survive and three of five who are diagnosed suffer devastating, long-term side effects, Boedigheimer said in her fundraising statement.
Boedigheimer and Wright will be among others at a post-hike party celebrating their walk from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Orlando’s Pizza, 821 E. State St., Geneva.
The party is open to the public to raise money for the cause, Boedigheimer said. The team hopes to raise an additional $2,000 at the post-hike party. Boedigheimer and Wright also made up a two-person sub-team, called Peacemakers, and together raised $3,000, she said. Their goal is $5,000.
“Come, have pizza, join the raffle or just make a donation – whatever you want to do,” Boedigheimer said.
Wright, a survivor of ovarian cancer, said 20 percent of everything sold at Orlando’s will go to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer.
“I was diagnosed at 29, and I’ve been cancer-free 12 years,” said Wright, who now is 42.
In the past, Boedigheimer also has shaved her head as part of St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money to find a cure for children’s cancer.