2013 Salt Lake City Walk Raises $100,000 for Children's Cancer Research
Community celebrates success at 3rd annual Walk

Salt Lake City WalkOn October 5th the Salt Lake City community gathered at Sugar House Park for the 3rd annual Salt Lake City CureSearch Walk. 1,500 Walkers helped raise more than $100,000 to fund children's cancer research. With more than 50 CureSearch Champions – those in treatment and survivors - in attendance, there was a lot to celebrate, but those no longer with us were never far from anyone's mind. To share their stories, posters of children in the community who have been affected by cancer lined the park and registration area of this year's Walk.

To start off the ceremony, the crowd was entertained by local DJ Rob with Felix the Falcon and his other mascot friends, leading the crowd in jumping jacks to warm up for the walk around the park. Kelli Wright, National Director of Strategic Partnerships for CureSearch, shared the exciting news that Dr. Mary Beckerle and team at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City just received a $1.73M grant to continue their research in Ewing sarcoma. The remembrance ceremony was led by Primary Children's Medical Center's Tiffany Carlson, RN who has treated many of the children in Salt Lake City. After, the CureSearch Champions were brought up to the stage to receive their medals and hold the These Are The Reasons We Walk banner, with the names of all the children in Salt Lake City who have been affected by childhood cancer.

Salt Lake City WalkWalk committee member Jennie Burnside, mother of Wilms tumor survivor Izzy, reflected on why she will always walk. "The reasons I walk are so incredibly important to me! Thank you to all the cancer moms, cancer dads, cancer siblings, and support systems that help our families through this cancer journey. Thank you to the Primary Children's Medical Center staff, the volunteers, the Walk committee I've worked with for 3 years now planning this event, to every single child who has fought the battle whether they are still in treatment, surviving or the beautiful angels who earned their wings too early. And, the biggest most important reason I walk is for my Izzy!" says Jennie.

After the Walk, participants reflected on how far treatment has come, but how much more is left to do. They are already looking forward to next year's Walk!

Christine Bork
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