The 2011 CureSearch Walk – Austin Returns for Another Successful Year!


Sunny skies greeted participants on September 24th for the CureSearch Walk – Austin at Mueller Lake Park. More than 600 people, totaling 35 teams and countless individual walkers raised $93,500 for children's cancer research.

 

Paul Brown from YNN emceed the event and played music to get everyone ready for the event.  Face  painters, DJs, balloon artists, Game2U, and arts and crafts stations also contributed to  a family friendly atmosphere for all those in attendance.

At the opening ceremony, Mayor Lee Leffingwell kicked things off by welcoming everyone to the event and reading a proclamation that September 11, 2011 was National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. Police Chief Art Acevedo spoke next and was followed by Sharon Lockhart, MD, from Dell Children's Medical Center who spoke about the importance of children's cancer research.

Many families were moved by a touching balloon release ceremony held in memory of those lost to cancer.  Afterwards, more than 40 children cancer survivors and those currently in treatment were honored as CureSearch Champions.

There are many great stories about teams and individuals that took part in this Walk.  One that stood out was of a little girl named Ishani Sathianathan whose goal was to raise $10,000.  A cancer survivor, she used self-made artwork and her story to convince her friends and family to help the lives of children with cancer by either contributing or taking part in the CureSearch Walk.  Her perseverance was exemplified by the $23,000 she raised, more than double her original goal. As a result, her team was the top fundraising team at the event.  The CureSearch Walk – Austin was also happy to see the Primrose School of Bee Cave and Four Points participate for the second year served as the presenting sponsor.

Christine Bork
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