Hospital Helps Make CureSearch Walk in Dayton a Success


On September 17th, Dayton held its inaugural CureSearch Walk at Eastwood Park. The nearly 700 walkers, totaling 35 teams and countless individuals at the Walk, were a testament to the amazing support of the staff at the Children's Medical Center of Dayton and the families of those affected by children's cancer.

Photo by Ashley Macheledt - R&A Studios

The Children's Medical Center of Dayton played a large role in recruiting families impacted by children's cancer to take part in the event. Their effort paid off with a groundswell of support including team Zach Pack. Team Zach Pack, made up of 84 people walking in honor of Zachary Meredith, was the top fundraising team raising a grand total of $9,349 to fight children's cancer.

The members of the CureSearch Walk Committee were excited to have the Children's Medical Center as a partner. Buoyed by the support of the local hospital and Dayton community, committee chair Heidi Noj and her team were an unbelievable force in coordinating the Walk logistics. Heidi was inspired to participate in the CureSearch Walk because of her daughter Bonnie, an Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia patient who recently finished treatment. Heidi and her committee put together an event that included a bounce house for children, music, Bob Evan's mascots Biscuit and Gravy, and Heater, the mascot of the minor league baseball team Dayton Dragons.

Highlights of the event were the emotional balloon release held in remembrance of those children who lost their battles with cancer and the medal ceremony honoring the 20 children fighting cancer, or who had overcome the disease, in attendance as CureSearch Champions. In total, the inaugural CureSearch Walk - Dayton raised nearly $60,000 for children's cancer research.

Shelby Hammond
Communications Manager
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