Walk for Hope: Asante launches first cancer walk
Hundreds of cancer survivors and their friends and families are expected to take part in Asante’s first Walk for Hope, set for Saturday, Oct. 8, at the new Mary and Dick Heimann Cancer Center in Medford.
Participants will walk a mile around the center and nearby Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, then enjoy danceable tunes by the Danielle Kelly Soul Project back at the Heimann. Food trucks Prickly Pear and The Melt will be on hand, too, selling Latin dishes and cheesy sandwiches.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Entrance 1 of the Heimann, 3011 E. Barnett Road, Medford, with the walk starting at 11 a.m. after a few brief remarks. Participation is free. Donations received will benefit the Cancer Compassion Fund at both the Heimann and the Helen K. Spears Cancer Center in Grants Pass. The fund helps ease the additional burdens of cancer treatment with such items as gas cards so patients can make their appointments and Magic Bullet blenders so they can prepare nutritional smoothies at home.
Participants who register by Sept. 20 will receive a free T-shirt. More than 100 signed up within the first week after registration opened.
Mujahid Rizvi, MD, medical director of Asante’s cancer centers, spearheaded the walk as an annual celebration of all those impacted by cancer, whether a survivor, a loved one or someone just beginning their cancer journey.
“Everyone is touched by cancer in some way,” he said. “We want to celebrate our cancer patients, thank those who’ve supported them along the way, and honor the legacy of those whom we’ve lost.”
Asante employees are encouraged to join the walk or volunteer to help with setup, registration, water stops, directing traffic and pedestrians or just helping root on the walkers along their way. Those who’d like to volunteer may email Stacy Kostenbauer, Hematology Oncology Clinic manager.
For more information, visit asantefoundation.org/walk-for-hope.
SAVE THE DATE: The next Walk for Hope is planned for Oct. 7, 2023!
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