ESCANABA - The Ninth Annual Walk in the Park for Brain Tumor Research will be held Saturday at Ludington Park in Escanaba. Walk-up registration is available the morning of the walk from 910.
The walk has raised approximately $50,000 for brain tumor research since it began in 2005. All proceeds from this fund-raising activity benefit Superior Health Foundation, and are earmarked exclusively for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center (UMBTC) at Marquette General Hospital.
The UMBTC is a non-profit care, treatment and research organization serving patients and families throughout the UP. Global advances in research of this highly resistant cancer include reducing tumor growth with pulsed low-dose radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy, and viral therapy using cancer-cell attacking viruses.
Adults and kids enjoy a morning walk along the lake in support of brain tumor research at last year’s Walk in the Park.
The event has been bringing those affected by brain tumors together since 2005. Two Escanaba-area families are partnering to put on the walk - the families of Don McInnis and Sue Anderson, who both lost their lives to brain tumors.
Highlights of this year's event are a memorial balloon release, bake sale, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and prizes from local businesses. Generous sponsors making this event possible are Dobber's Pasties, Delta County Credit Union, Luft Insurance Agency, and Skradski Family Funeral Homes.
People of all ages are welcome to walk a two-mile loop along the lake, or follow their own path as they are able. Kids may bring their bikes, scooters, skates or skateboards and participate in the Kids' Ride. Walk-up registration donation is $25 per adult, $10 per child.
Check-in opens at 9 a.m. at the pavilion. The walk starts at 10, rain or shine. More information is available at www.eskywalkinthepark.
com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EskyWalk, or by calling Carol McInnis at 786-3717.