Walkers, runners, raise money to help cancer patients
Warrensburg – About 75 walkers and runners took to the cart paths at Keth Memorial Golf Course in a 5K fundraiser for the Johnson County Cancer Foundation.
Foundation Treasurer Derek Elwell said including earlier donations, the event raised $6,500, which helps Johnson County cancer patients and their families meet out-of-pocket and uncovered expenses related to the cancer diagnosis.
Elwell said the turnout for the fourth annual event “was down a little bit,” with other walks occurring at the same time.
Event Chairwoman Stephanie Elkins said the turnout “was fairly comparable to last year” in spite of competition from two other walks. She said golf course construction also may have confused participants regarding whether the event would take place there.
“Even with all that, I was really happy with the turnout,” Elkins said. “I thought it was a very successful walk.”
The group raised about $5,500 the day of the race.
Elwell said the foundation does not set a goal for the fundraiser.
“Whatever we make gives us more money to distribute to people in the county,” she said.
Elkins expressed appreciation to the sponsors and participants.
“I want to reiterate that we help local families with whatever needs they have,” she said. “We’ve paid out over $300,000.”
Elkins said all of the foundation’s funds come from donations.
Anyone diagnosed with cancer who needs money may write a letter, including their address and phone number, to the Johnson County Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 169, Warrensburg, MO 64093.
The letter must contain the type of cancer and date of diagnosis; the name of the patient’s doctor; and the need, such as money for gas, utility bills or medicine.
THE WINNING fundraisers in the Johnson County Cancer Foundation 5K walk/run Saturday are members of the Checker Tavern team. Team members Brenda Wilson, Sara Chapman, Robin Allen, Linda Schnakenberg and Jennifer Woods raised $1,500 for the foundation, which distributes all the funds to in-county cancer patients and their families. The team secured the traveling trophy for the second year in a row.
WINNERS in the Johnson County Cancer Foundation 5K run Saturday are
Darles White, third; Skyler Morehead, first; and Melissa Livengood, second.
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