CureSearch: Walk for Children’s Cancer in Hartford

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cancer. The word is taunting and generally not surrounded with good feelings. However, the vibe was upbeat and positive at the CureSearch walk for Children’s Cancer this past Saturday. The event took place on the deck of the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. Fall weather made its introduction at the event, leaving us with a cool wind on our backs and the sunshine on our faces. During the event, teams gathered and took at 30 minute walk along the Connecticut River. At the end of the event, the grand total raised was over $30,000. It was evident that everyone at this event was happily giving of themselves, including over a dozen volunteers from Eastern, a local DJ from Willimantic who donated his talents throughout the morning and hundreds of people who coordinated the event, donated money and donated their time to walk. Even children were eager to help. One little boy, who was volunteering, willingly told me the story of his 20-year old sister who had survived cancer, describing it to me as “the saddest day of his life” when he found out she had been diagnosed. Another boy told me that the event was “one of the best community service’s he had ever done.” The CureSearch walk helped raise thousands of dollars for children’s cancer research, but just as importantly, it brought hope to those who have been personally affected by the disease and allowed people of all ages to feel the positive impact that they can have on such an emotional topic.

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