“Most walkers don’t know what is all involved behind the scenes to make a 3K walk an amazing community event for a great cause,” said Samantha Fenske, event planner at Aurora Health Care Foundation. “We want everyone to know how big of a difference they are making when they walk.”
Why do they give their time for these walks? Each has their own personal reason.
“A colleague invited me to be involved because she thought I could really help out,” said John, who is working to map the route through Menominee Park for the walk in Oshkosh. This will be the first year at this location. “I do it in memory of my mother who was a cancer survivor for years before it ultimately took her life a few years ago. My dad is a cancer survivor so these cancer programs are important to me and my family.”
Terri Jambor is on the committee helping to organize the inaugural Lombardi Walk for Cancer in Walworth County. The walk will take place in Williams Bay. “It is exciting to be part of the first year. We really hope to rally the community and show our support for cancer care. It really touches so many people.”
In addition to the 3K walk, the Milwaukee event on June 14 will also include a 5K run. The event has welcomed participants such as Bart Star and Santana Dotson of the Green Bay Packers. “This is such a fun event to plan because it brings such joy to the teams who are walking to support a survivor or to hold the memory of a loved one who passed away. Everyone is there to support each other,” says Debbie Furderer, who has been involved in the planning of the Milwaukee walk for the past 15 years.
Tracy Bliske, breast cancer nurse navigator at Aurora Medical Center Oshkosh sees the walks as an important way to give back. “Our patients are so appreciative of the care they receive at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic, it is the least we can do to help organize this walk to support them on their journey. There is no ‘I’ in team – so we all make this a great success together.”
Tracy will walk on June 7 with the One Voice, Many Faces team along with her colleagues in radiation and medical oncology at Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic.
To register for the walks in Oshkosh, Williams Bay or Milwaukee, go to Aurora.org/CancerWalk.