WILLIAMS BAY – In 2016, Amy Patek organized over 50 people in her small community to join her team for the Lombardi Walk to Tackle Cancer in Williams Bay. And she did it all while her husband, Jeff, fought for his own life. He was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer in 2014.
Jeff was able to see the huge outpouring of support. Many of the walkers were his friends, family or colleagues from the law enforcement community, as Jeff was a Sergeant with the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.
“I joined the walk because I thought it would be something great to do, we would be able to include our kids and show support for all the families or individuals who might be struggling with cancer,” Amy said.
She and Jeff have three beautiful young girls together. Unfortunately, just one week after the walk, they lost their dad at the young age of 49. So it’s been a tough road for Amy and her family since last year’s walk. But they will be back again this year, because they’ve learned how important and helpful that support can be.
“It would be nice for people to support their local cancer programs, because you never know when you might need to use it. I never thought that Jeff would get cancer and pass away at 49. It’s a small thing to do, but it means a great deal,” she shared.
How you can help
Sign up for one of 10 Lombardi Walk to Tackle Cancer events near you. Money raised will support local cancer care and research initiatives by Aurora Cancer Care and is eligible for a 50 percent match from the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.
All proceeds from the Lombardi Walk to Tackle Cancer will stay local. To see all walk locations and join the team, go to LombardiWalk.org.