Annual Walk for C.A.R.E. raises $18,722 for research

15 years ago
    CARIBOU, Maine — Winding through the city like a pink and camouflaged parade, 186 individuals participated the annual Walk for C.A.R.E., raising $18,722 for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Numbers were down a little from last year, when over 200 walkers raised $19,944. Considering the current economic climate, Cary Medical Center representative Kim Parent believes the event was a success.
Top prizes were awarded for the individuals/groups that raised the most money for the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Having raised over $62,300 individually since she started extensively fund-raising in 2001 for the cause, Nancy Morneault came in first place for having generated the largest donation; Morneault raised $8,662 for this walk and was awarded a $1,000 check for her efforts.
Finding a cure for cancer is personal for Morneault, who lost her husband of 43 years to cancer on Nov. 6, 2007.
Morneault strives to raise funds for breast cancer because for her, advancement in treatment for one cancer can lead to the advancement of treatment for other cancers.
A first for the annual walk, the Loring Defenders, led by their Commander Roger Felix, walked at the front of the parade. The Loring Job Corps Center placed third in generated funds, raising $1,315.17 and being awarded a $200 prize.
Maine Military Authority came in second place, raising $1,867 and receiving a $500 prize.
While the prizes for raising the most money were large, the walkers didn’t seem focused on prize money as they walked through the Caribou streets wearing pink.
For example, members of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary of Caribou challenged each other to have the most walkers.
While the Ladies Auxiliary won the friendly competition between the two groups, a combined $721 was raised for the walk, which makes the Breast Cancer Foundation the real winner. Had the group placed in the top three, Auxiliary President Shelley O’Rourke stated that they intended on giving the prize money right back to the foundation.
Many groups walked for the greater good, including Sitel, sorority sisters of Kappa Delta Phi from UMPI, and Cary staff.
According Dr. Kathleen Ruddy, Cary Medical Center general surgeon specializing in breast health who spoke during brunch following the walk, there are $300,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in the United States every year.
Over the years, Walk for C.A.R.E. has generated well over $200,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation.
During the post-walk presentations, Cary representative Bill Flagg thanked the walkers and described how fortunate Cary is to have such a thorough and effective Auxiliary club, stating that the Auxiliary club remains the largest donor in the history of the hospital.