Walking for a purpose

12 years ago

The gloomy overcast sky may have seemed impending, but the rain held off, as the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk was held on Saturday.
“Our goal was to hit 200-plus walkers and raise $10,000,” said Kim Folsom, co-organizer of the event.
“We also achieved our goal of $10,000,” added Folsom.
Last year, the walk drew more than 165 participants. Overall, the walk has generated more than $34,000 in the last seven years for breast cancer initiatives.
Along with the walk, a quilt and Bosom Buddy Bag raffles were held in Market Square in conjunction with the Harvest Festival and the last Farmer’s Market.
Daigle Oil Company’s truck painted white and pink with the breast cancer awareness ribbon was the background for a photograph of a human Breast Cancer ribbon set up on the recreational tennis courts. Lori Prosser of Jewels of Maine Photography was raised high in Carleton Wallace’s bucket truck to get a unique view.
In addition to raising money for research, proceeds from the walk have also been used by local individuals suffering from cancer. Scholarships have also been given to high school students with some of the funds raised.
“We see that families we have assisted in past years now come out and support our cause because they realize the importance of having people out there that care about them during their time of need,” said Folsom.