Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wheatlake Walk/Fun Run to Raise Donations for Local Cancer Resource Center

Ferris State University faculty, staff and students and community members are invited to participate in the 4th annual Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Walk/Fun Run Saturday, May 22.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Comstock House B & B, 414 Maple St. A registration fee of $15 includes a walk at your own pace and distance or SPW’s first “fun run” on Big Rapids’ scenic Riverwalk. The runners will take off at 9:45 a.m. and the walkers will get underway a few minutes later. Participants of all ages and gender are encouraged to participate.

Goody bags and T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registrants. There will also be refreshments, door prizes, raffles, silent auction and presentation by Dr. Ralph Crew, who practices ophthalmology in Big Rapids.

All proceeds from the walk/fun run will support the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Center in its efforts to provide comprehensive assistance to those seeking cancer and wellness information and support. The center is located in the Mecosta County Medical Center’s Professional Office Building, 705 Oak Street.

Call (231) 592-4327 for more information or visit the Web link near the bottom on this page.
The Web link will offer you the opportunity to download the walk/fun registration form, map and parking information, schedule of events and sponsorship details.

Find out more information about Susan's inspiring story, here.

Here is a portion of her Susan's story:
Throughout my cancer journey, I found that I wasn’t alone. I realized that information in making decisions about cancer treatment is critical. Our experience with a cancer diagnosis prompted my husband and me, along with the encouragement and support of Mecosta County Medical Center and its Foundation, to initiate the Susan P. Wheatlake Women’s Cancer and Wellness Fund.

The Wheatlake Fund supports the volunteer-staffed Center which offers information on different cancers as well as computer access for on-line research. Books can be checked out by anyone who is interested in learning more about cancer. Other services, such as the Wellness Boutique and activities, such as our annual Wellness Walk, sponsored by the Center provide cancer patients and their families with emotional, medical, physical and financial support. All resources and services of the Wheatlake Center are free.

The Wheatlake Fund is championed by a volunteer advisory board representing all segments of our region. To establish and maintain this key cancer and wellness resource, all efforts will be focused to reach the Center-sustaining goal of $2 million.

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