BARNESVILLE - Residents in and around the Barnesville area are gearing up for the 13th Annual 3C's Cancer Walk to support those fighting this ever-growing problem in our society. For over a decade, participants take part to support those individuals battling this disease and to raise money to help making the tough process easier in any way possible.
This year, Anita Rogers of Barnesville has been preparing for the Cancer Walk which will be held the first Saturday in May, which falls on the 4th this year. Founder Joe Mott created the event, which has become a yearly staple of the area, and also one to be commended for such selfless acts. The event will be at the Barnesville Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.
Each year, the walk is dedicated to the memory of one of those fallen from cancer. Last year, Rogers' husband Eugene was the honoree after losing his bout. This year, the race will be dedicated to the Rogers' family friend Diana Wehr, who passed away last May.
Many business and entities from around the area are also joining in to make this a very special event. Over 100 business have already pledged sponsorships for the race. Barnesville Middle School will again be sending students to do face paintings, which surpassed the $4,000 mark last year just themselves.
"This is kind of a community thing. We get a lot of people from the Belmont County area with many organizations. Their goal is to help those going through this tough time in any way possible. Money raised can go to help pay for many expenses linked to treatment and the possible inability to work while being treated." Rogers explained.
"It's kind of a small thing, but for our community it certainly is not. We are not a huge group, but we are a group that can do a lot of things with a small amount of hands," Rogers continued.
Currently Rogers says there are over 80 pre-registrations for participants in the walk and will continue to be accepted up until April 20. The cost to pre-register is $10, with an increase to $12 on the day of the walk. This includes a T-shirt in the registration fee as well.
Those wishing to sign up or that may have any questions are urged to contact Rogers by phoning 740-425-3670. Registration forms can be submitted to 509 South Chestnut Street, Barnesville, Ohio, 43713, or dropped off at Blossom's located at 165 East Main Street, in Barnesville.