Middlebury cancer event growing

Annual event in support of cancer research is in its ninth year in Middlebury.

Posted on Sept. 19, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 19, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Walks for a Cure event has outgrown its home of eight years, moving to a larger venue across the street.

The ninth year for the breast cancer walk will be Saturday, Oct. 5, at Orchard View Elementary School. Earlier events were at the Essenhaus Conference Center across Wayne Street. The event’s time has also changed from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning.

“We have more room for vendor displays and for participants,” said walk organizer Nean Smith.

Smith began the walk after her own struggle with breast cancer as a way to help other women in Elkhart County. All proceeds from the event are given to United Cancer Services of Elkhart County and The Retreat Women’s Health Center at Indiana University Health Goshen.

Registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 9 a.m.

Michelle Grewe of Middlebury is the keynote speaker. Her son, Sam, was diagnosed in December 2011 with osteosarcoma. In April 2012, he went through a rotationplasty amputation. He finished chemotherapy February 2013. Sam, 15 and a freshman at Northridge High School, shows no evidence of disease.

“I am going to talk about the Middlebury community, what we can do to fight cancer and a cure, which is what we all hope for,” said Michelle. “I also want to thank the community for all of the support they’ve given our family. It was above and beyond anything we expected.”

At 10 a.m. the 5K walk/run the 1-mile fun walk will start. Breast cancer survivors will be honored by leading the 5K walk. All runners will use timing chips. Participants are asked not to bring pets.

Participants are invited to dress in their most creative pink outfit for a chance to win a prize.

After the 5K, free refreshments, recognitios, the Pretty in Pink winner announcement, vendor exhibits and raffles will be held at the school.

Those who are pre-registered will receive a goodie bag and T-shirt. Entry fees are $25 if registered by Sept. 23. After that, entry fees are $30. Registration for children younger than 12 is $10 no matter when they sign up.

Individuals and teams may register by going to www.elkhartcancer.org. For more information or to donate call United Cancer Services at 875-5158.

If You Go

What: Middlebury Walks for a Cure

When: Saturday, Oct. 5

Where: Orchard View Elementary School, 56734 Northridge Drive, Middlebury

Activities: Registration and check-in at 8 a.m.; keynote speaker Michelle Grewe at 9 a.m.; 5K walk/run and 1-mile fun walk at 10 a.m.; after the walk/run, refreshments, vendor displays, raffles, Pretty in Pink winner and other recognition

Registration: By Sept. 23 entry fee is $25; after Sept. 23, $30; children younger than 12, $10

Entry forms and more information: www.elkhartcancer.org or call United Cancer Services at 875-5158

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