UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute will host its seventh annual Wilmot Warrior Walk on Sept. 8 at the Highland Park Bowl in Rochester.
Registration is open for the annual event that features a certified 5K, certified 10K and a 1-mile walk, as well as a post-race celebration.
Proceeds support cancer research and the Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program at Wilmot Cancer Institute. This event is meant to unite those touched by cancer.
“Cancer doesn’t just impact the person diagnosed,” said Jonathan W. Friedberg, director of Wilmot Cancer Institute. “It impacts entire families and communities. By coming together, we can have a more meaningful impact on local cancer research for those facing cancer in the future. Our researchers want to find better ways to treat cancer, but we can’t do it without our community’s support. I invite everyone to come out and join us for what’s always been a moving day.”
Since the event began in 2013, it’s raised more than $575,000; and this year, the goal is to raise more than $200,000. In addition to supporting research at Wilmot, funds raised also benefit Wilmot’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program. The program has provided about 4,500 survivorship visits since 2013. These appointments help educate and guide cancer patients who have completed active cancer treatment.
“Cancer changes a person’s life forever, and our program helps survivors and families live fully and with the best quality of life that they can achieve despite their cancer diagnosis,” said Louis “Sandy” Constine, director of the Survivorship program. “Support from the community at events like the Wilmot Warrior Walk help make programs like this one possible. We are so grateful for that support, and its impact is far-reaching.”
Beyond fundraising and races, the event will feature food trucks and bounce houses. Jennifer Johnson, from 13WHAM, will serve as master of ceremonies. Teams are encouraged to rally around cancer patients or survivors they know, wearing festive team shirts or even costumes.
“To me, the Warrior Walk is about inspiring all cancer patients to live a better life while fighting cancer,” said Lou Desfosses, a pancreatic cancer survivor and Wilmot Warrior Walk volunteer. “Even when you have cancer, you can still live life to the fullest, and that’s what I aim to do. My motto is run to live, live to run, and I feel fortunate I’m able to continue running while living with cancer myself.”
The Wilmot Warrior Walk sponsors include Morgan Stanley-The Pelican Bay Group, Wegmans, The Summit Federal Credit Union, BME, Cobblestone Capital, Crazy Dog, The Kokanovich Family and Texas de Brazil. Sponsorships opportunities are available. Contact the Wilmot Advancement team at (585) 276-4717 or wci@rochester.edu to learn more.
Registration for the Wilmot Warrior Walk costs $30 per person if register online; the cost is $40 per person the day of the event. Participants can register online through Sept. 6; at Medved Running & Walking Outfitters, 3400 Monroe Ave., Rochester, on Sept. 7; or the day of the event.
To learn more or register, visit WarriorWalk.URMC.edu.