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Annual Mothers Day walk for breast cancer to take place

BY: Rikki Cason | May 03, 2013

Lockport will once again come together this Mother’s Day to honor, remember and celebrate those who have been touched with breast cancer.

The 17th annual Breast Cancer Canal Walk will be held May 12 at Widewaters Marina.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at the pavilion at Widewaters.

People wishing to walk can register that day and are encouraged to raise at least $25, which will include a t-shirt and goodie bag.

The walk will begin at 1 p.m. and is about two miles around the Market Street area.

People can also show up early and pre-walk the course, for those who can not stay for the walk to begin.

Mary Marvin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994, first started the Breast Cancer Canal Walk. She wanted to do a walk for Mother’s Day to educate and help others fight.

When she passed away in 1998, her sister Rebecca Florio took over the event, continuing it each year.

Florrio said this walk is always a good community event, bringing people together and the money raised stays local.

Proceeds from the walk will again go to Mary’s Room, located at the American Cancer Society in Amherst.

Their wig room was named after Marvin and provides wigs to anyone undergoing treatment.

Some of the money from the walk will also go to the Niagara Hospice House and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for research and education.

During the event UNITS will have their bus there accepting blood donations.

The Hot Country Liners dance team will also be performing for their 17th year.

Florrio said people can also get pink hair extensions put in at the event.

There will also be a basket raffle, with items including gift certificates, Palace season tickets, jewelry from Mill’s and a picnic bench and stools.

This year to make the auction go faster, Florrio said they will be drawing and calling the winners at the same time.

This year’s walk is in memory of Mary DeFlippo, a 40 year cancer survivor, who passed away last year at the age of 89.

The walk is also in honor of Cathy MacFarlane, a double cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with cancer 18 years ago, and again 14 years later.

For more information visit www.breastcancercanalwalk.org.

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