We crossed the finish line of our 10th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day here at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. May 19 proved to be a wonderful (and very sunny) day for our cancer community. Both new and familiar faces gathered together to raise money, awareness and friends to support our mission.
Nearly 600 people rallied in support of people with cancer and to celebrate life. The energetic crowd included many friends of our organization such as clients, neighbors, sponsors, board members, staff, and dedicated volunteers. It was especially touching to see clients of Cancer Services with their entourage walking side by side.
Before the Lapper, everyone assembled to hear the inspiring words of Lapper founder, Jill Burnett. It was a special moment as we recognized the 10th anniversary of this growing event. With those words at heart, the vast crowd took its first steps and formed an impressive sight as we marched through Brotherhood Place Office Park. Following the Lapper, people gathered at the party tent for Survivors Day and facility tours. Guests cooled off with frozen treats from Edy’s and refueled with food from Chick-fil-A and Jamison. Music, chair massages, bounce houses, face painting, cheerful clowns, balloon animals, and more all rounded out the festivities. What a party!
We’re proud to have raised over $65,500 which directly benefits cancer patients in Northeast Indiana. Donations will impact your neighbors, your family and your community. Proceeds from the event will benefit programs supporting individuals in our community who are affected by cancer. Each year Cancer Services helps over 2,300 individuals and their families by providing financial assistance, medical supplies and equipment, and emotional support.
Stretching our limits during the Lapper walk and celebrating life at Survivors Day are positive ways to support people on the cancer journey and honor the lives of loved ones. We’re grateful to all who were part of this experience and hope to walk alongside you again next year. Here’s to a healthful and healing year ahead. Let’s start training for 2013!