Cancer has a way of bringing people together even when nobody’s sick
When Cancer Care Connection kicked-off our awareness and fundraising campaign Walk Away From Cancer last September, we encouraged participants to form teams.
“Anybody can be on a team, even a virtual one,” we said, assuming to ourselves that with the campaign focused on the University of Delaware campus, teams would likely consist of college friends getting together maybe after class, over lunch or just walking from class to class.
The Holy Walkamolies extended a little further. Yes, Abi Fenimore, a UD student actually established the team. She was joined by Kenny Paszek, a Temple University student who she’s actually known since high school, and Tom Marshall from North Wilmington, with whom neither of them had any connection.
But of course they did have a connection: a desire to support people affected by cancer and a network of friends and family who would in turn support them. The result? The Holy Walkamolies met their goal of raising $1,000 and then surpassed it by reaching $1,205 in support of Cancer Care Connection. In so doing, they were the number one fundraising team.
“I participated in Walk Away From Cancer because Cancer Care Connection provides information and support when people are in need and to me, support is the most important antidote to cancer,” says Abi.
Each team member agreed that fundraising turned out to be pretty easy, thanks to emails and Facebook. “My family is very supportive of everything I do and also passionate about helping others,” Abi says. “All I had to do was send out e-mails and tell them what they could do.”
Tom, who walked in honor of his late wife who died from cancer, posted Walk Away From Cancer and his participation on his Facebook page “and the sponsorships just came pouring in,” he says.
Kenny walked in honor of his grandmother who died from lung cancer ten years ago. “I was close to my grandmother and losing her when I was so young was extremely difficult. I take part in events like this to help others in a similar situation,” Kenny says.
Abi and Kenny say the walking was easy, just pull on their pedometer, walk as usual and maybe add some steps with a run or by taking the long way from one class to the next.
Working a desk job during the day and serving as the stage director for plays at Concord High School made walking more challenging for Tom. “Walk Away From Cancer got me started walking more, it was that extra motivation that we sometimes need.”
The Holy Walkamolies were very much a virtual team. Tom never actually met Abi and Kenny until they received their prizes (in the picture). Yet Abi offered email tips to Tom for ways he could build on his step total.
So how did they come up with that name… Holy Walkamolies?
Abi hesitates to admit but she tried a tool that we all use increasingly these days… she did on Google search on ‘funny team names.’
OK, we won’t let the copyright lawyers know.
Walk Away From Cancer will be back this Fall. Save the dates - September 30th through October 4th!