Curtis Creek residents hit the pavement to help fight cancer
Brightly lit luminaries, balloon bouquets, and a large group of residents took over the outside rotunda of Curtis Creek in Quincy, Illinois, on June 12, in celebration and remembrance of loved ones who have battled cancer. For the second year, the community hosted a Relay for Life Cancer Walk to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Residents began preparing for the Cancer Walk long before any feet hit the pavement. Nearly a month before the walk, the community began selling luminaries at $5 each to raise funds and awareness for the disease.
The luminaries were then decorated and used to light the path where residents walked and scooted around the community for the event. For many of the residents, participating in the Cancer Walk held a special personal significance.
“We have several people here [at Curtis Creek] who have had cancer and they’ve beat it,” said Missy Runser, enrichment coordinator for the senior living community. “For them to be able to come out and walk around this circle and be able to be happy that they’ve gotten through cancer is something special.”
Members of the Quincy community also participated in the event. Thanks to Curtis Creek’s organizational efforts and the generous donations of residents and community members alike, the second annual Relay for Life Cancer Walk raised nearly $400, with all proceeds going directly to the American Cancer Society.
The successful event ended with residents gathering to release bouquets of balloons in honor of loved ones. By putting one foot in front of the other, members of the Curtis Creek community took a collective step forward in the fight against cancer.
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