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Fourth annual HopeWalks to benefit the Vernon Cancer Center

Posted by boston.com  July 22, 2013 03:48 PM

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Bodies By Melody Team at HopeWalks 2012

The fourth annual HopeWalks event, a 3.5 mile neighborhood walk held by the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation, will occur on September 29.

The proceeds generated by the walk will benefit the Integrative Support Services at the Vernon Cancer Center, according to a press release. Newton-Wellesley Hospital aims to make these services, which enhance healing and comfort throughout cancer treatment, available to all patients regardless of their ability to pay.

“HopeWalks is such a wonderful community event, and we look forward to coming together once again to benefit the Vernon Cancer Center,” said Joan Archer, president, Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation. “To see so many people walking in honor of friends and family who have fought or are fighting cancer is extremely powerful. Supporting HopeWalks by walking or donating really does give hope to all our cancer patients and their families.”

Registration for the walk is open at www.nwh.org/hopewalks. There is $25 fee per walked for online registration, while those who register by paper or on the day of the event will pay $35. Children aged 10 and under walk for free.

The services offered by the Vernon Cancer Center include a patient navigator to provide support, genetic testing to identify family history of cancer and access to clinical trials conducted in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Partners Cancer Care. The center also offers nutritional support, psychological, social and therapeutic services and uniquely tailored pain management.

HopeWalks begins and ends at the hospital, with check-in starting at 9 a.m. Opening ceremonies, officiated by Honorary Master of Ceremonies Sue Brady of MIX 104.1, will be held at 9:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.

Though there is no required minimum donation, it is recommended that participants each raise $100. Those who raise more than $500 get the title “super” walker, while those who break the $1,000 mark are “power” walkers.

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