On Saturday, March 6, the year’s first Saturday with a hint of spring, a spirited group of walkers gathered for a 2-mile nature walk at Boulevard Flower Gardens in Walthall, according to information from Vickie Lojek. The walkers were mostly strangers to each other, but they were united in the same mission: To raise money for cancer research.
Event organizers Joan Fallon, of Prince George, and Lojek, of Chester, decided to do something in the fight against cancer. Fran and Mark Landa of Boulevard Garden Center on Ruffin Mill Road offered their business location as a site for the walk and the event before the 2-mile march.
Dr. Laura Pratt, a Chester resident and medical dermatologist with Dermatology Associates of Virginia, gave a brief overview on skin cancer, Lojek’s press release says. Pratt encouraged everyone to do skin self-examination and seek medical attention for any new or changing moles or non-healing lesions. If skin cancer, including melanoma, is diagnosed and treated early, the outcome is often excellent.
Ginna Lambert, a VCU student, and Miranda Lojek, a JMU student, offered their skills as face painters, the release says. Fresh-popped popcorn was provided by the Village Bank of Chester and Joe Lojek manned the popcorn stand. Registration was coordinated by Annette Jackson.
The walkers were financially supported by family, co-workers and employers. The group raised over $1,400 with more money still coming in, the release says.
Anyone wishing to donate can make checks payable to the American Cancer Society and mail the funds to Cancer Walk, P.O. Box 4014 in Chester, VA 23831. All funds will be forwarded to the American Cancer Society.