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Walk for Hope features first ever Race for a Cure 5K

Get ready to put on those walking/running shoes and head down to the fairgrounds to raise money for those battling cancer in the area.

The Halifax County Cancer Association will hold its annual Walk for Hope on Saturday at the Halifax County Fairgrounds.

The day will get started with the first ever Halifax County Cancer Association Race for a Cure 5K that will begin and end at the fairgrounds. Registration forms are available at the Halifax County Cancer Association office located at 60 S. Main St., Halifax or by contacting Michelle Epps at 470-3283 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration also will be available up until 7:30 the morning of the event. Runners meeting will be at 8 a.m., and the run begins at 8:30 a.m. The first 50 to register will get a free 5K T-shirt. 

“We are really excited about the 5k this year and are hoping to make it an annual event,” Michelle Epps, HCCA fundraising coordinator, said.

Registration for the 8th Annual Walk for Hope begins at 9 a.m. that morning with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m., and cancer survivors are scheduled to walk the first lap at 10:30 a.m. 

A message in a balloon or paper shoes in memory or honor of someone can be purchased for $1 each the day of the event. Raffle tickets also will be available for $2 each with three great prizes with the drawing to be held during the event (winners need not be present).

“Cancer is a dreaded disease that affects many, many people in this county,” said Halifax County Cancer Association Director of Patient Services Sharon Blosser. 

All funds raised stay in this community to support cancer patients through gas vouchers for travel to and from doctor visits and additional help with medications just to name a few.

Walkers have the opportunity of walking on behalf of a cancer patient and requesting one half of the money they raise to be earmarked for that patient on their envelopes they turn in at registration. The patient would submit cancer-related expenses for payment.

The first 200 walkers with $100 or more in pledges will get a free event T-shirt! This year’s shirt was designed by Halifax County Cancer Association’s  Vice President Calvin Williams.

Other events for the children include an inflatable, face painting, temporary tattoos and horse wagon rides. A wristband can be purchase for $5 and will include all activities. Lots of vendors will have either their wares on display for sale, or informational tents will be set up on a variety of subjects.

A cruise-in sponsored by the Good Times Cruizers of SCVA will be at the fairgrounds Saturday along with some Tinkers Club cars on display.

Food vendors will sell hot dogs, hamburgers, bologna burgers, BBQ, chicken and fish sandwiches, pizza, French fries, homemade fried pies and pastries, sno-cones, popcorn, deep fried Oreos, baked goods and more.

Musical entertainment also will be provided throughout the day by The Satterfields, the Brown Brothers, Damascus Road, Jarett Messick and Lauren Gregory.  

According to Michelle Epps, “This is a family fun-oriented event with activities for all ages, and we are inviting the public to bring your lawn chairs and appetites and enjoy the HCCA’s 8th Annual Walk for Hope.”

“We want everyone to come out and have a good time for a good cause,” Association President Julie Dunavant said. “A step you take today, a loved one may need tomorrow.”