- Last Updated on 07:41 AM 09/10/12
- BY Danielle Vaughn
Over 800 people came out to the fairgrounds Saturday to support the Halifax County Cancer Association’s efforts to help those battling cancer in the community.
Included in the crowd were survivors, family members and patients all gathered together for one common purpose, hope.
According to Halifax County Cancer Association Fundraising Coordinator Michelle Epps, the 8th Annual Walk for Hope was a total success bringing in an estimated $35,000. Epps said the official final amount is yet to be determined.
Following an early morning 5K race, the JROTC kicked off the festivities leading the crowd in opening ceremonies.
Walkers made their laps around the fairgrounds, while others enjoyed the festivities.
The crowd heard live performances from the Satterfields, the Brown Brothers, Damascus Road, Jarrett Messick and Lauren Gregory.
Southside Virginia Horse Council also offered horse back and carriage rides throughout the day.
Vendors provided a host of delectable treats including hamburgers, hotdogs, bologna burgers, French fries, deep fried Oreos, baked goods, snow cones, popcorn, pizza, fish and chicken sandwiches and fried pies.
At 3:15 the participants gathered to release balloons in honor of cancer patients and in memory of those lost to cancer.
Epps thanked the community, vendors, musicians, speakers and sponsors for their help with this event.
“If it weren’t for the wonderful community, we wouldn’t be able to support the cancer patients in the county,” Epps said.
Epps also gave special thanks to the volunteers and the Halifax County JROTC for leading opening ceremonies.
“It took many volunteers to make Saturday successful,” Epps said.
Sharon Blosser, director of patient services with the Halifax County Cancer Association, said she too was thankful for all the support shown Saturday.
“I appreciate the support from everybody and look forward to another year of supporting cancer patients in this community,” Blosser said.