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Walk for Hope comes to fairgrounds Saturday

Halifax County Cancer Association will hold its ninth annual Walk for Hope on Saturday at the Halifax County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fundraising Coordinator Michelle Epps encourages the public to come out and support the local cancer association on a day featuring various activities for young and old alike.

Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Don Bryant presenting the invocation, followed by Halifax County High School JROTC presenting the flags and pledge and the National Anthem being sung by Cecil Hazelwood. 

Cancer survivors and patients will take the first lap scheduled at 10:30 a.m. followed by everyone else. 

“Some walk one lap and others more, it is up to the individual,” said Epps.

Musical and entertainment line-up for the day will begin with The Satterfields taking the stage at 11:15, We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy at 11:45, Cecil Hazelwood at 12:15, The Brown Brothers at 1, and Jarrett Messick closes the event at 1:30.  

Several scheduled activities for the children include face painting, temporary tattoos, inflatable bounce house, horse and wagon rides and other activities.

Plenty of good food will be available throughout the event. Crafters and vendors also will be on hand.

A message in a balloon can be purchased for $1 in memory or honor of someone, and the balloon release is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Also on tap for this year’s event will be a dunking booth featuring local Delegate James Edmunds from 11 to 11:30, Tracy Quackenbush Martin, candidate for Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney, from 11:30 to noon and Mike Freshour, Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney will be in from noon to 12:30.  

 Epps urges the public to support the local cancer association that serves the area in which they live.

“We are always here for our community and anyone diagnosed with this dreadful disease,” added Epps. “All money raised stays in Halifax County to assist our local cancer patients with gas vouchers to travel to treatment and doctors’ visits, medications, cancer related supplies, wigs, turbans, prosthesis, medical bills and much more.

 “We really appreciate the communities support in the past, and we depend on your financial contributions to continue to help our local cancer patients alleviate some of their financial burden while battling cancer,” Epps said. 

“Come out, bring your lawn chairs, enjoy a fun-filled time and support cancer patients of Halifax County,” Epps said.