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Ninth annual Walk for Home brings in more than $80,000

More than 500 people supported the Halifax County Cancer Association’s efforts to help those battling cancer in the community by coming out to the fairgrounds Saturday for the four-hour celebration. 

Included in the crowd were survivors, family members and those experiencing the disease who gathered for one common purpose, hope. 

According to Halifax County Cancer Association Director Sharon Blosser, the ninth annual Walk for Hope was a total success bringing in $80,076.34 by the end of the event Saturday with more still coming in. The amount includes the $11,000 raised by ABB employees with the ABB Foundation matching up to $10,000.

Blosser said the official final amount is yet to be determined.

Walkers made their laps around the fairgrounds, while others enjoyed the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. festivities.

The crowd heard live performances from area entertainers including Linda and Mark Satterfield, Cecil Hazelwood, the Brown Brothers and Jarrett Messick.

Southside Virginia Horse Council also offered horse back and carriage rides toward the end of event. 

 Linda Dixon, a three-time cancer survivor, and Missy Henderson, whose husband, Steve, died of lung cancer, spoke of their experiences with cancer during the event.

Vendors provided a host of tasty treats including hamburgers, hotdogs, bologna burgers, French fries, baked goods, snow cones, popcorn, fish, chicken legs, chicken sandwiches and fried pies.

At 2 p.m. participants gathered to release balloons in honor of cancer patients and in memory of those who have lost their battle.

Sharon Blosser, director of patient services with the Halifax County Cancer Association, said she was thankful for all the support shown Saturday.

“It was a great day. So many people were involved and helped. We appreciate it in so many ways,” Blosser said.

 With the number of cancer patients and expenses rising, she said she hopes the association will be able to raise even more next year on the 10th anniversary of the Walk For Hope.