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Sept. 14, the day set for the 2019 Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Walk, is getting closer. HRRMC employees gathered this week with employees of High Country Bank, the presenting sponsor of the 2019 HRRMC Cancer Walk, to reveal the specially-designed t-shirt for the event.

Employees of HRRMC and  High Country Bank, the presenting sponsor of the 2019 HRRMC Cancer Walk, gather for the reveal of the event t-shirt. Front row (L to R): Jirka Myers, Alex Kainz, Lissy Algere, Mercedes Eyman, Kaylin Culp, Lindsay Pedrie, Jodi Baldwin and Priscilla Steinmetz. Back Row (L to R): April Obholz Bergeler, Danielle Webster, Haley Elzinga, Emily Haynes, Christen Smith, Terry McCorkindale and Rich Mancuso. (Courtesy photo)

The Walk is set to begin at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14 on the hospital campus, 1000 Rush Dr., Salida. The event is shifting to a new, more user-friendly course for Cancer Walk participants.

The funds raised by the Walk will be deposited in the HRRMC Oncology Fund, which is administered by the HRRMC Foundation.

Last year’s event featured 201 walkers, who helped raise $9,500 in funds for the hospital’s oncology patient fund.

All proceeds will remain locally and benefit local oncology patients. This included donations, registration fees and fundraising. The money will be used for such things as wigs, gasoline cards for who may have to travel elsewhere for treatment, lymphedema sleeves, or equipment to best care for patients.

Emily Haynes, marketing and public relations specialist, says the hospital’s new Patient Pavilion features a 1.5-mile exercise trail around the hospital campus that is easier to walk than last year’s route uphill route. “There’s no uphill, it’s more user-friendly,” she said. “We will do a short presentation in the Healing Garden before sending walkers on their way.”

Participants will be allowed to bring dogs on leashes, and strollers are approved. There will be course marshals to aid those taking part, or who want to walk the course multiple times.

The entry fee remains $35 and includes the  Cancer Walk t-shirt. Cancer survivors do not need to pay the entry fee.

Haynes said she’d “really like to see about 250 participants” and more than $10,000 raised for the local cancer patient fund.

Online registration will close Sept. 12, but those wishing to participate can also register at the hospital the day of the event before it starts.

Sponsors thus far include the 2019 Presenting Sponsor — High Country Bank with 40 participants registered representing the bank, Hard Rock Paving, Anderson Law group, Heart of the Rockies Radiology, Y&K Excavation and Chaffee County Public Health.

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