Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will have a new, more user-friendly course for participants in the second annual Cancer Walk on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 9 a.m., at 1000 Rush Drive in Salida. 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 was well-received, with 201 walkers helping raise $9,500 in funds for the hospital’s oncology patient fund.

Scores of walkers took part in the inaugural 2018 Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Cancer Walk to benefit local oncology patients.

All proceeds—including donations, registration fees and fundraising — will benefit local oncology patients, being used for such things as wigs, gas cards for who may have to travel elsewhere for treatment, lymphedema sleeves, or equipment to best care for patients.

A significant change this year will be the walk route, a feature of the new Patient Pavilion; a 1.5 -mile exercise trail around the hospital campus.

Emily Haynes, marketing and public relations specialist, says it  is easier to walk than last year’s uphill route on Mesa Lane, down Crestone Avenue and down a trail to Franz Lake and back. “There’s no uphill. It’s more user-friendly,” said Haynes.

Participants won’t need to walk alone. WAlk organizers say that participants can have dogs on leashes, strollers are okay, and there will be course marshals to aid those taking part, or who want to walk the course multiple times.

“We will do a short presentation in the Healing Garden prior to sending walkers on their way,” Haynes said.

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

Asked what to expect for a turnout this year, Haynes said she’d “really like to see about 250 participants” and hopes the walk can raise more than $10,000 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 its start.

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

For more information, visit www.hrrmc.com.