A warm Fourth of July morning helped to generate a sizzling success as nearly 1,000 participants came together to support local “Cancer Awareness and Treatment” at the C.A.T. Walk & Fun Run presented by West Coast Bank and ATRIO Health Plans.
The ninth annual event, which kicked off at the Hillsboro Civic Center, included 985 walkers, runners, cancer survivors and “catnappers” (those who raised funds for the event but “slept in” on the day of the walk). The total bested last year’s record participation by about 100.
So far, the tally shows the event raised in excess of $65,000, well above the fundraising goal, and pledge money will continue to be counted until July 27. The top fundraising individual will win round-trip tickets for two persons to anywhere Southwest Airlines flies.
This year’s event proceeds go to the Tuality Healthcare Foundation’s campaign to bring digital mammography to Tuality to benefit the local community.
“It is so inspiring to see the amount of donations collected by our community friends and neighbors who just want to make a difference,” said Cece Clitheroe, director, Tuality Healthcare Foundation and External Affairs. “The wonderful people from ATRIO Health Plans and West Coast Bank, our co-presenting sponsors, also were instrumental in helping us raise these important funds.”
Families enjoyed a number of activities prior to the C.A.T. Walk that morning. Fifty-five children took off for a fun one-block race in the special Kids’ Dash event. Hillsboro Pediatric Clinic, LLP, and MetLife sponsored the Kids’ Zone, where clowns “Cha Cha” and “Bizzy” delighted the children with face painting and balloon hats. A DJ kept the tunes playing while young golfers tested their skills on the small “putt putt” course.
The crowds enjoyed yogurt and walnut salads donated by McDonald’s, and cooled off with bottled water contributed by Hank’s Thriftway and Costco. The Cancer Awareness Health Fair, sponsored by Genentech, featured valuable health information from 13 vendors and other event sponsors.
“We are so very grateful to all of our walkers, runners, sponsors and everyone else who stepped up on a hot Fourth of July and gave a warm embrace to those in our community affected by cancer,” said Clitheroe.
Runners in the 5K “main event” posted some impressive times (all individuals are from Hillsboro unless otherwise noted). The top finishers for men included Aaron Rogers, who completed the course in 15 minutes and 54 seconds; Taylor Morgan, who came in at 17:17, and Billy Strick at 17:51. The top women finishers included Rebecca Mishler with a time of 18:15, Jessica Lundin at 20:29, and Laura Matzke (Forest Grove) at 21:15.
To see photos from the C.A.T. Walk and to learn about other fundraising activities of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation, go to www.catwalkfunrun.org.