Almost 1,200 participants helped to kick off the holiday weekend with generous enthusiasm by walking or running in support of local “Cancer Awareness and Treatment” at the 10th annual C.A.T. Walk & Fun Run on July 3 in Hillsboro.
The Tuality Healthcare Foundation event set a new record for participation this year, as young and old alike took to the streets and helped the event raise about $45,000.
Funds raised this year go toward the Foundation’s current campaign to bring digital mammography to Tuality Healthcare and the community. Since the first C.A.T. Walk in 2001, the event has raised nearly $500,000 to support a variety of cancer-related causes.
As is tradition, this year’s event paid special tribute to cancer survivors. These individuals wore blue “survivor” T-shirts during the event. Prior, they gathered on the steps of the Hillsboro Civic Center, along with Ron Wyden, Oregon U.S. senator, for a group photo.
Sen. Wyden also helped to kick off the 5K walk and fun run and joined with the participants as they wound through the streets of downtown Hillsboro, following the same route as the Hillsboro Rotary Fourth of July Parade.
Rebecca Mishler of Hillsboro made C.A.T. Walk history this year as the first woman ever to take first place in the 5K fun run, finishing in exactly 18 minutes. The second place finisher for women was Jaime Linnerooth of Portland with a final time of 19:38. The first place finisher for the men was Keith Foster of Portland with a time of 18:16, followed by Kevin Cowley of Hillsboro who came in at 18:39.
C.A.T. Walk participants are continuing to turn in pledge money. The individual who submits the most money by the July 26 deadline will win a $500 gift certificate good for purchases at six bikenhike locations in Oregon. The second-highest fundraiser will win 30 movie passes to the Cornelius 9 Cinema, while the third highest will receive 20 movie passes.
Prior to the C.A.T. Walk “main event” that morning, parents and children enjoyed a number of activities. About 30 children raced for fun and prize ribbons in the one-block Kids’ Dash. Children also enjoyed face painting, balloon animals and much more at the Kids’ Zone. And people of all ages took in the valuable health and wellness information at the Cancer Awareness Health Fair sponsored by Genentech.
“Each year, this community offers stirring, enthusiastic support for the C.A.T. Walk and the important causes it helps to fund,” said Cece Clitheroe, director, Tuality Healthcare Foundation. “For our 10th anniversary, I am so pleased to say this support continues to grow. On behalf of our Foundation and all of our friends and neighbors who benefit from this event, I want to express our deepest gratitude to our participants, supporters and sponsors.”
Special acknowledgement goes to all of the C.A.T. Walk sponsors, including Genentech, The Hillsboro Argus, Hillsboro Hematology & Oncology PC, Metro West Ambulance, Community Newspapers, KUIK Radio, Pacific University and West Coast Bank.
To see photos from the C.A.T. Walk, go to www.catwalkfunrun.org.