CANTON - Under a sunny sky, roughly 345 people walked and ran the streets of Canton on Sunday to help support St. Lawrence County families dealing with cancer.
The 35th annual Edward I. Moses Walk/Run for Life raised more than $75,000, all of which will stay in the county to cover expenses related to cancer including travel expenses and other costs.
Since starting in 1979, the event has raised more than $1.3 million.
This years walk/run was part of the Healthy Living Festival at St. Lawrence Universitys Appleton Arena. The event featured radio stations 95.3-The Wolf, ESPN 1400 and 92.7-WQTK.
Seventeen participants raised over $1,000 each.
Warren A. Dyke, a volunteer who founded the event, said it has remained successful because cancer touches so many lives.
A strong committee of volunteers continues to make the effort to keep local the dollars raised, to really help those who encounter the disease, Mr. Dyke said in an email. We do not export the money raised, we help people locally and that makes us feel really good about our mission.
The fundraiser helps provide those encountering cancer with resources, cancer education and detection options.
Samantha Curtis of Canton led the group with $4,268 in pledges. She was awarded the Douglas C. Hartson Award and Roscoe Stowell Jr. Award for raising the most by a student.
A total of 44 teams walked in memory of or in dedication to friends or family battling cancer with the following teams raising over $1,500: Team Eric (Murdie), Shines Girls (Sabad), Team Terri (Curtis), Walking for Walt (Zeller), Team Mark Whyte, Team Perry, The 30 Milers, Edwards-Knox Central Team, and Ryans Team (Saidel).
*Braden Garrow -Duane Garrow Memorial Award for most money raised by a participant 12 or under.
*Edwards Knox Central - Ryan Saidel Award for most money raised by a school group.
*Team Eric - Richard E. Winter Award, presented to top fundraising group. Team raised $19,276 to bring team total to more than $60,000 in its years of participation.
*Norwood-Norfolk Central - Bonnie Hayden Award, second most by school group.
*Melissa Deso - Terri Curtis Memorial Award for reaching more than $10,000 in her years of participation.
*Kinney Store # 10 - Nort Taylor Award, top Kinney Drugs Store
*Sylvia Bell - Shirley Kirk Memorial Award.
*Names listed on the Silver-Elite plaque for raising more than $1,000 - Miss Curtis, Melissa Deso, Mr. Dyke, Beverly Sabad, Jean Hayes, Nicole Murdie, Cindy Murdie, Tammy Campbell, Jill Mouthorp, Elaine Perry, Reggie Murdie, Braden Garrow, Nancy Garrand, Brent Deso, Sylvia Bell and Bonnie Ashley.