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Tim's Walk illuminates Twin Lakes

| Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Attorney Tim McCormick

Family and friends of Tim McCormick will gather together next month in memory of the late Greensburg attorney.

Tim's Walk: Lighting the Night for Patients will be held 7 p.m. April 19 at the lower lake at Twin Lakes Park and will raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Western Pennsylvania chapter. Walkers should bring their flashlights.

McCormick, 59, died June 17, 2012, in Charleston, S.C., after a two-year battle with leukemia. He and his wife, Linda, had moved from Greensburg to Pawleys Island, S.C.

Greensburg attorney Michael Stewart, a longtime friend, recommended the fundraiser benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma chapter, group spokesman Christopher Omiros said.

“I wanted to have something in Tim's memory,” Stewart said. “Tim was a really good friend. We all miss Tim and wanted to keep his spirit and his memory in the forefront.”

About 20 workers from Greensburg government will be among those striding down the approximately 2-mile course, according to city administrator Sue Trout. McCormick, who had an office on North Main Street, worked as city solicitor for nearly 20 years.

“I think it's a great tribute to Tim, and obviously it's for a good cause,” Trout said. “We are honored to walk on Tim's behalf.”

Participants are advised to register ahead of time, but can still do so the day of the walk, Omiros said.

Dog owners are invited to bring their pets along, Stewart said.

“Tim had an affection for dogs that was unbelievable,” said Stewart, a friend for 30 years.

Walkers should bring their dogs only if they are friendly, Omiros said. Participants should pre-register their pets, keep them on a leash and bring a potty bag, he added.

Stewart's wife, Karen, is among the organizers of the walk. “She always thought Tim was probably one of the most interesting guys you could find,” her husband said. “He had so many interests.”

Tim's Walk is based on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's national campaign, Light the Night, Omiros said. Organizers kicked off the fundraiser last month at Caffe Barista in Greensburg.

Walk participants will receive one of three colored balloons:

• A cancer survivor will carry a white balloon with a twinkle light.

• A person walking in memory of someone who died from cancer will walk with a gold balloon.

• Other walkers will carry a red balloon.

A pre-celebration event will start at 5 p.m.

McCormick worked in the Westmoreland County Public Defender's Office and was in private practice with Stewart for 21 years.

In 2002, McCormick formed his solo firm. He began working as Greensburg solicitor in 1992.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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