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'Light the Way' planned to raise money, awareness

| Saturday, July 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

“Light the Way,” a special walk through Connellsville, will be held the evening of July 28, beginning at Central Fellowship Church, with all proceeds divided between the National Foundation for Cancer Research and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“We would like to see as many people as possible participate, so we are really trying to get the word out,” event organizer Colleen Murphy said. “This is not a race. It's simply a walk of approximately five blocks through town to raise money and awareness for these organizations.”

Eighteen business sponsors already have been generous with donations in response to letters that were mailed and will be listed on the event T-shirt. Walkers do not have to raise money to walk but are welcome to if they can. Many participants are raising pledges; others will make a donation on their own when they register.

“We have had a good response from church members and the community who are planning to walk, so we may plan to do this every year,” said Murphy, whose brother Bobby Miller passed away from cancer a few years ago. “We also have several people in church who have been affected by cancer. I lost a good friend to leukemia.

“Many of those who are walking have had personal experience with cancer in their lives,” she continued. “We want to do our part to fight against cancer. We believe we can help with this fundraiser.”

There is no preregistration. Participants are asked to check in at 6:30 p.m. There will be refreshments and a bounce house donated by Hip Hop Hooray in the church parking lot.

“This is an easy, pleasant walk for a good cause. We hope the public will join us,” Murphy said.

Central Fellowship Church is located at 316 N. Arch St. Call 724-438-3567 (day) or 724-626-1213 for more information.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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