OGDENSBURG — The second St. Lawrence County Colors of Cancer Walk drew about 75 people to the Dobisky Visitors Center Saturday to celebrate, remember and fight for victims of cancer.
The Colors of Cancer Walk grew out of the long-running American Cancer Society fundraiser Relay For Life.
The Ogdensburg organizing committee switched from the Relay For Life format after it became too difficult to get enough volunteers and find teams large enough to handle the complicated logistics of the Relay.
In 2018 the Colors of Cancer walk consisted of ceremonies around the Dobisky Center followed by a two-mile walk on sidewalks around the city.
Saturday, all the activity was confined to the grounds around the Dobisky Center to provide more of a feeling of community.
The Saturday event raised about $24,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Jason Sovie, the chairperson for the event, welcomed the crowd Saturday thanking them for putting up with the high winds that swept across the riverside property.
Susan Sheets, the honorary chair of the event, gave a moving speech about her journey with breast cancer.
Don Boshart, senior community development manager for the American Cancer Society, before the event addressed the possibility of bad weather.
“If it rains, we get wet,” Mr. Boshart said. “We Relay to Celebrate those who have beaten cancer, we Relay to support those who are currently battling cancer, and we Relay to remember those who we have lost to cancer. The weather isn’t important.”
A Survivor lap kicked off the event in which cancer survivors circled the grounds as the rest of the crowd cheered them on.
Matt George provided music and kept the fundraisers entertained with a poker lap and a frozen T-shirt contest.