11-02-11-cape-fear-valley.jpgCrowds of folks will stretch out like a ribbon along routes through the downtown Fayetteville area as walkers and motorcy-clists take to the road for the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation’s Friends of the Cancer Center 6th Annual Ribbon Walk & Ride for Cancer, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, in Festival Park.

Last year, more than 1,000 walkers and riders participated in the event and raised more than $90,000 “to help cancer patients right here at home.” All proceeds benefit Friends of the Cancer Center, one of six friends groups within the Foundation that “…help develop programs to assist patients with needs that contribute to the heal-ing process, but that go beyond the scope of Cape Fear Valley’s mission to provide medical care and treatment,” according to the event website, www.ribbonwalkforcancer.org.

A press release for the event noted, “Through fundraisers, such as the Ribbon Walk & Ride, Friends of the Cancer Center provides prescription medicine, emergency funds for utilities, dietary supplements, transportation assistance, wigs, hats and scarves to Cancer Center patients.” Friends of the Cancer Center is supported 100 percent by donations and gifts and the help of 80 plus volunteers.

Chances are, everyone knows someone who is fighting cancer or who has fought cancer, and this is a way to help patients right here in Fayetteville. Friends of the Cancer Center’s Ribbon Walk welcomes all partici-pants willing to come out and walk for survivors and encourages survivors to be there, as well as any others who can walk for a co-worker, a friend, a son, a daughter, a spouse — anyone who is battling or has battled this killer disease.

Participants may register the day of the event or preregister at www.rib-bonwalkforcancer.org and download the donation form and view walk and ride routes. Additionally, people may donate to a particular walker, rider or team online. Registration is $25, and checks should be made payable to Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation. The top team and top three individual fundraisers will receive prizes, including T- shirts, stainless-steel water bot-tles, backpacks, caps and fleece jackets.

Registration and kickoff for the ride are at 8:45 and 9:45 a.m., respec-tively. Walk registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

For more information on the Ribbon Walk, sponsorship, registration or volunteering, please call Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation at 615-7618 or visit www.ribbonwalkforcancer.org.

Photo: Last year, over 1000 walkers and riders participated in the event and raised more than $90,000 to help cancer patients right here at home.

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