The Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation will host the first annual Elliot Regional Cancer Center Walk for Hope on Sunday, Oct. 6. Registration for the Walk opens at 8 a.m. with the walk kicking off at 9 a.m. on the campus of Elliot Hospital in Manchester, with entertainment following the walk. Teams and individuals will walk to honor those facing cancer in our community, celebrate cancer survivors, and remember loved ones lost to the disease.
Funds raised through the Walk for Hope will support the expansion of programs and services at the Elliot Regional Cancer Center.
“Access to comprehensive care at home is what our patients have asked us for and what they value. Cancer remains among the most prevalent diseases in New Hampshire, and new cancer cases are expected to rise in the decade ahead,” said Dr. W. Gregory Baxter, president of Elliot Health System. “As our patients work hard to fight, to manage, and to overcome cancer, we will work equally hard – true to our motto – to help them ‘Live Better.’”
Dr. Brian Knab, medical director of the Elliot Regional Cancer Center, states, “As the largest health system in southern New Hampshire, we are poised and proud to be planning one of our largest expansion projects ever – the construction of a comprehensive regional cancer center to better meet the needs of our patients, and the families and friends who support them. This project will not only include bringing all of the healthcare professionals together under one roof to care for cancer patients, it will have the technology and the programs to see patients through the complete cancer continuum.”
The newly expanded Elliot Regional Cancer Center will bring nearly all oncology services under one roof; including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and patient support programs. The new center will also feature a specialized Patient and Family Navigation program. The Nurse Navigators’ role will help patients and their families navigate the many options and paths in their cancer care journey.
The 3-mile walk will begin and end at Elliot Hospital, with activities for children, a special Cancer Survivor Reception, refreshments and entertainment including performances by the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester with Randy Armstrong and Tee and the Gents. There will be 1-mile walk option for those wanting a shorter walk route. Registration for the walk is $10 with free registration for children 10 and younger. Individuals raising $100 or more will receive a Walk For Hope T-shirt.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together to support those facing cancer and remember loved ones who we have lost to the disease. To have the community support this critically important project truly embodies hope for those in facing a journey with cancer,” said Kelli Rafferty, director of development for the Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation. “We want to thank all the teams who have been busy all summer raising funds and to our sponsors: Astra Zeneca, Turkish Airlines, Bellman Jewelers, BOND, iHeart Media, Kronos, No Moore Cancer 5k, Radiation Oncology Associates, P.A. and nThrive.”
To learn more, visit donate/elliothospital.org/walk or call 663-8934, or you can register at the walk to participate.