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Walkers look to make strides against cancer


October 23, 2013 | 08:23 AM

There will be a sea of pink in downtown Corydon Saturday as the third annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk takes place.

Thirty-eight teams were registered to participate as of late last week, said Sharon LaHue, who is co-chairing this year's event with Mary Ann Schenck.

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The Making Strides walk is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be a program, with a guest speaker, at 9:30 followed by the walk at 10. Kelsey Starks from WHAS TV-11 will be the emcee.

LaHue said individuals who wish to participate can register Saturday morning at the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand on the town square. Or, if they prefer, they can register online at makingstrideswalk.org/harrisoncountyin.

She added that they hope to take team pictures again this year.

Participants will be led in some warm-up exercises before starting the 5K walk, which, LaHue said, will also include runners who will start ahead of the walkers.

The route will be Capitol Avenue north to the YMCA of Harrison County to the Indian Creek Trail to West Walnut Street then back to the square.

Event T-shirts will be available Saturday for $15.

A portion of the proceeds from the walk, which is open to persons, both female and male, of all ages, will remain in Harrison County.

"The American Cancer Society offers a lot of good programs, such as the Look Good, Feel Good program, and they help people get to their appointments," said LaHue, who is also a cancer survivor.

A pink firetruck will be at the event, and participants will have an opportunity to sign the truck.

Sam Pearson and his wife, Donna, had seen the national pink truck in Arizona and they came up with the idea for the firetruck. (Sam is a deputy chief with the Vine Grove, Ky., Fire Dept.) Thanks to the department's new chief, a truck was donated for the cause and has made appearances at cancer fundraising events for the last 1-1/2 years.

Since Donna's death to cancer, the truck has been named Donna Joy in her memory.

Another aspect of Saturday's walk is the decorating contest. LaHue said a traveling trophy is presented to the downtown Corydon business selected by a "secret" judge for having the best pink spirit.

In addition, there will be informational booths on the town square and face painting.

Walk sponsors are Limeberry Lumber, Squire Boone Village, Robert S. Mattingly Family Denistry, Phi Beta Psi Sorority, Harrison County Hospital, First Harrison Bank, Rodefer Moss & Co. Inc., The Corydon Democrat, Walmart, Norstam Veneer Inc., Chase Bank, Hampton Inn, Harrison County Community Foundation, Hickman Flowers, Heart & Soul Flowers, Bennett & Bennett Insurance and Corydon United Methodist Church.

For more information, call LaHue at 738-2768 or Schenck at 1-812-596-4311.

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