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For its 20th anniversary, TeamWalk for CancerCare has a new home plate. TeamWalk has partnered with the Lowell Spinners to make LaLecheur Park the new start and finish line for the Merrimack Valley’s biggest single-day fundraiser, which will take place this year on Sunday, May 19, 2019.
Each spring since 2000, TeamWalk has brought together thousands of Merrimack Valley residents to walk the streets of downtown Lowell to raise money and support local cancer patients. Many of these patients are undergoing treatment at Lowell General Hospital’s Cancer Center, which recently celebrated its own 20th anniversary in September.
The event has come a long way since the first event, which started at Lowell General Hospital’s main campus and had hundreds of walkers, not thousands. This year’s honorary chairman will be Pat Crane, a retired Lowell General Hospital executive who played a vital role in creating TeamWalk and fulfilling its mission.
“When we started TeamWalk 20 years ago, we had one goal – to raise funds that would exclusively stay in the Greater Lowell community to provide financial support to our friends and neighbors as they battle cancer,” she said. “I am so proud of what TeamWalk and the Cancer Center have become, and I am truly honored to come back as honorary chairman for this exciting milestone.”
TeamWalk organizers will share more exciting announcements about the 20th annual event in the coming weeks and months.
Since its inception in 2000, TeamWalk for CancerCare has raised more than $12 million that has directly helped more than 30,000 patients. TeamWalk funds make a difference by paying for medications, nutritional supplements, wigs and prostheses, support groups, skilled nursing visits, transportation, mini-grants, and supportive services to patients with all cancer types.
To sign up for this year’s event, residents can visit teamwalk.org, where they will also find a listing of the many parties, events and fundraisers that take place year-round to raise money for this cause.