A group of friends that has worked together raising funds in the fight against cancer by supporting national organizations is banding together again this summer to raise cancer fighting money on a strictly local level.
"The Pondy Cancer Warriors Fighting for Mark Anderson," is finalizing plans for a day-long, 12-hour community walkathon at the CHS athletic track on July 30 beginning at 9 a.m. It will be a hometown effort to help raise funds for the family of cancer sufferer Mark Anderson.
The 15 members of The Pondy Cancer Warriors are focusing their efforts this year at home, and they are hoping the community will join in and support the cause, said Barb Hladik, a member of the group.
The Pondy is serving as headquarters for advance planning of the Cancer Warriors' event. Hladik said that anyone wanting information or wanting to officially participate should call the Pondy at 856-3464. People who want to pledge or to participate officially by raising funds or helping should call in advance in order to help organizers plan ahead, Hladik explained.
In addition, the entire community is invited to join in the community event to show support for Mark and his family. There will be food, games, a cooling summer water balloon fight, a raffle, and silent and live auctions, Hladik said.
People are welcome to come and go throughout the day. Even people who haven't pledged anything are welcome to take as many laps of the CHS track as they would like to show support and just to participate in the walkathon.
"Everyone's been very helpful," Hladik said. "We really appreciate all the help that people have offered."
Hladki added that funds her team raised in the past for the national walkathon events have all been turned over to that organization and deposited in the proper accounts for that cause.