A group of friends who have worked together raising funds in the fight against cancer by supporting national organizations are banding together again this summer to raise cancer fighting money on a strictly local level.
"The Pondy Cancer Warriors Fighting for Mark Anderson," are finalizing plans for a day-long, 12-hour community walkathon event 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.
Mark Anderson is a popular Cedaredge entertainer and musician who also works as a building contractor. Hladik said that he is suffering from a rare form of inoperable brain cancer. He is now under treatment and his family is accumulating substantial medical bills, she added. Two other fund raisers for the family have been held here.
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 at large is being invited and encouraged to come and 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 fund raising support are welcome to take as many laps of the CHS track as they would like to help show support and just to participate in the community event.
"Everyone has been very helpful," Hladik told the DCI. "We really appreciate all the help that people have offered."
Hladki also told the DCI 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.