Walk of Hope for Cancer Support Center is Sunday

  Walkers at Sunday's Cancer Support Center Walk of
  Hope will be wearing these distinctive T-shirts as
  they raise funds for the agency.
(Photo by Marilyn 
  Thomas/H-F Chronicle)
 
Donna Anfield of Homewood has been coming to the Cancer Support Center the past four years and has found ways to give back.
 
She’ll do that again on Sunday, Oct. 7, volunteering her time at the Walk of Hope, the agency’s major fundraiser. She’s looking forward to seeing friends and their families come out Sunday. 
 
Walkers will head out at 9 a.m. from the office at 2028 Elm in Homewood for a mile or three-mile walk to raise awareness and money to support the agency.
 
Registration for Sunday’s walk is $30 for walkers 15 and older or $15 for children between 5 and 14. Information is a www.cancersupportcenter.org or come out on Sunday. Registration starts at 8 a.m.
 
The walk marks the Cancer Support Center’s 25th anniversary year. The private organization was founded in 1993 by two women whose husbands died from the disease. Today the center offers a wide range of programs and services free of charge. The center  operates on donations and grants.
 
Anfield can tell you about the many benefits she and others have received. The center, she says, “enhanced my life.”
 
Anfield was recovering after breast cancer in 2014 when she came to the Cancer Support Center for yoga classes.  She then took part in spiritual sessions that she found very rewarding.  She became a member of the participants’ committee, offering ideas and input on new programs.  
 
She’s given several presentations to groups and organizations and did community outreach.
 
Anfield would come to the Cancer Support Center weekly for informational sessions and did yoga several times a month.  She felt good and knew she was recovering.  Then she got a second diagnosis — thyroid cancer — and had surgery in November 2017. 
 
Anfield recognizes the Cancer Support Center as a place of “general warmth” for all those who enter through its doors. It gives them a true sense of caring and hope.
 
“I’ve seen people in these programs and they have blossomed. People who participate, I don’t see them feeling sorry for themselves,” she said. 
 
Donations can be sent to the Cancer Support Center, 2028 Elm St., Homewood, IL 60430.

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