OLIVIA — Nine communities across Renville County came together to raise money and offer support to community members with cancer for the 22nd annual Walk in the Park event on Friday evening. The event looked a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members were encouraged to walk, bike or drive by from a distance to observe the event.
Each city began their ceremony with church bells and an Invocation by local pastors. Raffle prizes were drawn and the “bag of blessings,” which is a gift provided to those who are newly diagnosed with cancer, was shown to community members. The bag contains things like self-care items, a handmade quilt, words of encouragement, and a $200 gift card to help with expenses.
Luminaries were lit later in the evening honoring those who currently have cancer, cancer survivors and those who lost their life to the disease. Walk in the Park Co-chair Sarah Maher said that around 1,900 luminaries were lit across Renville County.
“This was a grand slam event and we really want to make sure people in our community feel supported,” Maher said. “We want to let people know that we are walking with them through the cancer process.”