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8th Annual Walk for Hope continues to grow

The 8th Annual Albany Capital District Walk for Hope to battle pancreatic cancer steps off on Sunday, Sept. 11, from Bethlehem's Elm Avenue Park. Last year, 400 people participated and raised over $100,000 to donate to the Lustgarten Foundation.

The 8th Annual Albany Capital District Walk for Hope to battle pancreatic cancer steps off on Sunday, Sept. 11, from Bethlehem's Elm Avenue Park. Last year, 400 people participated and raised over $100,000 to donate to the Lustgarten Foundation. Submitted Photo

— “It's one of those cancers that's not found generally until its in stage 4,” she said. “You don't have the inspirational survivors, but we are starting to see some.”

The Walk for Hope isn't just about fundraising, though. Before and after the walk there will be plenty opportunities for fun and fellowship. The band Code Blue will be playing, there will be silent auctions, a visit from the Albany Devil Dawg, face painting and The Puppet People. The Coccadotts Cake Shop van will be on hand for a post-walk pick-me-up, with part of the proceeds going to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation.

Kate Welshofer, weeknight anchor for YNN, will serve as emcee.

The Walk for Hope steps off at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 from the large pavilion at Elm Avenue Park, rain or shine. The step off will be preceded by a moment of silence for victims of pancreatic cancer and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The walk is 1.2 miles long but many go around more than once. Strollers and wheelchairs are able to take the course.

Day-of-race registration starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, visit albanypcrwalk.org.

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