Walk at Watt’s raised $35K for Cancer Society

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Pam Allen and her daughters Trinity, center, and Savannah have cups of apple cider to start the 5-kilometer walk through the Watt Farms orchards on Saturday.

About 500 people, many of them wearing pink, walked the orchard at Watt Farms on Saturday.

ALBION – More than 500 people raised about $35,000 during the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Saturday at Watt Farms.

The farm market has hosted 11 Making Strides walks and raised about $350,000 for the American Cancer Society.

“The Saturday event was a moving example of passion in action,” said Michael Crisona, senior market manager for the American Cancer Society. “Our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk unites the community together with a shared determination to help finish the fight. Making Strides participants can be proud that their fundraising efforts are helping to save more lives from breast cancer.”

Karen Watt, a breast cancer survivor, said the farm is looking to partner with a local organization in the future for fund-raising walks through the orchard.

On Sunday, she was honored with a humanitarian award from the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church for her efforts to raise money for cancer research and support services for people affected by the disease, as well as her other community involvements.

She praised her husband Chris for mowing the orchards and getting the route ready for the public for the Making Strides event.