TO THE EDITOR:
The communities surrounding Ellsworth pledged to "Make A Difference" and were very successful completing the Cancer Run/Walk on July 25 at the Pierce County Fairgrounds. Teams participated in the five mile walk-run, honoring the grand marshals and cancer survivors, Jim and Susan Klaas of Ellsworth.
Donation pledges of $11,300 gathered by the teams will help American Cancer Society's ongoing research, education and service programs. Conferences and publications published often keep health professionals informed of the latest and most effective methods of prevention, detection and treatment.
The volunteer committee worked hard putting the Run/Walk together. There were the "road markers," registers, pledge card providers, prizes and food providers. Jim Klaas, a devoted Funster, was pleased for the help the Funster group gave, along with those who monitored the Walk/Run trail who could not walk the miles.
Donation pledges are a big plus, and Chairperson Robin Ingli and Kellie Burrows helped the Ellsworth group organize. At the opening and closing ceremony, Grand Marshal Jim Klaas expressed his and Susan's appreciation for the great turnout, workers' support and large sum of pledges walkers acquired. He stated there are a great number of friends and family diagnosed with a form of cancer and this Run/Walk benefits many. He spoke of the first Dr.'s Run of May 1, 1995, and its success since then in research.
As chair of the Pierce County ACS Honors and Memorials Program, I gladly accept any donation as you remember someone close to you who died because of cancer. Giving from the heart just for research is comforting. Send donations to: Kathryn M. Schommer, W3750 200th Ave., Maiden Rock, WI 54750. Or call (715) 448-2903.
Appreciation goes to all of you who supported this cause in any way, along with the Plum City Walk and the forthcoming El Paso Walk.
Kathryn M. Schommer, chair of Pierce County ACS