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2020 Warrior Walk: Celebrating Life Beyond Cancer

STEEL Lillies 2

It seems like yesterday and then like forever when our Dad died 36 years ago from colon cancer.
Since then, we have lost my Mom, my niece Tiffany, my Mom’s only sister and so many others to this disease.
But we also have many relatives and many close friends who are amazing cancer survivors and I thank God for the medical professionals and research that has made this possible.

The Wilmot Warrior Walk is now in its 8th year of raising funds for Cancer Research and Survivorship Support
And like many other organizations, this year, as a result of Covid-19, our Wilmot Warrior Walk will be a virtual walk on September 12th and 13th.

For many of these past 8 years, my sisters…. Janet Bayer-Kukla, Judy Kinsky and Alana DeCarlo … have worked the Wilmot Warrior Walk Registration tent, incredibly early on each Sunday morning.
It’s going to feel very strange, quite different this year, to not be able to greet the enthusiastic Survivors as well as many Family and Friends who participate in the Walk. They have been so proud to be there to celebrate or to honor the life of someone no longer with them.

So, because of them and all our surviving family and friends, this year, we’ll have our own Virtual Team. We’re calling it STEEL Lillies 2, in honor of my niece, Tiffany Bayer Lill.
We already have a STEEL Lillies Foundation in place and have raised funds over the past few years for Sarcoma Research and Awareness (over $250k!)
So, this year, we will raise money for additional cancer research in her honor! Love You and Miss You Tiff!

Without a doubt, 2020 has been a very unusual and unsettling year in a lot of ways. Cancer did not stop because of COVID-19. The UR Medical Center lost significant revenue and profits due to the Impact of the virus. Fundraising for cancer research and development is needed more than ever.

This is not the first time I am setting up a team for Wilmot, but I find it challenging to find the right words.
So. the information on this page will probably change over the next several weeks.
I’ll update you on any additional information, anything we think would encourage you to either be part of our ‘virtual team’ or donate to our team.

“Cancer doesn’t quit, even in the face of a global pandemic. Thousands of people in our region continue to be impacted by cancer every day, and we are as determined as ever to find better ways to treat cancer” says Jonathan W. Friedberg, M.D., M.M.Sc., director of Wilmot Cancer Institute.
By supporting the Wilmot Warrior Walk, we are helping to make new treatments possible.
We are ensuring more survivors have a positive quality of life during and after treatment.
We are helping cancer patients have more time with their family and friends.
Together, we can find better ways to support everyone impacted by cancer.

We are thanking you in advance for your support.

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