Ribbon Walk Event This Friday June 19th

Sidney, MT – Fighting cancer is hard enough without having to worry about how the bills are going to be paid or facing the fight away from home and a support system. Fortunately, local residents facing this fight have options to stay close to home for treatments and a fund to help with expenses.

Proceeds raised at the 2nd Annual Ribbon Walk will stay local benefiting the Cancer Coalition and the Sidney Health Center Cancer Care funds managed by the Foundation for Community Care.

"Donors want to see the direct impact of their funds given," stated Toni Zieske, Ribbon Walk committee member. "The proceeds raised at the Ribbon Walk stay local to help cancer services in the area with the Cancer Coalition and Sidney Health Center Cancer Care directly helping cancer patients in Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota."

The Cancer Coalition Fund that was set up in the spring of 2013 has already helped 76 people affected by cancer in the community by offering assistance with non-medical household expenses. The Sidney Health Center Cancer Care has treated patients all the way from Jordan to Bottineau, ND and Westby to Wibaux. Through the offering of chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatments, many patients are able to stay close to home and receive state of the art cancer treatment.

The Ribbon Walk will be held on Friday, June 19 at Swanson Field at Sidney High School. Starting at 5:00 PM, the event will feature team fundraising activities, walking the track, a silent auction and food vendors.

Participants will have the opportunity to decorate tribute signs to wear during the walk in memory or in honor of a loved one. Strips of ribbon can be purchased during the walk, decorated with names or words of encouragement and tied onto a special area on the fence surrounding the track.

A new celebration and memorial ceremony will take place at 6:00 PM. Live butterflies will be released in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those lost to cancer symbolizing hope and new life. "The Butterfly Release will be a beautiful way to honor or remember those affected by cancer," said Zieske. "We are looking forward to the many butterflies that will be released and filling the sky with hope." Butterflies are available at the Foundation for Community Care or from any Ribbon Walk Team.

Following the Butterfly Release Ceremony, the walk will kick off with a survivor lap followed by the teams. The night will end with a spectacular fireworks display donated by TNT Fireworks from Williston.

"This is a community event, and you don't have to be on a team to participate," said Zieske. "We hope that you will join us this Friday to celebrate and remember some amazing people."

To donate to the Ribbon Walk, visit the Foundation for Community Care's website at http://www.foundationforcommunitycare.org or by stopping at their office located at 221 2nd St. NW in Sidney.


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