Marcy Grimm, Omaha CureSearch Walk committee member, has been involved since the beginning and has watched the Walk grow. She and her fellow committee members, proud to see how the Walk has grown, are dedicated to honoring and remembering all those affected by children’s cancer.
On Saturday, June 1 thousands of walkers gathered together to celebrate the 8thOmaha CureSearch Walk. Fifty six teams worked together to raise more than $175,000 which tipped the event over the $1 million mark in its history. The funds these teams raised will support CureSearch’s mission to fund innovative and targeted research.
Marcy’s connection to children’s cancer is through her son, Ethan, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1999 when he was five. Ethan went through multiple rounds of chemoth erapy, a stem cell transplant, and various other treatments, but relapsed within a year of diagnosis. In 2005, Ethan was also diagnosed with leukemia, a side effect of the treatment he received for his brain tumor. Ethan amazed doctors when he survived the leukemia. Unfortunately, the brain tumor began to grow again a year later, and took his life in 2008. Because of her son’s experience, and that he did not survive; Marcy is driven to help find a cure for the 36 children diagnosed with cancer every day.
This year, as Marcy stood at the Walk, she stood among more than 1,000 people and sponsors, all committed to finding a cure for all children diagnosed with cancer. Sponsor No Frills Supermarket returned to support the 2013 Walk after raising $10,000 in 2012. This year, they expanded their involvement through their pin-up campaign, aimed at raising awareness and funds in the Omaha community. Even though the weather threatened to put a damper of the day’s events, it didn’t. Walkers enjoyed entertainment from clowns, magicians, PGA golf swing challenges, a visit from a fire truck, food and more.
To find a local CureSearch walk near you, visit www.curesearchwalk.org and show your dedication to the fight against children’s cancer.