Mother's Day walk for a cure
Mary Marvin started the race after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994. She wanted to do a walk for Mother’s Day to educate and help others fight. When she passed away in 1998, her sister Rebecca Florio took over the walk, continuing it each year.
Most of the proceeds from the walk will go to Mary’s Room, located at the American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon in Amherst.
The American Cancer Society renamed their wig room after Marvin as a tribute to her. They offer free wigs to anyone undergoing treatment. This walk is the sole supporter for this room.
The rest of the proceeds from the walk will benefit Hospice House and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, which is held in October.
“This was probably our best year ever,” said Florio.
During the event, Cascade, through the City of Lockport, presented a check for $3,435 to the American Cancer Society.
More than 500 residents selected a pink trash cart during the recent refuse switch. For each pink tote purchased, $5 went to the American Cancer Society. Residents purchasing the totes were also invited to attend the walk.
Lockport was the first municipality to present pink carts to their residents.
“Each and everyone of you is helping to find a cure,” Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, said. “The cure is out there.”
This year’s walk was in memory of Pam Melton Owens and June Obermiller Wolentarski, who both lost their battle with breast cancer.