Festival of Hope providing more help every year
The 11th annual Festival of Hope will take place this Saturday at the Mitchell Event Center, with a number of educational and family related activities planned. The free event open to the public is organized by volunteers and is committed to assisting cancer patients with their non-medical needs.
Dr. Vince Bjorling, who founded the event with his wife Vicki, says the need is growing every year. He says in 2012 more than $130,000 was distributed to more than 150 cancer patients and their families, but he believes the organization will donate at least $170,000 this year.
The event starts at 7 a.m. with a 5k run and walk and a Kid's Fun Run and a full-fledged breakfast provided by the Knights of Columbus. There is entertainment throughout the day, educational booths, wonderful food, a penny carnival for the kids and silent and live auctions, with the live auction beginning at 2 p.m.
The day is capped off at 3 p.m. with recognition of those added to the "Wall of Hope", which can include past or present cancer survivors, and then the symbolic release of butterflies.
For more information on the event, how to donate or to add a name to the Wall of Hope, log on to festivalofhope.net.
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