County cancer walk raises more than $57,000

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Seventeen teams participated Aug. 15 in the Kingsbury County Cancer Walk (KCCW) at Anderson-Gilbertson Football Field in Arlington.


Two young men who are battling cancer, Chase Casper of Lake Preston and Diego Campos of Arlington, were honorary chairmen for the evening.


Activites included a free-will offering meal, live music by a couple members of the Highway Call Band and some guest singers, games, face and fingernail painting, food booths, raffles, luminaries and more.


The teams raised more than $57,000 with various fundraisers throughout the year, leading up to and including the evening of the cancer walk. Becky Pistulka, one of the committee members, said there are still donations coming in.


The location for the annual KCCW rotates between De Smet, Lake Preston and Arlington. It is not associated with The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. All money raised stays in the county to directly benefit local cancer patients.


A board of directors distributes money from the account to people in the county that have been diagnosed with cancer. There are no strings attached. It can be used for whatever the person needs; gas money, hotel rooms, medical bills, or living expenses.


If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, you can call someone on the board of directors for some financial assistance.


Each town has one or more contact people on the board of directors. Dean McDonald and Sharon Peterson, De Smet; Marlene Anderson and Karen Carlson, Lake Preston; Wilson Munger, Erwin; Ken Bohls, Badger; Mary Purintun, Bancroft; Jean Oneal, Hetland and Arlyn  “Butch” Smith, Oldham.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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