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Taylor County Moving for a Cure event set for May 14

The sixth annual Taylor County Moving for a Cure cancer fundraiser is set for Friday evening, May 14, at the Medford City Park. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, activities will be scaled down from prior years. The event will offer raffle tickets and gift card boards for attendees to purchase chances to win prizes. The top two prizes are $500 cash donated by AbbyLand. Drawings will be held at 8 p.m. the evening of the event (need not be present to win). The Kiwanis will once again be offering food and beverages from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. for all to enjoy.

The committee, made up of Carmen Thiede, Tammy Fieselman, Sherry Meyer, Patty Krug, Karen Dahlvig, Jannell Carlson, Jenn Sobotta and Sue Rudolph, is organizing the fundraiser. The 5k Walk registration will start at 5:30 p.m. The opening ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. with a guest speaker providing their personal heart-felt journey dealing with cancer. The walk will begin at approximately 7 p.m. with staggered start times. There will be no timed run this year, but attendees are welcome to run if they choose.

Last year the event was held virtually due to COVID-19 and provided 24 individuals living in Taylor County experiencing cancer treatments with $1,000 stipends. All money raised continues to be disbursed locally to Taylor County residents undergoing cancer treatments regardless of income, insurance coverage, or where the treatment is received. The fund allocation will be based on the total amount raised on a first-come, firstserve basis.

Thiede said the committee will once again work with the Taylor County Health Department to disburse money raised. Those seeking assistance must complete a simple grant application with the requirement that they must have lived in Taylor County for at least one year (since May 2020), are currently receiving cancer treatment from a licensed/ certified oncologist, and provide a letter from their oncologist stating they are or have received treatment since May 2020. Applications will be available beginning June 1 on their website (TCMoving4Cure. com) or from the Taylor County Health Department.

The event is being assisted by Medford Area for Tomorrow, Inc. a 501c(3) organization which is serving as the fiscal agent for corporate donations.

The group encourages individuals, teams and businesses to take part in the event and support local cancer patients. Raffle tickets are available to purchase in advance at local businesses in the community, or by contacting a Committee member. Registration materials can be picked up at the Medford Chamber or K99 Radio, or visit their website at TCMoving4Cure. com.