SECU cancer walk

2018 Survivor Walk

Come out and “Honor Our Heroes” at the Southeast Cancer Unit’s cancer walk Friday, April 26, at the Blackshear track.  The walk will be from 6 p.m. to midnight.

The Southeast Cancer Unit is anticipating the biggest crowd yet at the 23rd annual walk Friday night after an outpouring of support from community sponsors and a record number of fundraising teams scheduled to attend.

“All the money we raise goes directly to the cancer patient through a vendor. We can do things other people can’t do because we’re not under anybody’s guidelines except for our board of directors,” says Brenda Waters, SECU volunteer. “It’s just an awesome thing.”

With 30 fundraising teams participating in this year’s event, the walk is shaping up to be a fun night with lots of family-friendly activities and good food.

“I’m trying now how to figure out how to get them all (team tents) on the track!,” Waters says. “It’s a good problem to have.”

There will be games, bounce house, blow up slide and Fun House for children. Dinner options range from a juicy hamburger to a slab of smoked ribs and a variety of sweets and homemade candies for dessert.

This year the SECU will raffle a brand new golf cart. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now and will be available the night of the walk. The golf  cart can be seen at Five Points Lawn and Garden in Blackshear.

Other raffles throughout the night will include a 50/50 raffle, $500 raffle and several basket raffles.

The walk will kick off with a sponsor recognition at 6 p.m. and the National Anthem performed by local quartet, Rusty Pipes, followed by the Survivor Walk around the track. All cancer survivors are welcome to participate.  

Festivities will stop briefly at 9 p.m. for the candlelit Memorial Walk in memory of those who lost their lives to cancer in 2018. The walk is a moment of reflection for many who attend each year. Bonnie Howard will play flute as locals lap the track in honor of a loved one no longer with us.

“Everything stops … all you hear is footsteps and the flute,” Waters says. “It was beautiful last year, very emotional.”

“If you don’t come for anything else besides the Memorial Walk and the Survivor Walk it’s worth it,” Waters adds.

The SECU is a volunteer organization. All proceeds raised at the walk benefit cancer patients in Ware, Pierce and Brantley counties.

Cancer Walks have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to assist cancer patients and their families in Pierce, Ware and Brantley counties since the first walk was held in 1997.

The non-profit operation has no paid staff. All funds beyond covering basic office supplies go to help cancer patients and their families through local vendors. SECU aid helps patients pay for medications, supplies, prosthesis, professional fees, sitter fees, nutritional supplements, durable medical equipment and wigs. And, the SECU provides gas gift certificates, taxi services and other services needed by patients.

The SECU offers up to $1,500 per year per patient in financial assistance.

Volunteers also offer emotional support and encouragement for families, and the SECU provides education on prevention and early detection of cancer through community-wide programs and projects, health fairs and providing a community resource center.

Call the SECU at 912-452-7070 for more information. The Unit’s office is located at First Baptist Church in Blackshear.