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Cancer STOMP culminates with walk, carnival

ALBANY — There aren’t many activities more fun than a carnival. A carnival that raises awareness of and money for the local fight against cancer? That, boys and girls, is the best of both worlds.

The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia, in the culmination of its six-week-long 2013 Cancer STOMP fundraising campaign planned to help stomp out cancer in our region, will host its Walk to Remember and Carnival of Hope Saturday on the grounds between The Veranda and Phoebe Putney at Meredyth Place.

Activities will start with the 9 a.m. one-mile reflective Walk to Remember and continue with the family-friendly Carnival of Hope from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“These are the final events of our Cancer STOMP initiative, a six-week fundraising campaign whose focus has been to support cancer screenings in South Georgia,” Cancer Coalition of South Georgia CEO Diane Fletcher said of Saturday’s activities. “I think it’s important to point out to citizens of this region that 100 percent of the proceeds from the initiative will remain right here in South Georgia.”

The Walk to Remember, which has on-site registration starting at 8:30 a.m., is free to participants, but all are encouraged to make donations to benefit the initiative. Honoraria, including walking path signs and name ribbons on the “Wall of Fighters,” will be available for walkers and their supporters. Signs are available for a $50 donation, while ribbons are available for $10 donations.

Awards will be handed out for the largest donations, and survivors will be honored during the walk. A hospitality area will be set up for survivors.

More than 20 kid activities — including duck pond, treasure dig and face-painting booths, inflatables, a shooting gallery, a candy bar walk and temporary tattoos — are planned for the Carnival of Hope. Activity wristbands will be available for $10, $5 for any additional participant in the same family.

Riverfront Bar-B-Que and other food vendors will offer meals and other goodies for attendees.

Saturday’s events are sponsored by Procter & Gamble, Genentech, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and The Veranda. For additional information, call (229) 312-1706.