Connie Davis 5K Walk and Roll makes strides against cancer
LAUGHLIN — A light rain dusted off the Heritage Trail system in Pyramid Canyon Day Use Area early Saturday morning as hundreds came out for the sixth annual Connie Davis 5K Walk and Roll.
All proceeds from the event go to the River Fund Inc. Cancer Connection fund to help Tri-state residents who are battling cancer and need help covering extra expenses their insurance doesn’t.
“It’s because of all the support from our sponsors which allows us to give all the money to the River Fund Cancer Connection,” said Jackie Mazzeo, Laughlin Nevada Chamber of Commerce executive director. “Our challenge this year was to find a friend, neighbor, or family friend who doesn’t often get out of the house and bring them here.”
According to the American Cancer Society, about one in every three people in the United States are at risk of developing some form of cancer. To put that in perspective, almost everyone at the walk either knew someone who was going through cancer or had/has it themselves.
Patti Smith, a walker at the event, has developed two different types of cancer in the past two years. That pushed 25 of her closest friends and family to come together and create Team Patti to show their support.
“We usually do this walk every year,” Team Patti member Diana Carlson said. “This time we did it to support Patti.”
There was music by Billy Kay, and Leslie Chester officially did photography of the event from Firafly Photography. Both are cancer survivors.
“I am a breast cancer survivor so I like to come out and volunteer my time,” Chester said. “I think it’s a great event to give back to the community.”
There also were interactive spots in the park, all pretty much related to health and cancer. One stop was rock painting with the Bullhead City Rocks, a local Facebook group.
Here, participants could decorate and write on a rock the name of a person who either is struggling with cancer or has survived. Once finished, it gets added to the “tree of hope and life,” which was created in the park last September.
After lunch, the traditional human cancer ribbon drone photo was taken. Almost everyone was out of the park by noon.
“The walk is not a competition,” Mazzeo said. “It’s for everyone to come out and enjoy a nice March day.”