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September 12, 2011

Vicki Linn cancer walk raises more than $40,000

FROSTBURG — Thanks to the Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer, the Frostburg Soroptimist International and pledgers, more than $40,000 was raised to help the battle against ovarian cancer.

“We hope to top $40,000. We were originally hoping for $20,000, which was a big goal,” said Andrea DePalatis, president of Frostburg Soroptimist. “We are greatful for everyone that turned out and helped support us. We were surprised.”

The total amount of money raised may go up because there were notes promising pledges that are yet to come, explained DePalatis.

Half of the money will go toward the Western Maryland Health System’s Cancer Patient Assistance Fund to help with local patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with the other half going to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to improve the early detection of ovarian cancer, according to DePalatis.

“With over $40,000 raised, a lot of good is going to come from this walk. With more education and research, one day this cancer won’t be the one that whispers anymore,” said Lisa Bohrer, director of wellness at PharmaCare in Frostburg, who helped organize Saturday’s walk and whose mother died of ovarian cancer.

More than 500 people participated by walking the track at Mountain Ridge High School, according to DePalatis.

“It was an unbelievable sight seeing all those people piled onto the track. It was an unbelievable day,” said DePalatis.

About 300 people attended the lecture held by Dr. Neil Rosenshein, an internationally renowned gynecologic oncologist, according to DePalatis. Rosenshein lectured on the symptoms of ovarian cancer and what steps to take and hosted a question-and-answer session.

“The support from the community was overwhelming. I never expected so many people to participate,” said Bohrer. “To see the auditorium filled at Mountain Ridge to hear Dr. Rosenshein speak was incredible.”

The walk was organized by the Frostburg Soroptimist and was held in honor of Michaela Linn’s mother. Linn is a music/drama teacher at Mountain Ridge.

“I know that my mom and Michaela’s mom were dancing in heaven,” said Bohrer.

Vicki was a teacher at Beall Elementary School and was president of the Frostburg Soroptimist International from 2007 to 2009. She requested that her memorial funds be directed to the Frostburg Soroptimist to be used to raise awareness and education about the symptoms of ovarian cancer in hopes of diagnosing the disease early.

Donations are still being accepted. Checks may be sent to SI, P.O. Box 53 Frostburg, MD 21532 with Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer in the memo line.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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