Cumberland Times-News

September 7, 2013

Vicki Linn walk Saturday at Mountain Ridge High

Third annual event benefits ovarian cancer research

Angie Brant
Cumberland Times-News

— FROSTBURG — In less than a week, the community of Frostburg will rally for the third annual Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness.

Held at Mountain Ridge High School on Saturday, the event is in memory of the late Vicki Linn, honoring her courageous fight against ovarian cancer. Linn, a local elementary school teacher, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010. She died just three months following her diagnosis.

Throughout her ordeal, Linn maintained a positive attitude and asked her loved ones to share her story and raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Among those she asked to share her mission were members of the Soroptimist International of Frostburg, an organization in which she was a member and president.

The organization, with the help of Linn’s family, organized the first Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness in 2011. In just two years, the event has raised more than $65,000 in Linn’s honor. These funds were donated to ovarian cancer research and to the Western Maryland Health System’s Cancer Patient Assistance Fund.

Linn’s family and supporters have recently partnered with the Community Trust Foundation to ensure that future proceeds from the event continue to honor Linn’s wish for generations to come through the creation of the Vicki Linn Fund.

The Community Trust Foundation was established in 2006 with the goal of building philanthropic resources; connecting donors to organizations and programs they care about; making effective grants that impact needs; and providing leadership to address community issues.

Grant Irvin, a foundation volunteer, said after meeting with the Soroptimists and the Linn family, he immediately realized a fund in Vicki’s honor was “a beautiful fit for us and our efforts to promote health and awareness.”

Linn’s daughter, Michaela, said she believes this partnership fully embodies her mother’s final wishes. “Through the Vicki Linn Fund we will be able to better raise awareness, donate to ovarian cancer research and assist local women facing a diagnosis of ovarian cancer,” Michaela Linn said.

Andrea DePalatis, president of the Frostburg Soroptimists, explained that proceeds from the upcoming walk will be used as start-up money for the Vicki Linn Fund.    

“This fund could save the lives of our daughters, granddaughters and beyond with annual funds dedicated to raising awareness of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer,” she said. “Funds raised and donated this year will set the stage for the future success of the Vicki Linn Fund to raise awareness, fund important re-search and help women.”

Throughout the walk, a variety of activities and entertainment have been planned, including live music throughout the day.

Performances will include the Mountain Ridge High School Jazz Orchestra, Frankfort High School’s Teal Steel steel drum band and Alex Beeman. The Frostburg Dance Academy has planned Celebration of Life laps that everyone is invited to join. Kick Masters Karate will also be in attendance.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The theme for the walk will be Honoring Those Who Fight the Battle.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page, Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness.

Participants who want a picture of their team or loved one to appear on the big screen as inspiration on the day of the walk are asked to send pictures as an attachment to frostburgsoroptimist@gmail.com by Tuesday.

For more information or to make a contribution to the Vicki Linn Fund, contact the Community Trust Foundation at 301-876-9172.

Contact Angie Brant at abrant @times-news.com.