More than 500 walkers joined forces to raise $43,815.05 at last weekend’s Strides Against Cancer walk in Marathon. The event draws men and women from all walks of life (pun intended) to dress up and involve their children and four-legged friends. Marathon High School junior Hannah Gracy sang the national anthem, and Marathon High School’s new Color Guard presented the flags. The American Legion team topped the fund-raiser by bringing in $6,700 (the majority raised at a golf tournament on the following day). The top individual fundraiser was Shari Cronin. The funds benefit the American Cancer Society. Next year’s event will be chaired by Charlotte Quinn.
Key West’s Making Strides Walk takes place Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 a.m. from White Street Pier.
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Wearing poodle skirts, and accompanied by two standard poodles, Joanna Sykut and Cassie Stephan took home one of the prizes for best dressed.
Armand and Shayne Messina support the event with their happy presence.
The team from American Legion raised the most money.
Karen Dennis was a top fundraiser in the individual category. Plus, she directed the ‘Bacon Babes’ from The Stuffed Pig.
The organizers with the mostest — Barbara Padget, Joy Wilson, Carol Stiglitz, Rose Diezel, Sherry Alana and Toni Appell.
Debbie Hegland, left, and Helen Catchpole, right, and a friend put on their pink bracelets to walk.
At the signal, about 500 walkers head south on the sidewalk next to the airport in Marathon.
Suzy Curry, left, and Charlotte Quinn, share a ride — their privilege as event organizers. Curry chaired the walk in 2015 and Quinn will chair in 2016.
Toni Appell, left, and Michelle Iarocci hand out the pink bead necklaces.