Walkers came from as far as Arizona and Central Oregon to walk with family members and friends.

MoTown Tie-Dyes and a double stroller holding the youngest ‘walkers.'Molalla’s Seventh Annual MoTown Walkers for the Cure event is on the books.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, a group of 85 people gathered at Heckard Field to walk to honor breast cancer fighters and survivors.

Walkers included people currently battling various forms of cancer. Friends and family, as well as youngsters in strollers, on bikes and scooters and a few well-behaved dogs on leashes also walked. Walkers came from as far as Arizona and Central Oregon to walk with family members and friends.

Funds collected by the walk organizers will be donated to the OHSU Knight Cancer Research Center, specifically for ongoing research to treat breast cancer.

The walk began at Heckard Field, and wound through Ivor Davies Trail and Park, with a termination point at Safeway. The walkers enjoyed the countryside with no vehicular traffic, thanks to the cooperation of the city of Molalla in opening the gates on Molalla Forest Road for the annual event. Also cooperating as good business citizens were Molalla Redi-Mix, IMDS, and NW Polymers, who allow walkers to cross over their properties to avoid walking along OR Highway 211 to reach the finish line.

Once again, walkers were able to ride the school bus back to the starting point, as First Student donated the use of a school bus and local bus driver, Diane Wilson handled the driving duties.

This local event provides the community with an excellent way to participate in the fight against breast cancer, and to support local people battling the disease while remembering some very special people too.

A report on the amount of funds raised will be submitted after a full size quilt is raffled. The quilt is currently displayed at Cindy's Café, and the drawing will be held at the end of October.

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