The first Walk for Hope to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation took place Saturday at Getzendaner Park.
The event was created out of a desire by several Wal-Mart employees to honor one of their co-workers and friends who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. As planning began, support and enthusiasm for the event grew, with the Walk for Hope becoming a large event with many different facets with the goal of honoring all men and women who suffer with the disease.
“I’ve known her for years,” said Diann Harris, a Waxahachie Wal-Mart employee said of her co-worker and friend, Fran Seay. Seay has been a Wal-Mart associated for 28 years and was recently diagnosed with cancer. “We want to honor her today by raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.”
“We (Wal-Mart employees) are very family-oriented,” Harris said. “We have several associates going through cancer treatment and they’re all on our minds as well.”
Harris said Wal-Mart employees “always pull together” and “try to help the community also.”
“We’re hoping to make this an annual event,” said Harris, who said some people who can’t make it to the Susan G. Komen events in Dallas or for other reasons would rather stay in Waxahachie.
“Our (Wal-Mart’s) founder, Sam Walton, instilled respect for the individual,” said Waxahachie Wal-Mart employee Vicki Blaylock of why employees volunteer in many different ways for many different causes.
“That’s why we care,” Blaylock said. “We care about people. When one hurts, we all hurt.”
Harris and Blaylock manned the concession stand at Walk for Hope, which included a car show, live entertainment at the Chautauqua Auditorium, auctions and raffles, a bounce house for children and a multitude of other attractions, including a visit from the Energizer Bunny.
“Waxahachie is such a friendly town,” said Blaylock, expressing her appreciation for the community’s support of the event.