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Thanks to Our Sponsors and Participants For Celebrating the
20th Anniversary of Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5k
We made it! Thanks to our sponsors, participants, supporters, and volunteers, the 20th anniversary celebration of Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5k has been another tremendous success. Although the Northeaster of March 13, 2018 put some pressure on the City of Saco and the Public Works Department, the streets were clear, dry, and inviting for over 2,200 participants who will raise in excess of $260,000 in the fight against cancer. All proceeds are donated to the Maine Cancer Foundation supporting state-wide cancer programs and translational research.
A big thanks to our incredible fundraising teams led by Team UNUM ($6,192 raised), KJ Cancer Crew ($5,325 raised), and Red Storms Strikes Out Cancer ($2,327 raised). Our top 10 individual fundraisers are as follows:
1. Terri Brown
2. Ken Janson
3. Louis Vire
4. Ed and Laura Gardner
5. Doug Bennett
6. Kelly Stephens
7. Steve Curran
8. Rachel Maher
9. Matthew Libby
10. Rose Marie F Gobeil
The crowning moment of the 20th anniversary celebration was the presentation by Ken Janson, a 16 year volunteer on the Mary’s Walk Planning Committee, during the opening ceremony. Ken was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in the fall of 2016. In 2017, Ken spoke at the opening ceremony as a cancer patient. In 2018, Ken spoke as a cancer survivor! Ken shared his inspirational story with an overflow crowd at the opening ceremony demonstrating how a positive attitude can heal the scars marred by cancer.
I want to again personally extend our thanks to Mark Stevens and Mike Hirschy of CRI-SIL Silicon Technologies of Biddeford for being our presenting sponsor ($20,000). Mark, Mike, and the CRI-SIL team have given the Mary’s Walk sponsorship campaign renewed vigor in the fight against cancer – this year our total sponsorship contribution equals $104,000.
Thornton Academy continues to be a stalwart supporter of Mary’s Walk. Two teachers at Thornton Academy deserve special recognition: David Arenstam, the director of the Kerrymen 5K and our Facebook/media guru, and his wife Teri Arenstam, our director of volunteers, for their unending contribution to the success of the event. This year, as in past years, over 150 TA students volunteered for Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5k supporting their community.
Finally, a shout out to Don Roth, our second year director of the food court. Another sumptuous and free feast for all of our participants. Thanks for a great job Don!
We will be back next year, God willing, so please see us next year for Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5k on our 21st consecutive year on March 24, 2019.
Mary's Walk Celebrates 20 Years
Kim Block paid a visit to a recent Mary's Walk committee meeting and learned more about the history of this event. View the WGME13 video here!
Also be sure to check out the Mary's Walk and Kerrymen 5K feature from the Bangor Daily News. We can't wait to celebrate 20 years with the Mary's Walk community on March 18!
Click here to read about Thornton Academy teacher Eric Marston's history with Mary's Walk and what the event means to him.