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First 2022 Walk of Hope set for May 22 in Mokena

The first of two Walk of Hope 2022 fundraisers for the Cancer Support Center will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Yunker Park, 10824 W. LaPorte Road in Mokena.

The Cancer Support Center expanded its services from its Homewood location to Mokena to better serve residents of the southwest suburbs. The second Walk of Hope — the Pink-A-Boo Walk of Hope — will be Oct. 2 in Homewood.

The Walk of Hope is the Cancer Support Center’s way to celebrate cancer survivors, support those living with cancer and their caregivers, and honor those who have died.

For the May 22 walk, teams and individuals can opt for a one-mile route or a 5K route. At the end of the walk, supporters will be entertained by Joe “Elvis” Tirrito, and find art projects and vendors, as well as a raffle.


“The Walk of Hope Pinwheel Garden will return this year for walkers to honor survivors or remember ones lost to cancer. Pinwheels are available for purchase online or at the walk for $10 and will be displayed in our Walk of Hope garden,” said Karen Bruck, development manager of special events.

Registration is $35 for those 19 years old and older and $15 for youth ages 5 through 18. Registrants receive a Walk of Hope T-shirt. Registration can be made through the Cancer Support Center website or by phone at 708-995-0363. Online pre-registration is recommended, but day-of registration will be available.

“The incredible joy and energy these survivors and their loved ones bring to the event make the walk amazing. We have found a way to be together and celebrate despite the trauma of cancer, all while raising critical funds to support the life-changing and saving work the center does,” said Sue Armato, executive director.

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