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Johnstown Walk of Hope

Hundreds of people gathered at Trojan’s Stadium Saturday morning for the “Johnstown Walk of Hope” where over $65,000 was raised for those who need it most.

The Heinrich Family has been walking in the “Johnstown Walk of Hope” since it began in 2016, but this year they have an extra special motivation. Rob Heinrich of Team Susie saying: “This year, we lost our Aunt Susie to pancreatic cancer just a few weeks ago. Susie was a wonderful person full of light and smiles and always found the humor in everything.”

So, this year they walked for her. Their Team and about 30 others raised over $65,000 — surpassing their $55,000 Goal — to help local families just like them. Marlene Singer, Coordinator of the Johnstown Walk of Hope saying: “One of the things we were adamant about was that every penny that we raise, and all the proceeds would stay local.”

The funds help Patients receiving care at Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center, Conemaugh Cancer Center, and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Singer adding: “The walk is in Johnstown, but it helps patients throughout Cambria, Somerset, and Bedford County, because all of those patients are coming to Johnstown for care.”

Coordinator Marlene Singer said this helps ease the financial burden Cancer places on Families, adding: “When they get behind in medical bills, or a medication is prescribed that isn’t covered completely by insurance, and it really is a hardship for them, they look for all of the different avenues that can help them. The Walk of Hope is one of those avenues.” To help people like Aunt Susie — and her loving Family — who will now forever walk in her light.

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