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May 03, 2010
11,000 join Champions Fighting Cancer Walk in Brockton - Thousands Participate in Brockton Cancer Walk

By Maria Papadopoulos
Enterprise Staff Writer


BROCKTON — Alison Neas walked for miles in Brockton on Sunday with her late mother on her mind the entire way.

Her mother, Susan Quill, of East Bridgewater, died of ovarian cancer last year, Neas said. She was 60. “I have her shirt on, her pin, her bracelet,” Neas, 38, of East Bridgewater, said, her eyes brimming with tears, as she walked with others on West Elm Street. “It’s bringing her memory alive again. We do it every year for that.” She was among more than 11,000 walkers who took part in the 11th annual Champions Fighting Cancer Walk on Sunday.

Residents from communities across the region, including Brockton, Raynham, Taunton, Whitman, Plymouth, East Bridgewater, and Easton participated. The annual walk raises money for Signature Healthcare cancer programs and the Chrystine M. Sullivan Memorial Foundation.

The 4.3-mile walk began at Brockton High School and finished at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. Proceeds from this year’s walk will go toward rebuilding and modernizing the hospital’s radiation therapy department and caring for cancer patients, hospital officials said.

A total of $180,000 had been raised for the walk by Sunday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said. Organizers expected some more donations to trickle in this week.

Last year, Signature Healthcare installed a new digital mammography system at its 110 Liberty St. location, paid for by walk donations, according to the hospital. Carl Froio, 43, of Whitman walked the entire 4.3-mile route with his wife, Tracey, 34, and their son, Aaron, 6.

His father, Vinny Froio, died of lung cancer at age 66 last year, he said. “This is a good way to give back to the community, for what the community did while my dad was in hospice,” Froio said.


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