Walk of Hope presents funds to cancer nonprofits

Local cancer organizations got a boost in funds thanks to walking. The Johnstown Walk of Hope, a fund created through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, on Friday presented $26,000 to four area cancer nonprofits in support of their mission to assist patients and families in Cambria and Somerset counties who have a cancer diagnosis.

The inaugural walk was held June 4 at Greater Johnstown High School’s Trojan Stadium with 750 people participating. It raised over $33,000.

“Our goal is to raise awareness through cancer education, provide emotional support for our patients and families, and ultimately provide financial support for those who are in need,” said Marlene Singer, chairwoman of the walk.

A $5,010 check was presented to the UPMC John P. Murtha Regional Cancer Center’s Patient Assistance Fund to help with travel, gas, food and medication costs.

The 1889 Foundation, which supports the Conemaugh Cancer Care Center, received $6,025 to be used for patient meals during treatments, medications and nutritional supplements.

A $7,310 check was presented to the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center at Chan Soon-Siong Medical Center at Windber in support of its Pink Ribbon Care Fund, which helps uninsured patients with care needs.

Children Are Precious, a newly created Community Foundation for the Alleghenies fund to assist local families who have children receiving cancer treatments, received $7,655.

Singer said that although it is called the Johnstown Walk of Hope, the event reaches beyond the city. “This is for patients in all counties who come here for treatment and help,” she said.

“We want everyone to know who donated — whether it was $1, $10 or $100 — where their money is going and that we are committed to keeping this going and making the walk bigger and better every year.”

Those interested in donating to the Johnstown Walk of Hope fund can do so throughout the year at by going to and clicking on the Donate button.

By Kelly Urban (