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Despite health insurance and a variety of financial resources for those battling cancer, many rural South Texas families may still lack funds and support as they live with the disease or help loved ones fight the battle.
A hundred percent of the proceeds from a non-profit support organization fundraiser based in La Salle County have for the past four years been distributed among families in communities across the region, in many cases providing the very help that is needed to transport a patient to clinics in San Antonio and Laredo, and often filling the household budget gaps for those committed to the care.
The next annual ‘All Colors’ cancer fundraising walk will be held at Veterans Park in downtown Cotulla from 10 a.m. onwards, Saturday, October 2, with participants coming from across South Texas to show support, raise money and give testimonials.
Event organizer Anna Marroquin said last week that despite restrictions imposed by health and safety protocols of the coronavirus pandemic, supporters came forward in 2020 to continue a fast-developing tradition of ‘All Colors’ cancer support.
This year, Marroquin hopes crowds will again swell as the event develops renown and awareness spreads through communities.
Marroquin says her group began with a goal of helping a small number of families whose loved ones were fighting cancer, as living in a rural community imposed financial burdens related to transportation, access to healthcare resources, and family income.
The many colors of the rally and walk, Marroquin says, represent the different forms of cancer from which friends and loved ones suffer as well as the family groups that come together in the event. Custom-printed t-shirts, memorial banners, flags and color themes are displayed with pride as participants make their walk around the downtown park and along residential streets.
Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite superheroes or to wear colors that are meaningful to them and recognizable as promoting cancer awareness.
“When my family was going through this, taking care of a loved one who was fighting cancer, we recognized that there are many other families that are truly suffering,” Marroquin says. “There are people of all ages among us who hesitate to get tested for cancer because they fear what kind of burden a positive diagnosis will put on their family. As a community and as South Texans, we can’t let that happen. We can’t let families suffer in silence anymore.”
The ‘All Colors’ event begins with testimonials by participants, an opportunity for friends and family as well as cancer patients themselves to discuss their journey through the disease and as caregivers. Speakers are also invited to encourage others to be tested and to be open about their concerns and their ordeal.
The walk itself will kick off at noon. Event planners hope to take advantage of a relaxation in pandemic-related restrictions to allow walkers to follow a route through Cotulla neighborhoods.
Registration for the ‘All Colors’ walk is $20 in advance; t-shirts and medals will be distributed after the walk. Raffle tickets will be offered for further $1 donations, with prizes provided by local sponsors.
Marroquin hopes South Texas residents will nominate cancer patients or their families for portions of the event proceeds. Nominations can be made by email to email@example.com.
Further information, registration and details regarding participation, booth or family tent set-up at the park, public speaking and sponsorship or donations can be found by calling Marroquin at (847) 454-6473.
“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength,” Marroquin prints on the ‘All Colors’ promotional flyers, “but by the strength of his heart.”