Teacher to show support for survivor, friend through walk

MIFFLINTOWN – Almost everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Lindsey Walter, a teacher at Thompsontown-Delaware Elementary School, will walk May 4 and 5 in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C., to support and recognize a friend and co-worker who beat the disease.

Walter said Annette Haines, a second grade teacher at TDES, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. In an email to school district employees, Walter described her as an outgoing, loving woman and a dedicated, inspiring teacher who cares deeply for her students.

Since her diagnosis, Walter said Haines has been cancer-free for almost one year.

“Had Annette not beaten breast cancer, I would not have been given the chance to learn so much from her,” Walters said about her mentor.

In appreciation of Haines’ guidance, Walter said she will walk 39.3 miles in her name.

“I thought it would be a nice thing to do to show her how much she means to me … how important it is to have someone like her in my life,” Walter said.

She will be joined during the walk by her mother, Gordenia Wise, also marching in Haines’ name.

To participate, Walter said walkers must raise $1,800 each. According to her fundraising website, the money is managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care, fund educational programs and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures for breast cancer. Since her mother is walking with her, their fundraising goal totals $3,600.

To help raise money for the event, Wise is sponsoring a craft bingo at 4 p.m. April 20 at the McClure fire hall. The games will feature a number of items from her business, Dena’s Quilts and Crafts, as well as other craft donations. Walter said items include handmade wall hangings, shelves, picture frames, spring wreaths, a picnic basket set, a quilt and more. A Chinese auction will be held during the bingo.

Cost of tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Walter said she is also holding a Hoss’s Community Night Fundraiser on April 24 at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House in Lewistown. Vouchers are available at The Point Store in McClure, Benner’s Butcher Shoppe in Thompsontown and Mexico Market in Mexico. When diners present their voucher, Hoss’s will donate 20 to 25 percent of the check to Walter.

“Any help from the community would be so much appreciated,” Walter said, adding that helping her participate in the event is a way to show support for those whose lives have been touched by cancer. “I’ll do the walking, I just need everyone else’s support financially.”

Walter said she has never done anything like the Avon walk before and looks forward to the camaraderie at the event.

For more information, bingo tickets or Hoss’s vouchers, email Lindsey Walter at lindseywalter30@outlook.com. Donations can also be made directly to Walter’s fund by visiting www.avonwalk.org. Hover over “See Your Impact” in the top navigation bar, and click “Donate Now” to search Walter’s donation page.