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TeamWalk for CancerCare celebrates 20 years with new venue, same charitable mission

TeamWalk for CancerCare will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new venue and date, but the mission remains the same – to support local cancer patients in need.

On Sunday, May 19. TeamWalk 20 is will start and finish at LeLacheur Park, home of the Lowell Spinners. Pre-walk festivities will once again be co-hosted by WCVB Channel 5 Meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon and Boston radio personality Lori Grande.

In 2000, TeamWalk for CancerCare started with 1,800 walkers who raised $280,000 for cancer patients in the Merrimack Valley. Since then, it has grown to become the largest single-day fundraiser in the Merrimack Valley, raising more than $12 million and touching the lives of more than 30,000 cancer patients and their families in the past two decades.

The event started as a way to support patients undergoing treatment at Lowell General Hospital’s Cancer Center, which celebrated its own 20th anniversary last fall. This year’s honorary chairman will be Pat Crane, a retired Lowell General Hospital executive who played a vital role in creating TeamWalk and its mission.

“When we started TeamWalk, we had one goal – to raise funds that would exclusively stay in the Merrimack Valley community to provide financial support to our friends and neighbors as they battle cancer,” she says. “I am so proud of what TeamWalk and the Cancer Center have become.”

There is still time to sign up for this year’s event. To register, visit www.teamwalk.org, where you will also find a listing of the many parties, events and fundraisers that take place year-round to raise money for this great cause.

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