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September 20, 2013

Purdue Cancer Culture and Community participates in Carry the Torch Walk at Riehle Plaza

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Cancer Culture and Community program is partnering with the Community Cancer Network on its annual Carry the Torch Walk on Sept. 29, coordinating a group of vendors that will provide information and resources for people with cancer.

Hundreds of participants are expected for the family- and stroller-friendly walk, which begins and ends at Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette. Registration begins at 1 p.m., and the walk starts at 3 p.m. Resource booths will be available from 1-6 p.m., when the celebration concludes.

"This is a follow-up to the Look Good/Feel Good community fair we hosted last fall in Lafayette," said event organizer Susan McCreery of the Oncological Sciences Center in Purdue's Discovery Park. "We've invited many of the vendors back to offer information, such as resources for cosmetics, wigs, fitness, wellness and cooking, for people whose lives are touched by cancer."

The Community Cancer Network created the Carry the Torch Walk in 2011 to help raise funds for non-medical needs of people with cancer, such as transportation and groceries. Last year, the event raised $85,000, all of which stayed in the community.

Cancer Culture and Community, part of Discovery Park's Oncological Sciences Center, was founded in 2007 to explore the human response to cancer as conveyed through literature and the arts. Along with hosting an annual colloquium that brings in authors, poets, filmmakers and others, CCC partners with local citizens and community organizations on service and arts projects.

Media Contact: Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133, pfiorini@purdue.edu             

Sources: Kris Swank, CCC operations manager, 765-494-4674, kswank@purdue.edu

Susan McCreery, 765-496-6147, smccreer@purdue.edu

Related websites:

Purdue University Center for Cancer Research

Purdue Research Park