The 15th Annual Walk for Hope will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Halifax County Fairgrounds to benefit Halifax County Cancer Association and cancer patients in Halifax County.

A goal has been set to raise $80,000, according to Sharon Blosser, HCCA director, and when that goal is met, several known faces plan to kiss a pig.

Community partners who plan to kiss a pig are Jason Studley, president of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, Mitzi McCormick, president of Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, Carl Espy, town manager for the town of Halifax, and Virginia State Trooper David Clark.

“Give your donations to help cancer patients in Halifax County and to help these community partners kiss a pig,” said Blosser.

Donations also can be made online at www.hccahope.org.

To start off the day, Jennifer Cole will announce sponsors at 8:50 a.m. followed by opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. with a prayer, JROTC presenting flags and saying the Pledge of Allegiance and Kirsten Wellons singing the National Anthem.

A welcome and introduction of services offered by the cancer association will follow, and Blosser will then announce for cancer survivors to take the first lap.

Everyone attending is asked to stand around the walking circle to honor the survivors.

Survivors are expected to start the first lap at 9:15 a.m.

The schedule for the remainder of the day includes:

w 9:30 to 10 a.m.: Special music 

w 10 to 10:15 a.m.: Speaker Marcella Featherston

w 10:15 to 10:30 a.m.: Theater arts drama team cancer skit           

w 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.: We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy

w 10:50 to 11 a.m.: Lee Smith signing his original song “Never Give Up”

w 11 to 11:30 a.m.: Fun dances and contest  

w 11:30 to 11:45 a.m.: Speaker    

w 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Special music      

w 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.: We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy

w 12:45 p.m.: Final words to crowd and thank sponsors

w 1 p.m.: Kiss a pig 

The theatre arts class, led by teacher Devin Hall, has prepared a skit about how cancer impacts a community when a teen is diagnosed with cancer. 

The day will be filled with music, testimonies, kids activities, fellowship, food and fun.

Food vendors will have available hot dogs, nachos, snacks and other tasty treats.

Children activities will include train rides, face painting, temporary tattoos, pick a duck and a bounce house. For a $5 donation, a child can participate in these activities all day.

HCCA will be selling pinwheel flowers for $5. Persons may purchase a flower in honor or memory of a patient, and a “Garden of Hope” will be on the lawn of Beth Car Baptist Church in Halifax from Saturday to Oct. 1. Participants may pick their flowers up at the HCCA office after Oct. 1.

The Centra Mammocoach will be at the Walk for Hope from 7:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Any woman over the age of 40 who has not had a mammogram in the last year or been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last 10 years is eligible to have a diagnostic mammogram at the Walk for Hope. There are a limited number of appointments for uninsured women. Interested persons may call HCCA at 434-476-2714 to register.

New this year the Sentara Halifax Mobile Medicine Bus will be at the walk to provide cholesterol and blood glucose screenings. Sentara Halifax Mobile Medicine Bus is a fully equipped mobile medical office.  Ones does not need to register to get cholesterol or blood glucose checked, just stop by the Mobile Medicine office at the Walk for Hope, according to Blosser.

Also on Saturday, an individual or a team may support a family member, friend and loved one battling cancer who lives in Halifax County by forming a team. No team is too large, and it could be a school, church, neighborhood, work place, etc., Blosser explained.

Individuals and teams are urged to raise as much as possible, and half of everything raised will be used to assist a chosen recipient with their cancer related medical bills, mortgage, rent, electric, water, heating or oil bill in patients or legal guardian’s name.   

The other half of funds raised will go to support all cancer patients in Halifax County who receive services from Halifax County Cancer Association with items such as gas vouchers for travel, medication assistance, nutritional supplements, wigs, bras and other cancer related expenses.

Envelopes for the 15th Annual Walk for Hope can be picked up at The Gazette Virginian, Hite Insurance, Gregory Florist, Eclipse Hair Studio, The Scissor Shack and Halifax County Cancer Association office at 29 South Main Street Halifax. 

For more information about HCCA, call 434-476-2714. 

“Bring a lawn chair, enjoy the music, food and fun and support the cancer patients of Halifax County,” Blosser said.