Windsong Breast Care was proud to once again sponsor and be a part of the annual Mother’s Day tradition in Lockport. Many local organizations and individuals came out to show their support for their loved ones that have been affected by breast cancer. Donations from the walk help women in active cancer treatment have options to restore their self-image and help cope with the appearance related side effects. In addition, donations from the walk fund Mary’s Wig Room at the local American Cancer Society Office. The wig room is stocked with wigs for patients in need of a FREE WIG!
Every Mother’s Day for the past 19 years, walkers have gathered at the Erie Canal Towpath. Some as breast cancer survivors, some in memory of those who didn’t survive, and all possessed of a single purpose.
The walk is one of the legacies of Mary Marvin, who started the Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Canal Walk in 1996, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Marvin started the walk along with the help of several others facing breast cancer. Marvin was deemed cancer-free for two years after going through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, but later was stricken with liver and bone cancer, passing away from the disease in 1998. Her sister and brother-in-law, Rebecca and Jack Florio have kept the walk going in her memory, raising over $400,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Wig Room since its inception.