By HOWARD BALABAN email@example.com
Medina Journal-Register — Record attendance is expected at this year’s Kinghts-Kaderli Walk Run.
The event, marking its 25th anniversary this year, had around 300 participants last year, but one of the organizers said about 500 are anticipated for Saturday’s festivities.
“We’re using the same venue, but we are moving the fire truck out and using the whole hall this year,” said Melissa Knights-Bertrand of the location, the East Shelby Fire Hall.
Knights Bertrand said the event has been a “wonderful thing for the community with a really great turnout” over the years. To mark the milestone anniversary, she said one donor is making sheetcakes as part of a celebration. A new logo for the event has also been created.
The walk run includes lunch for its runners and walkers, as well as a 50-50 raffle, a Chinese auction, and an assortment of door prizes. Knights Bertrand noted the big door prize this year is a tablet.
Prizes are awarded to racers who finish at the top of their respective race classes. Race classes are male and female, runner and walker. Prizes are also given to the top three fundraisers, and there are prizes for children’s classes as well.
The Richard Knights-Sue Kaderli Walk Run is a combined effort of two families. In 1994, Richard Knights passed away from cancer and the Knights family began an memorial fund. For five years prior to that, the family of Sue Kaderli had held a memorial walk in her honor.
“Until 1994 both our families just donated money we raised to various cancer charities,” Knights Bertrand said. “In 1994 we merged their walk with our fund.”
Along with the signature event, a number of different families hold annual fundraisers for the Knights-Kaderli Fund. There is also a golf tournament in June, and the Vicknair family hosts the Pink Crystal Ball in the spring.
All the money raised helps cancer patients in Orleans County, Knights Bertrand said, with the only caveat that the person live in the county and be currently undergoing treatment.
“We help with copays, we help with nutritional supplements,” Knights Bertrand said. “We help 25 to 50 people a year.” Since its inception, the walk run has raised over $200,000, she added.
This year’s walk run registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with race time slated for 11 a.m. There is a $20 registration fee, and that includes a free t-shirt and lunch. It is possible to preregister online at knightskaderli.com or on the race’s Facebook page.
Also on Saturday, tickets will be available for the 10th annual Zinkievich Wine Tasting, scheduled for Nov. 9 at the Medina Fire Hall.