Romping to raise funds to fight cancer

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Grateful couple: Dyer resident and breast cancer survivor Chiara Andrzejewski (right) and her husband, Edward, are among the walkers who came out to support the Cancer Resource Centre at the annual Romp and Roll fundraiser. | Supplied photo

“It’s all about healing,” said Dyer resident and breast cancer survivor Chiara Andrzejewski, who came out to support the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster at the annual Romp and Roll fundraiser.

“One year ago, I had my surgery with Dr. Pellar and afterward I went to the Cancer Resource Centre for support. They helped me out with the questions I had. Being with someone who knew it and went through it really did help,” she says. “Now it’s my turn to give back.”

The annual walk and fun run brings cancer patients and those who love them together to take steps toward a cure and benefit a great cause.

Romp and Roll Chairman Dr. Russell Pellar, MD, explained, “Everybody wants to remember someone who has cancer or they want to be with someone who has fought cancer. We all come together once a year to think about this illness and to do our part as a community to help find a cure.”

Chairman of the Cancer Resource Centre Advisory Board M. Nabil Shabeeb, MD, said it’s a great way to get involved and make a difference. Since 2001 — the very first year — some $1.2 million has been raised for programs and services.

“All of the money raised goes directly to the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster,” Shabeeb said. “The Centre — which is a program of the Community Cancer Research Foundation — is funded from donations and grants, in-kind donations and volunteer support. Services to cancer patients and their families and friends are free of charge.”

The 10th annual Romp and Roll Walk & Fun Run is set to kick off at noon Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Munster High School football field. Teams are forming now. To get involved, go to www.rompandroll.org or call 219.836.3349.

Provided by Community Healthcare System