12th Annual Walk with a Friend Enormous Success

Over 1,200 participants celebrated the 12th Annual Walk with a Friend on April 28th, 2012 at Maryville Centre, raising over $45,000 for Friends!

This event has become a favortie for the families who benefit from the Friends programs. Live music, great food, face painters, balloon artists, and many other attractions are just some of the reasons our families keep coming back year after year. Many of the participants came from family teams, which give family and friends of kids battling cancer an opportunity to show their support.

Duke Realty, who also donates office space to the organization, provided the venue at Maryville Centre. First Watch served up a complimentary breakfast of fresh fruit, muffins, yogurt parfaits and even waffles fresh off the griddle. Both were major sponsors of the event. Kids enjoyed a visit from Louie of the St. Louis Blues amidst carnival games, a moon bounce and a vintage fire truck on display.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors who made this possible, and most of all to the family teams who came out in droves this year. That is what makes both this charity, and this event so special! Also, this would not have been possible without the hard work of our committee, including co-chairs Chuck McDonnal and Deborah Patterson, along with the irreplaceable Kris Kennedy and our volunteer man, Mike Roberson.