Walkers don tiaras for fundraiser stroll

More than 250 people turned out at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Harbour Sunday morning to support the ‘Sneakers and Tiaras’ walk to raise funds for medical expenses for brain tumor sufferer Mary ‘Meg’ Bodden, pictured, fourth adult from right, and to raise awareness of the disease for Brain Tumour Month. – PHOTO: JEWEL LEVY

Dogs, children and adults, wearing everything from tiaras to tutus, were out in force Sunday morning to participate in a fundraising fun walk.

To show their support for Mary “Meg” Bodden, who has a brain tumor, some 250 people turned up for the “Sneakers and Tiaras” fun walk event, which took place from the Holiday Inn in Crystal Harbour to the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, said event organizer Jenique Smith.

Standing at the finish line and encouraging walkers with claps, Ms. Bodden said she was delighted that so many had shown up to give her their support.

“Please don’t stop doing it ‘cause we all need you … we are all one, and no one fights through these things alone,” she said.

Ms. Bodden works in the women’s ministry at the First Baptist Church. The funds will go toward helping her with medical expenses as she travels overseas for medical treatment.

“It was just a fun creative walk I started to make a difference in the community, and the turnout was absolutely amazing,” said Ms. Smith. “All the funds raised through the event will go towards the cause.”

Ms. Smith is planning to hold the event annually and to pick a person in the local community each year who needs help and support.

“This year, we are so happy we could benefit Miss Meg who is suffering from a brain tumor. I was in church one day and overheard Miss Meg’s testimony about her disease and wanted to do something to help,” she said.

The event also supports brain tumor awareness month in May.