ZANESVILLE, Ohio- A local group is being recognized for the amount of work the members have done in the fight against cancer.
Woodland Weasels Walking for a Cure is a group of people who walk with lanterns to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society every year since 2009. The group is being given an award for Outstanding Efforts by the L.L.S. Team Captain James Stafford said they were able to raise over $16,000 last year. He said Weasel Boy was a huge part of their success.
“Our small team, we weren’t raising a lot of money so we reached out to Weasel Boy Brewing. Lori and Jay are friends of our and we asked if they could hold it here to help out and that really pushed out our fundraising efforts,” said Stafford.
Stafford said he started walking because a close friend of his was diagnosed with Leukemia. He said walking and raising money was the group’s way of supporting his friend. Stafford said the walk ever year shows the community is always there to help.
“It affected my wife and I, our friend being sick, you just think about your little world, and then you go down there and there are all kinds of teams that come together to support their friend or family or acquaintances, co-workers. It’s just cool to see that’s a lot of caring in one spot,” said Stafford.
Stafford said all the support in incredible and his friend has been cancer free for three years. The next fundraiser, at Weasel Boy, will be near the end of the summer. There will be a silent auction, door prizes, and much more. The Light the Night Walk this year is scheduled for September 20th.