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Michelle's Place offers Walk of Hope in support of cancer patients


Last updated 8/10/2018 at 5:04pm

The Michelle's Place Walk of Hope shows community support for caretakers, cancer patients and their families. This year's walk will take place Sunday, Sept. 23.

Halle Kowalewski


For years, Michelle's Place has offered programs and services to aid citizens of Temecula who suffer from breast cancer. Now, they are looking for community support in their aim of serving an even broader community.

On Sept. 23, Michelle's Place will host its second annual Walk of Hope. This 5-kilometer walk will publicize the many programs that the organization offers and will provide local individuals with a support network. It will also raise funds for many of the organization's new programs, which benefit individuals who suffer from any form of cancer.

Participants are encouraged to join fundraising teams, which raise money as a group and walk together on the day of the event. Teams may contain as many members as desired. Last year's most successful team, "Candy Crush," was comprised of 81 members and raised $1,800.

Though this is only the second Walk of Hope that Michelle's Place has hosted, the organization promises to pull out all the stops. A T-shirt cutting station and photo booth will both be set up before the walk. A dog zone, a small grassy area where participants' pets can play during the walk, will also be available. Crimson Crow, a self-described "modern rock and dance band" will be performing before and after the 5k.

Food will also be served. Several Vail Headquarters residents, including smoothie shop Juice It Up, will offer free samples to racers. In the past, racers have been known to arrive early and hold an informal tailgating party in the Vail Headquarters parking lot before the event.

After everyone completes the 5k, an award ceremony will be held. The most prestigious award will be given to the group which raises the most funds. Other awards will go to the best-dressed dog and the best-decorated stroller.

Ashlee Collins, Communications Director of Michelle's Place, said the Walk of Hope will show the community's support for caretakers, cancer patients and their families. "That's who we are and that's what we hope to present to the community. That we are here for everybody."

In addition to fundraising, this event was designed to bring awareness to Michelle's Place and its role in the community.

"People need to know that we're here and that we offer so much more than just a medical environment... It's important that they know that they can come here and that we are a resource," Collins said.

Michelle's Place offers assistance to people with all forms of cancer. They also offer resources such as financial assistance and wigs to all who need it.

When Michelle first envisioned the organization, she imagined a group of people that ensured that "no one would face cancer alone." Michelle's Place is broadening their focus and working on extending their full services to everyone. Collins said that though the shift will be an "undertaking," it has always been part of the plan.

Individuals can support this organization by participating in the Walk of Hope. Other opportunities include selecting Michelle's Place as your charity of choice when shopping on Amazon Smile or donating directly. The organization also welcomes support through volunteer work.

Walk of Hope registration information as well as information about volunteer opportunities can be found at


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