By AMANDA DUONG
The 11th annual Believe Walk that took place in Redlands, CA on Oct. 7 saw a variety of festivities in honor of cancer victims, survivors, and their families. (ELLA FITZGERALD/ Ethic photo)
The Believe Walk celebrated its 11th anniversary on Oct. 7, 2018. The walk was founded in 2008 by Annie Sellas, Nancy Varner and Cathy Stockton, who were all battling cancer at the time. They had founded it in the hope of creating a support system for not only themselves but other cancer victims and their families as well.
The walk honors all cancer survivors, not just breast cancer survivors. The walk is a 5k, beginning on State Street and Orange Street and ending at the Redlands Bowl. This year, there were over 10,000 participants, and the walk raised almost $300,000 for cancer-fighting organizations. One of the event’s main sponsors, Stater Brothers, donated $25,000, and one of the teams, Christina’s Cancer Crushers, raised $4,075, making it the top team.
Before the Believe Walk, there are booths set up along State Street in downtown Redlands. Participants can show their support for different teams, donate and more. Every year, Redlands East Valley High School’s AVID volunteers at the sticker booth by Ed Hales Park to help walkers write down the names of those they were walking for. Corner Bakery Cafe also has a booth on State Street where participants can get food and coupons for their restaurant. Throughout the walk, Stater Brothers had tents set up with water bottles for everyone. Houses along the route also take part in the walk. Some put out water bowls for dogs, others play music and families sit outside to cheer on the walkers.