Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation recently hosted the second annual Buddy Walk, reinforcing the theme “everybody needs a buddy” during a fight with cancer.

Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation recently hosted the second annual Buddy Walk, reinforcing the theme “everybody needs a buddy” during a fight with cancer.

The walk was held on Saturday, Sept. 26, on the Healthy Way Fitness Trail in Hannibal, and saw over 200 individuals and 50 dogs supporting the event. Leading the walk were Mary Dunaway, of Shelbina, and her dog, Buddy. Participants enjoyed a walk around the Healthy Way Fitness Trail, professional photographs with their buddies and a water station staffed by the James E. Cary Cancer Center team. All funds raised from the event supported the James E. Cary Cancer Center.

When Dunaway was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2013, she began a journey that changed her life and reinforced her strong belief that when trials come, “everybody needs a buddy.” Upon diagnoses, Mary turned to the James E. Cary Cancer Center in Hannibal for her cancer treatments.

Throughout her treatments, she received support from the Cancer Center staff, family, friends and her golden retriever, Buddy. Mary helps people remember that everybody needs a buddy when they face cancer. A great crowd came out to unite in the fight against cancer and support Mary, Buddy, and all those in the area fighting cancer.

To learn more about the Foundation or the James E. Cary Cancer Center, log on to hrhf.org or call (573)629-3577.