Ithaca’s Waterfront Trail was a celebration Saturday, Oct. 5, for the Cancer Resource Center’s annual Walkathon and 5K. Participants sported pink and colorful gear, musicians along the way filled the route with music, and in total about 830 people turned out to support the local organization that makes sure people affected by cancer do not face it alone.
This year, the nonprofit organization is celebrating a big milestone — 25 years in the community. Its annual Walkathon and 5K has become a key fundraiser over the years, contributing to a third of their operating budget. In 1994, an awareness walk raised just over $4,000. This year, the event brought in $178,000, according to Marilee Murphy, executive director of the Cancer Resource Center.