In the early fall of 2015, a group of community members, passionate about cancer support services in Yates County, came together to raise money and awareness for people in our community. In the past, 100% of all money raised has been sent out of Yates County. With that information in hand Dusty Baker, Ron Miller, Pat Moravec, Kevin Murphy, Cindy Murphy, Alicia Parkhurst, Dawn Shipman, and Marty Shipman put their heads together to develop a new plan to ensure the money raised stayed in Yates County for those in our community who need cancer support.
In 2016 the 1st relay type event called “The Hope Walk” was held with huge success. Over the next three years, the Hope Walk of Yates County has added several additional services to its program. Services such as issuing Grants to Yates County residents (up to $500) to help cover the medical cost associated with cancer, hair care service, head covering service, up to 6 months membership at the Yates Community Center, one private session with a personal trainer, gas assistance, cancer screening, assistance to find healthcare, and cancer support groups.
This event called “The Hope Walk” will be held on the 4th Saturday of August starting at 3:00 pm ending at 11:00 pm at the fields behind the Yates Recreational & Resource Center to raise money for cancer support services in Yates County.
We are a group of Yates County community members working to support those in our community who face the burden of cancer.
Due to the generous support from our community, we can now provide help and hope to cancer patients, survivors, their families, and caregivers by providing financial, emotional, spiritual and social programs.
Assistance is available for any resident living in Yates County currently receiving treatments for cancer that needs personal or financial assistance.
In Need of Assistance?
Please download the Grant Form by clicking on the link below. Fill out the form and send it back to us. We are currently offering up to $500.00 grants.
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Ron Miller is a retired teacher having taught for 36 years at Dundee Central School. He is presently a real estate agent in his 21st year. As a cancer survivor the mission of the Hope Walk of Yates County is very dear to his heart. Raising funds to assist cancer patients and caregivers in Yates County reflects Ron’s motto of "working together we can make a difference".
Pat grew up on Grand Island, NY and moved to Penn Yan in 1975. She is married, has four children and two grandchildren. Pat is retired from Barney Moravec, Inc. She is co-treasurer of the Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Assoc. Cancer struck her family in 1976 when she lost her mother to colon cancer. Like most people, she has had other family members and close friends affected by this terrible disease. Pat volunteers with the Hope Walk of Yates County so local residents who are fighting this disease can get the support that they need.
Dawn is a transplant to Penn Yan over 30 years ago, yet she is more PENNYANIAN than her husband who was born and raised here. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and has been volunteering in the community since 2005. Recently she became a Certified Group Fitness instructor and teaches at the YCRR. Dawn developed a strong devotion to help Yates County residents currently fighting cancer. Dawn herself is a Cancer survivor. This past April (2017) Dawn celebrated her fifth year of remission from Triple Negative Breast Cancer Stage 2. Dawn’s goal is to make a difference in her community by efficiently and effectively stewarding the dollars raised through Hope Walk of Yates County and to embrace all who fight the fight.
Marty is a family man who believes in giving back to the community where he was born and raised. Penn Yan is his home town where he and his wife Dawn raised their family. He is a businessman, Certified Financial coach, peace officer and is incapable of pitching anything he himself doesn’t whole hardly believe in. While being the caregiver for his wife while she was battling cancer Marty saw a need for those in that role. Being a caregiver can be overwhelming mentally, physically and financially. Where the unique blend of leadership, vision and knowledge, his goals for the Hope walk of Yates County is to empower others to become change makers within their community.
Kim Fultz is a local girl in the truest meaning of the word. Born in the Penn Yan area her family later settled in Dundee where she graduated from Dundee Central School. After their marriage, Kim and her husband Kevin made the decision to make Dundee area their home as well. Just like so many in Yates County cancer has affected Kim and her family. Kim is a breast cancer survivor and has lost several family members to the disease. She is a registered nurse and has always thrived on giving back to the community that has always been there for her. Kim is looking forward to assisting patients and their families in our community by educating them about the services the Hope Walk provides. She believes wholeheartedly in the holistic approach, (it takes a village).
Vickie Dornberger born and raised in the Penn Yan area and has lived in Yates County, most of her adult life. Currently retired, She spent her professional life as a Speech-Language Pathologist and as Director of the Arc of Yates Day Habilitation program. Like many residents of Yates County, Vicki has experienced a variety of ways cancer can affect family and friends. Vickie and her husband George (who is a cancer survivor) both volunteer on several committees of the Hope Walk of Yates County. She hopes to do all she can to help members of our community deal with this disease.
Kevin was born in Washington, DC and moved to the Penn Yan area in 1984. He enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music and is a member of the Drum Club in Geneva, NY. Like most people, he has had a number of beloved family members and friends affected by this terrible disease. Kevin has a passion for helping people any way he can. He volunteers with the Hope Walk of Yates County to help local residents and to give back to the community.
Cindy was originally from Waterloo, NY, and moved to the Penn Yan area in 1984. She has had a number of beloved family members affected by cancer including both parents. Her strong passion for helping others is the main force behind her decision to make the health profession her life. She had been involved with other cancer fund raising avenues in prior years as well, making Cindy a perfect fit for the Hope Walk of Yates County. Cindy is married to Kevin (who also volunteers with the Hope Walk) and has one son Sean who has also been active with other cancer related fund raising.
Alicia was born and raised in Penn Yan, NY. Like many residents in our community her family has been affected by cancer. When she was a teenager her father was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. It was a long hard battle that unfortunately the family did not win. Alicia’s family could not have made it without the constant support of their family, friends and the community. She became involved with the Hope Walk of Yates County because she wanted to help support those within our community affected by this terrible disease. Alicia walks and fights in the memory of her father and is hopeful that this community can make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.
John was born and raised in Penn Yan, NY. Like many residents in our community he has had a number of beloved family members affected by cancer including his father-in-law and niece. With over 37 years of dedicated employment at the Tops Supermarket John has built a unique and deep relationship with the residents and citizens of Yates County. John has been volunteering in the community since 2000. He became involved with the Hope Walk of Yates County because he saw a need. John uses his talents as a DJ to provide entertainment for the event.
Machelle was born in Troy, Ohio, and moved back to the Dundee area when her Dad’s Air Force term was up. She went to Cazenovia, NY, for college before returning home to raise her family. Cancer first struck the family when her Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. More recently, her Dad sadly lost his courageous battle with this horrible disease. Her daughters, Ashley and Alyssa, were there helping their grandparents each fight their battles. Machelle is looking forward to helping outpatients and families in the area with her childhood friend Mary Sotir and her husband Todd.
Hailey Trank believes that change happens when people put aside their differences and focus on something bigger than themselves. A native of the Yates County area with much pride and love for her community evident in all the volunteering she does, including the Hope Walk of Yates County (HWYC). Hailey has been an active participant in the Hope Walk of Yates County since the first “Hope Walk” in 2016. Now she serves on several (HWYC) committees to help with the planning of the annual event. Currently a student at the Penn Yan Central School District (2018-2019), Hailey has been active in sports, drama club, National Junior Honor Society, and an honor student.
Addy Yonts enjoys helping the community because she likes to know that she is creating a positive impact. From kindergarten, she has made volunteering an essential aspect of her life. Addy participates in programs like Milly’s Pantry Backpack Program, Keuka Food Pantry, the annual Thanksgiving Dinners, and the Hope Walk of Yates County (HWYC). A member of the Hope Walk Heroes since 2016, a team that represents youth at the annual “Hope Walk.” Formally a team captain, she now serves on several (HWYC) committees to help with the planning of the yearly event. Addy, a current Penn Yan Central School District student, plays sport such as lacrosse, soccer, and basketball when she is not helping the community and the people in it.