A group of Yates County community members passionate about cancer support services have come together to raise money and awareness for people in our community.
Community members Dawn and Marty Shipman, Dusty Baker, Ron Miller, Pat Moravec, Kevin and Cindy Murphy, Alicia Parkurst and Jon Wormuth put their heads together to develop a new plan.
This event called “Hope Walk of Yates County” will be held on the last Saturday of August (August 25th, 2018) from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the fields behind the Yates Recreational & Resource Center to raise money for cancer support services.
We are a group of Yates County community members working to support those in our community who face the burden of cancer.
The Hope Walk of Yates County is a local, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to assisting Yates County residents who suffer with cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.
Pat Moravec, Ron Miller, Dawn Shipman and Marty Shipman
Alicia Parkhurst, Dawn Shipman, Pat Moravec, Dusty Baker, Kevin Murphy, Ron Miller, Jon Wormuth, Marty Shipman and Cindy Murphy.
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.
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".
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.
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.