‘Walk on Sunshine’ raises awareness and funds for brain tumor research

Participants walk in Queeny Park during a previous ‘Walking on Sunshine’ held by St. Louis Chapter Hadassah. 

St Louis Chapter Hadassah will hold its 8th annual Suzy Esstman’s Walk On Sunshine Sunday, June 2 to raise funds to help find a cure for brain tumors.  This family-oriented community-wide event will take place at Queeny Park (off Weidman Road) in Ballwin, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m.  

The event was the idea of local community activist and friend, Suzy Esstman, who at the time was living with an inoperable brain tumor and wanted to help raise awareness and research funds for the disease. Sadly, Esstman passed away in 2007.  Since then, however, new protocols and diagnostic tools have been developed using the proceeds from the past seven walks.  Past walks have attracted over 700 attendees.

 “This walk is really a way for us to make a lot of noise about the subject of brain tumors, as well as to have a lot of ‘big fun’, one of Suzy Esstman’s favorite expressions,” said Diane Maier, co-founder of Walk on Sunshine.  St. Louis University, a sponsor of the walk, will be providing free health screenings. Ben & Jerry’s will be serving free ice cream and entertainment will be featured. The walk is suitable for strollers and pets; all ages are encouraged to attend. 

Information and online registration may be found at www.WalkOnSunshine.org or by calling 314-991-0434.

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