Linda’s Wish
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Making strides and keeping a legacy alive

Savannah Tidd ~ 9/17/2014

ANTHEM – Walk. Run. Make a difference. Whatever the method, whatever the motivation – make a difference.

Linda’s W.I.S.H. 5k breast cancer run/walk fundraiser at Ironwood golf course in Anthem, on Saturday, Sept. 27, is a chance to make an impact.

This event that started in 2001 by Peni Long has grown under the vision and guidance of a team originally started in 2004 to walk the Susan G. Komen AZ 3- day 60 mile breast cancer walk.  This team was founded by four women who wanted to contribute their time, efforts, and money to take action. One of those women, Linda Kacmarsky, co-founder, was able to expand the small team from single digits to over 350 people. 

The team strove to gain more support and funds for the cause. However, in the fight against cancer, one of their own was lost in the battle. 

In December 2010, Linda passed away from uterine cancer. Despite the solemn news, Carol Stacy and Dy Morgan, co-founders, vowed to carry on Linda’s wish: a wish to keep moving forward and making progress in helping to find a cure for cancer.

Since that sad day in December, the event was named in her honor, and Carol and Dy have made it their mission to keep fighting against cancer through fundraising and events such as Linda’s W.I.S.H.

All money raised will go towards John C. Lincoln breast health and research center. The focus is not only on raising money, but also improving one’s personal health.

In order to sign up for the event, go to The fee is $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Whatever the method, whatever the motivation – make a difference.