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Annual Linda’s W.I.S.H. 5K set for Oct. 1


ANTHEM – Join the fight against cancer and walk for a cure on Saturday, Oct. 1. Linda’s W.I.S.H. is once again holding a 5K at Ironwood Golf Course in the Anthem Country Club to raise money for both breast cancer research and support programs for cancer patients. You don’t need to be a runner to help the cause. Everyone can join in and participate to their ability level.

“Everyone is welcome, including parents with strollers,” said Linda’s W.I.S.H. volunteer Peni Long in an email interview. “We have participants who are really into the timed event and win medals, and we have those like me who want to participate but mainly enjoy the day, the beautiful golf course and the camaraderie.”

This year is the 15th annual Linda’s W.I.S.H. Last year, 238 people participated, and $15,000 was raised for HonorHealth. Funds raised through this year’s event will also be given to HonorHealth’s breast cancer research and support programs.

“$15,000 was donated to Honor Health Breast Cancer Research and Support to assist in research but also to provide assistance to breast cancer patients for item or counsel they might need and otherwise not be able to afford,” Long said. “The money comes from the enrollments, sponsorships, the coin challenge supported by the high schools and matched by MidFirst Bank, and even an event in another state.”

Linda’s W.I.S.H. began as the Ironwood Walk, raising money for cancer research. Linda Kacmarsky, who had her first fight with cancer in 2000, was an avid supporter of fundraisers like that one. Linda’s mission became finding a cure for cancer, and she participated in many fundraisers, including a 3-day walk in Phoenix. She was known for her caring and support for those struggling with cancer; whatever a patient needed, she would try to help. Linda passed away in 2010, after another battle with cancer, but her memory and her mission live on in Linda’s W.I.S.H.

Volunteer Long noted that she has been involved with the effort from the beginning, 15 years ago.

“That evolved into support for the Anthem team who participated in the 3-day Susan G Komen event in Phoenix, then became Linda's WISH, named for Frank's wife Linda who fought and eventually lost her battle with breast cancer,” Long said via email. “Frank estimates that through the years we have collectively raised more than a million dollars.”

To register for the Linda’s W.I.S.H. 5K, visit Registration fees include race participation; event ‘bibs’ with timing chips with immediate results at finish line; a Linda’s W.I.S.H. string backpack; a wellness area with professional massage and stretch therapy; bottled water at intervals along the course, and a light continental breakfast, served at the conclusion of the 5K. The top three of all age classes for men, boys, women, and girls will receive a medal. Event shirts will be offered to registrants, while supplies last.

Help fulfill Linda Kacmarksy’s wish to find a cure and join in this fight against cancer – one step at a time.

Register for the race online at