Registration open for Bellingham walk to support brain cancer research

The second annual Bellingham Brain Cancer Walk: Hannah’s Walk for the Cure will take place this Saturday, May 30, at Civic Field.

This year’s walk will raise money for the nonprofit Chris Elliott Fund, which seeks to shorten the gap of time between a patient’s brain cancer diagnosis and when they receive advanced treatment and enrollment into clinical trials.

The walk, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is being carried on by students and community volunteers as a legacy left by Hannah Dashiell.

Dashiell was a senior at Squalicum High School and had planned to put on the event last spring as a service-learning project before she was killed in a car accident Jan. 5, 2014. She had planned the walk as a tribute to her grandfather, Jerry Jerowski, who died from brain cancer. The event now honors Hannah’s memory, in addition to raising funds to fight the disease.

Online registration costs $25 per walker and can be done through May 29 at chriselliottfund.org/events/2015-bellingham-brain-cancer-walk.

People can also register the day of the walk starting at 10 a.m. at Civic Field. Day-of registration is $35. Patients walk for free.

The non-competitive walk will feature live music, a kid’s zone, and speeches, as well as an honor tent where people can post photos and messages for survivors or in honor of those they have lost to the disease.

Hannah’s dad, Dennis Dashiell, who works in Western Washington University’s Human Resources department, said in an announcement that the continuation of the walk was what Hannah would have wanted.

“The hope and community engagement of the Bellingham Brain Cancer walk is exactly what Hannah wanted to see in honor of her Grandpa Jerry. Hannah was such a blessing to this world,” he said. “It makes Jeannette, Maddy and I so proud to see that she continues to inspire others. The walk really is her true positive light and energy.”

More information from organizers can be found at facebook.com/seattlebraincancerwalkbellingham.