Amy’s Fund

A beautiful blue sky inspired us us today at the annual Amy’s Fund 5K Run and 2.2K Walk in Northeast Philadelphia. The run/walk in memory of Amy Kligge Vengels  took place at Holy Family University.

Amy died in December of 2004 as a result of cervical cancer.

Amy’s Fund began in 2005 and has grown to keep raising awareness, emphasizing prevention and raising money for research into several cancers affecting women.

Money raised this day will support the Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  Thanks go to Lisa Perfidio and Dr. Sarah Kim from Fox Chase. They are making the world a happier place.

Gratitude is expressed, too, to students from Holy Family University who volunteered their time, and thanks to all the participants, runners and walkers.

But special thanks go to Amy’s mother, Denise, her whole family, and Amy’s husband, Dave, and his family.  Before she passed away Amy hoped that her work and openness would save a life.  Amy you have done much more.

Efforts like these by Amy’s family and friends, by the Mummers earlier, and others make a difference.   I want to say thanks as well to the students at Council Rock High School South and all the dancers from the Philadelphia region to who helped raise money last month at the “Dance for a Cure.”  I had fun emceeing their good works.  All you have to do is talk to the physicians and researchers who have seen the success stories and who hold out hope for what is on the horizon to know that these efforts  are important.

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