The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center announces their largest annual fundraiser, the Perennial Walk and Ride to Thrive — a cycling and walking event through scenic Nashoba Valley on Sunday, Oct. 6, kicking off from the Harvard Public Library at 4 Pond Road, Harvard. All proceeds from the Perennial Walk and Ride to Thrive support educational programs and integrative therapies for those affected by cancer — men, women, and caregivers, regardless of prognosis.

Arlington resident and Healing Garden client Carol Bell is participating in the event as a walker.

“I am participating in the 5K Perennial Walk and Ride to Thrive to raise awareness and support for the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center. Having been personally affected by a cancer diagnosis I know first-hand the stressors and challenges that come with this diagnosis,” Bell said. “The Healing Garden has provided me with the caring support I needed to address the emotional, spiritual and physical challenges that often can turn one’s life upside down. Everyone facing cancer should know about this great resource so close to home.”

Ride to Thrive offers cyclists the choice of three routes for experienced and novice riders: Metric Century at 66 miles, half Metric Century at 33 miles, or 10 miles. Participants are encouraged to form teams with a theme. Prizes are awarded for best themes and for top fundraisers.

The Perennial Walk and Ride to Thrive is a fully supported event, with road-side assistance, lemonade stops and an after-party at the Healing Garden at 145 Bolton Road, Harvard, with food, music and entertainment. Shuttle rides will be available to transport walkers back to the Harvard Public Library parking lot.

Registration for walkers is $35 per person with a family maximum of $100; children 6 years old and under are free. Registration for cyclists is $50 early registration and $100 after Sept. 29. Youth aged 12 and up can ride under the careful supervision of an adult.

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