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Six Flags Magic Mountain hosts “A Walk in the Park” to benefit victims of cancer, fund research

Posted: June 17, 2009 7:26 p.m.
Updated: June 18, 2009 7:00 a.m.

Participants of the 2008 "A Walk in the Park" program trek across the theme park.

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People who are healthy and brimming with energy will walk Saturday to benefit those who are neither.

Six Flags Friends and Cure Kids Cancer will team up Saturday to raise funds for, and bring attention to, pediatric cancer patients through its “A Walk in the Park” program.

All proceeds for the walk-a-thon event at Six Flags Magic Mountain will benefit the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The event is being held at all domestic Six Flags properties throughout the summer.

“A Walk in the Park” participants will walk one lap around the park, which is intended to educate communities across the United States about the need to find a cure for childhood cancers — the number-one cause of death by disease among children, according to a Six Flags news release. Magic Mountain’s goal this year is to raise $25,000. The Six Flags corporate goal is $250,000, with 90 percent of that goal achieved at press time, according to the company.

“With cancer being the number-one cause of death among children, it just seems that everyone in the community would want to participate, because you never know when cancer is going to strike, never know at what age, so we should all be striving to do everything in our powers to help wipe this horrific cause of death out,” said Jay Thomas, Magic Mountain president.  

This year, Magic Mountain will honor Brandon Martinez, 14, as the “A Walk in the Park” ambassador representing millions of children affected by cancer in the U.S.

Martinez continues to battle acute lymphoma leukemia. He’s been receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

“Everyone that I know has been affected by cancer whether it’s a friend, family member or neighbor, it’s so prevalent in today’s society,” said park spokeswoman Sue Carpenter. “This community in this valley is so great about wrapping their arms around causes. This is just a really great cause to get involved with.”

Those interested in registering can visit www.walkintheparks.org. Registration is $15 for an individual and $10 for those who join as a team of 10 or more. All fees include breakfast the morning of the event, a T-shirt and a gift bag.

Guests unable to participate in the walk can purchase a Six Flags Friends handprint for $1 at any park location. One-time donations can be made at www.walkintheparks.org.

Registration beings at 7 a.m. and the walk-a-thon beings at 8:30 a.m.

 

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