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Local foundation teams with ISP on a crusade against cancer

The Shannon Wilker Foundation will be holding a fundraiser in less than two weeks.

The organization was founded by her husband, Shane, after Shannon died of breast cancer in 2011.

The foundation and the Idaho State Police have teamed up for a family fun run, with all proceeds directly benefiting cancer patients in southeast Idaho.

“When you support the foundation, all of your money goes directly to local cancer patients to help with the medical expenses and gas cards and lodging. All of the money stays here,” said Wilker.

“This cancer run, uh, Crusade Against Cancer, was something that we felt we could really involve ourselves with, but everyone has a close story that touches them because of cancer. And that’s not just our department, but I think anybody that you talk to in the community can really relate to the cancer message and being able to beat cancer, you know, and fight that fight,” said Sgt. Blake Higley.

The Crusade Against Cancer run will be Sat., June 9 at Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls. There will be a 10k, 5k, and a 1-mile fun run/walk, food, games, awards, and prizes. Come dressed as your favorite superhero. The race is at 8 a.m. that morning. Packet pickup and late registration is possible from 7:00 to 7:30 a.m., but they encourage registration before June 2.

You can register for the race by clicking here.

Wilker plans to make this an annual event.

Work has also begun on planting the new ‘Hope for a Cure’ design for a local corn maze.

“You know the design this year is based around a race for the cure. And many of us have been impacted by one way shape or form of the devastating things of cancer. A year ago my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, so it kind of really hit home for us. And so we’ve come up with the new design and concept. We will be working with Shane Wilker with the Shannon Wilker Foundation on some things as well so it will be a lot of fun and a neat experience. As you watch, we will release some new activities and events that will be kind of around that whole theme this year,” said Richard Johnson, owner of Wild Adventure Corn Maze.

The maze will have three routes with different lengths. There will also be a pumpkin patch and fun activities for the whole family.

The corn maze is moving this year. It was located north of Blackfoot on the Rose Road exit of I-15. This year it will be just west of the 113 exit south of Idaho Falls.

It will open in mid-September.

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