The Hormel Institute offers event to raise awareness about its world-renowned cancer research

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People of all ages will be walking together next weekend from The Hormel Institute to Austin’s Bandshell Park as part of the first “Walk for a Cancer Free World.”

As a new event with the annual Freedom Fest, The Hormel Institute’s “Walk for a Cancer Free World” will begin at 3 p.m. at the Institute, which will host an open house from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and walk south to connect with the city’s pedestrian trail near Mill Pond. Walkers then will follow the path to Bandshell Park. Along the route, The Hormel Institute will have several stations offering more information about its world-renowned cancer research into how cancer works and what nontoxic, natural compounds can be used to prevent and control cancer.

Once at Bandshell Park, there will be a “Legends of Country & Rock” concert from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. by D. C. Music Productions, featuring The Great Girl Groups, Country Classics, Johnny Cash by Bill Dewey and a Tribute to Buddy and the Bopper. More than a dozen food vendors as well as numerous carnival games also will be available.

Early registration for $8 per person ends Friday, June 24th, but people can register for $10 per person after that, including from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. the day of the walk at The Hormel Institute. The registration fee includes a T-shirt but same-day registrations are not guaranteed a T-shirt that afternoon but will receive one later. Children ages 10 and younger are free if they do not want a T-shirt.

People can register at the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce office downtown.

Between music acts, The Hormel Institute will be making presentations on stage. The Hormel Institute and the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce are working together to put on the event to raise awareness about the Institute’s cancer research and support from its many sponsors, including the Karl Tourney Memorial Golf Tournament, “Paint the Rink Pink” Austin Bruins event, Eagles Cancer Telethon and Lyle Area Cancer Auction, along with many important others.

“We are excited about our new, upcoming event,” said Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic. “By working together, we will win the war against cancer and achieve the goal of a cancer-free world.”

The Hormel Institute is a world-renowned medical research center specializing in researching nontoxic, natural compounds that can be used to prevent, control or cure cancer. It comprises a group of highly successful medical scientists who have focused their efforts on determining the basic molecular mechanisms of cancer development to develop new anti-cancer agents.