Walk for cancer seeking volunteers

PETERBOROUGH — Ruth Cilley is looking for a special group of people who want to march in October’s parade celebrating the town’s 275th anniversary. A breast cancer survivor herself, Cilley, who lives in Peterborough, wants to gather other women who have dealt with the disease so they can walk together through downtown Peterborough on Saturday, Oct. 11.

“I’m trying to get the word out to as many survivors as possible,” Cilley said recently. “The only thing I’m planning to ask is for people to wear pink.”

Walkers will be given a pink survivor sash to wear in the parade.

The parade route is expected to run from Peterborough Elementary School down Main Street and through downtown. The walking distance will be less than a mile and a half and it’s mostly downhill.

Cilley said the parade will be the ideal warm-up for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk, which will be held the very next day. The 3.5-mile walk will start in Depot Square at 10:30 a.m. and is expected to draw hundreds of breast cancer survivors and their family members and friends.

“I walked the first year, in 2003, and I’ve walked most years since,” Cilley said. “It will be a busy weekend. We want a show of pink both days.”

She said a group called Guardians of the Ribbon of Southern New Hampshire will be at the Sunday walk with a pink fire truck and a Rymes Propane pink ribbon truck is also expected.

Last year’s Making Strides walk attracted 362 people, who raised $43,000 to support the American Cancer Society.

“It’s a celebration for the survivors,” said Erinn Drouin of the American Cancer Society, who is helping organize the walk. “There’s no minimum fund raising requirement and no registration fee. You can just show up and walk. We’re glad to have people raise money or collect donations, but we also want to raise awareness.”

Cilley is urging anyone interested in walking in the 275th anniversary parade to contact her at or 924-4418.

She’s also hoping that someone with a convertible might volunteer to drive any women who aren’t able to march.

For more information about the Making Strides walk, contact Drouin at 471-4148 or visit

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or

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