Carole Hilmer Run/Walk set for April 20

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The stained glass window Carole Hilmer completed a year before she passed away is pictured. This window will be on the race benefit T-shirt. Photo by Kathryn Lucariello / Carroll County News

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- In 2009, former St. Louis resident Joanie Kratzer met Carole Hilmer on a Holiday Island Hiking Club walk. Joanie learned about Carole's dream of holding a benefit walk for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Carole, a retired medical illustrator, had been a patient at MD Anderson. She volunteered to be part of clinical trials in the hope of finding a cure for ovarian cancer. The treatments at first were successful and she was in remission for several years. But then the cancer returned and Carole was fighting the fight again.

Joanie, while attending a Valentine dance in 2010, discovered another person with whom Carole had shared her dream. Hearing that, Joanie asked for the microphone and announced that the Carole Hilmer Benefit Walk would be held May 15, 2010, in Holiday Island, Carole's home. Then things really got rolling: the Holiday Island Chamber of Commerce agreed to host the event, and sponsors and walkers were signed up.

Carole, who was no longer well enough to help with the benefit, attended and rode around the course in a golf cart driven by her husband, Bob. MD Anderson received $2,750, in Carole's honor.

Sadly shortly thereafter, on June 18, 2010 Carole passed away.

The Carole Hilmer Benefit has become an annual event. There is now a 5K run certified by USATF, a 3-mile walk, and a 2-mile walk. A pancake breakfast is held the morning of the race. On Friday evening before the event, the Italian restaurant, Geraldi's, in Holiday Island will again host a silent auction. Geraldi's will donate a buck a plate for every spaghetti dinner served. Local businesses, families and volunteers have also joined in. Carole's family has made this a time for a family reunion.

The event has raised more than $10,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research at MD Anderson in its first three years. We have just learned 11 members of the Brusick family from Raymore, Mo. will attend in memory of Mary Brusick Anderson, using the name "Team Doatts." Doatts was Mary's nickname.

You are invited for a "Do Good" weekend vacation this spring. All participants get a benefit T-Shirt featuring an image of Carole's award-winning stained glass window.

Join us in our hope for a cure for all kinds of cancer. Join us at the Carole Hilmer 5K Run/Walk for Ovarian Cancer.

For information contact Joanie Kratzer at 479-253-5986 or email Downloadable registration forms are available at under "Holiday Island Happenings."

This year's race will be held Saturday, April 20, starting at 9 a.m. at The Barn on the island.

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