By Brooke Coffey
The Obion County Hometown Walk of Hope is an organization that helps cancer patients in Obion County currently undergoing treatment. After visiting the office and talking with Lorraine Gossett, I grew a deeper understanding of just how amazing the walk of hope is and how much it does for the community.
Every year, the residents of Obion County are proud to come together to support one another through the Walk of Hope. In the months leading up to the event, businesses and individuals become sponsors and form teams to raise money for cancer patients. Many local restaurants host fundraising nights where a portion of sales go to support the organization. The main event brings people together for a day full of activities, games, contests, food, fellowship, and the survivor's lap walk that honors those who have passed.
This organization has been strong in its mission for 20 years now! With the first Walk of Hope being in 2001, it has since raised a little over $3,000,000 that has been poured into our local community members. That’s AMAZING! Because of the Hometown Walk of Hope and its supporters, a burden has been lifted for many local families. In early 2020, the organization relocated to a new office at 902 Perkins Street in Union City. This location not only houses the office space used to plan the event, but an area for cancer patients to pick out needed medical supplies, wigs, and host support groups. To learn how to get involved or donate to the Hometown Walk of Hope, call (731) 446-6866.