Chemo Buddies reverse parade reminds survivors that hope is not canceled

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NEWBURGH, Ind (WEHT) While many events have been canceled this year due to the pandemic, one organization wants to remind cancer survivors that hope is not canceled.

HopeFest was initially scheduled for April, but after postponing it a couple times the race and walk turned virtual.

“I was bound and determined to do something for my survivors. Because, as you may know, cancer patients are immunocompromised. And they have basically been on lockdown since March. And I said, this is like the biggest thing we do of the year, and I refuse to go down and not and taken from them,” Jill Kincaid, Chemo Buddies Founder, said.

On Saturday, Chemo Buddies organized a reverse parade for survivors. They were able to drive by a cheering crowd and receive cookies and other items from local businesses.

“The smiles from our friends in the car just lit us up, we are so excited that we had a good turnout and were able to bring some joy to our friends,” Kincaid said.

Kincaid says the event was the community loving on each other and some people at the event hadn’t seen each other since the pandemic began.

“I walked down to the bottom of the hill, so I could greet every single car as they came into the park. And by the end of the line, when I turned around to walk back up to the parade, I was crying like a baby. It was so special,” Kincaid said.

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(This story was originally published on September 20, 2020)

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