Camryn Cooke promises everyone gets a fair shot at winning a prize from the raffle.
On Sunday, her prize table was flooded with potential winners.
“It’s busy, but you know like I said, it’s so great to be back in person,” Cooke said. “So any type of busyness is better than not being here.”
And even if your ticket number isn’t called, everyone participating truly is a winner.
This is the 20th anniversary of the Caring Together Walk for ovarian cancer.
Every dollar will help make a change, and Cooke is doing her part to fundraise for the nonprofit.
“It’s hard to say, it usually brings in a couple thousand dollars for us,” Cooke said. “And like I said, it’s just one addition to the huge profit.”
Everyone at the walk has their own reason for participating, including Cooke.
“It’s a cause near and dear to my heart,” Cooke said. “I lost my mom to this disease when I was 16. So it’s a way to give back to the community that cared for her, as well as making sure this doesn’t keep happening to other women.”
This year marks the 18th year that Cooke is at the walk.
Her and her mother, Allyson, would come every year after the diagnosis.
And even after her mother passed in 2010, Cooke never stopped coming back.
“So that fall was our first race without her, so we had a huge team of support out for her,” Cooke said. “So it’s been every year, and people keep coming back to keep her name around and like I said, support our future generations.”
With each interaction she makes, she shares words of encouragement to those who face similar situations as hers.
“Just staying a strong and remember why you do what you do and the people you fight for and just remember everyone is going through a battle,” Cooke said. “And you don’t always know that.”
And you can count on her to be running this table again next year, helping raise money for a big cause.
“One hundred percent,” Cooke said. “Hopefully we will see you there too.”