By Kaitlin Montague
MARGATE, N.J. — In memory of a beloved Margate woman, the Patti McWalk is celebrating it’s 13th year on Sunday, April 27. Having battled pancreatic cancer for five years, at the age of 43 Patti McDonnell would succumb to the disease’s wrath in February 2002. Soon after, many of her closest friends put together this fundraiser on her birthday, April 18, in her memory. They coined it the “Patti McWalk.”
“Patti liked living life,” says her older brother, Bob McDonnell. “She was a very generous and giving girl with a lot of friends. She was sort of a free spirit who enjoyed fishing, loved the beach, and was involved all kinds of different activities. Each year she and some friends would go to the Kentucky Derby. She died at 43, but I tell people she squeezed more living into 43 years than many fit into 80.”
On April 27, sign-ups begin at noon at Lucy the Elephant in Margate (9200 Atlantic Ave. in Margate), but the McWalk begins promptly at 1pm. Sign up in advanced for a $20 donation and $25 the morning of the walk. Kids are $10 and children under 12 are free.
One hundred percent of all proceeds will benefit the South Jersey Cancer Fund. Prizes, raffles, food, music, kids bounces, and more will be available throughout the day. An after party, in celebrating of Patti, will be held at Margate Log Cabin. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org