|7/14/2013 8:00:00 AM|
Local charity celebrates 10 years with parade (with video)
|Cops 4 Cancer host a parade Saturday to celebrate 10 years of helping local families fight cancer.|
|People and floats line 3rd Street (U.S. 6) in Peru near the old Westclox building as the Cops 4 Cancer parade heads toward La Salle. Cops 4 Cancer is celebrating its 10th year of service. The non-profit organization is made up of local law enforcement officers from the Illinois Valley area.|
NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
|Cops 4 Cancer|
|The annual Cops 4 Cancer event will be Saturday, July 27 at Cerri Memorial Park in Cedar Point. Gates open at noon. For more information, visit www.cops4cancer.com.|
Cops 4 Cancer celebrated 10 years with style as the group hosted a parade Saturday with more than 80 participants.
Early afternoon, people began to gather in Rotary Park in Peru to organize floats and line up for the parade. The group headed out onto U.S. 6 in Peru, crossed over into La Salle and continued along First Street in La Salle.
Before the parade began, residents began to line the streets with chairs and blankets to sit on. Children brought bags to hold the candy and other prizes they would receive. Soon sirens could be heard.
“It’s starting,” Abby Michael, 4 of Oglesby, said to her parents as she saw the parade coming in the distance. Throughout the parade Abby would run to get candy which she later said was her favorite part of the experience.
Cops, firefighters, EMS workers and K-9 units from all over the Illinois Valley area led the parade. It also included floats from the cities of Peru and La Salle, little league teams, cheerleading squads, horses and a live band.
Local businesses also came out to show their support for Cops 4 Cancer, including an appearance from Darth Vader on the Guisti Electric float and a hydraulic car by Jeff Perry.
“A lot of the floats and entrants are actual businesses in town and we are glad to see that,” said Terry Guisti, president of Cops 4 Cancer.
Guisti along with Betty Glynn, cancer survivor and founder of Boob-a-Palooza, said today was about honoring those who support them along with those who have or are battling cancer.
Glynn said the group chose three area children who have battled cancer at St. Jude’s to be the grand marshals, including Lily Rosploch, Matthew Riordan and Cora Peters.
“It’s a perfect day,” said Guisti before the parade began.
“The angels are blessing us today,” said Glynn. “We have not had this type of luck with some other events we had.”
Following the parade, residents were invited to attend a car cruise at Al’s Bella Vista in La Salle. Jim Turczyn, part-owner of Al’s, said 75 cars had registered to participate in the event. Turczyn said he liked working with Cops 4 Cancer because it is a great organization that helps bring the community together.
“We’re just helping them out afterwards, trying to donate some money, have fun with everyone and see some of the old cars that are around town,” he said.
Turczyn also participated in the parade by driving a Camaro. He said it is the first parade he has ever been in.
“I enjoying to see all the little kids running around for candy,” he said.
The annual Cops 4 Cancer event will be Saturday, July 27 at Cerri Memorial Park in Cedar Point. Gates open at noon. For more information, visit www.cops4cancer.com.
Alicia LeGrand can be reached at (815) 220-6931 or email@example.com.
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