FALL RIVER, Mass. – If it’s May … it must be time to get moving at the “Slades Bank Get Moving” community fundraising walk – scheduled for Saturday, May 12, rain or shine – St. Anne’s Hospital’s largest annual fundraising event. The ninth annual walk seeks to raise $150,000 to support the hospital’s Hudner Oncology Center, the area’s largest and most comprehensive cancer care center.

The 3.5-mile walk will kick off from Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Stonehaven Road, Fall River. Registration on walk day begins at 8 a.m., with the walk stepping off at 9 a.m.

To avoid long lines the day of the event, walkers may register in advance on Friday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the Hudner Oncology Center Lobby, at the Osborn Street entrance to St. Anne’s Hospital. During registration, each walker will verify and submit their collected donations, complete appropriate paperwork and receive rewards. Each walker must register in person; others may not register on a walker’s behalf.

Since its inception in 1999, the Get Moving Walk has raised more than a half-million dollars that directly benefit hospital patients. The nine-year-old event has been instrumental in supporting several major Hudner Oncology Center initiatives, such as a new linear accelerator with advanced intensity-modulated radiation therapy capabilities, a 7,000-square-foot Wilson W. Curtis Medical Oncology Wing, and three-dimensional, CT-based radiation treatment-planning technology. The center serves 2,000 cancer patients annually.

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Slades Bank Get Moving Walk participants can qualify for great gifts. All participants in the walk will receive complimentary refreshments and registered walkers also will qualify for gift packages based on their fundraising. Gifts include an official event long-sleeve T-shirt, canvas bag, fleece vest, and micro-fleece jacket. In addition, for each $100 raised, participants will receive one entry into a drawing to win two airline tickets (a $400 value), courtesy of National Grid and Ronald and Dale Ferris.

The walk’s title sponsor, Slades Bank, is joined this year by presenting sponsors, Anthony F. Cordeiro Insurance Agency, Corporate Image Apparel, New England Gas Company, NBC10 and Perspective Communications, official sponsor RDA Insurance, and corporate sponsors Beacon Hospice, Lafrance Hospitality Company and STAT Ambulance Service of New England.

Individuals, businesses and school and community groups can take part in the Slades Bank Get Moving Walk on Saturday, May 12, by walking, volunteering, sponsoring a walker, or making a direct donation to the event. For information, call Karyl Benoit at St. Anne’s Hospital, (508) 674-5600, ext. 2515; or the hospital Office of Development, (508) 235-5055.

For complete information on the walk, visit www.getmovingWalk.org.

Dedicated to combining the expertise of university cancer centers with the care and convenience of a community setting, the Hudner Oncology Center at St. Anne’s Hospital provides comprehensive cancer care to 2,000 patients annually. Services include chemotherapy and radiation therapy (including highly advanced intensity modulated radiation therapy), numerous patient and family education and support programs, free screening activities, community education and access to national clinical trials through the National Cancer Institute and Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare. Hudner also provides additional radiation and support services at The Oncology Center in North Dartmouth and consultation services in Newport, R.I. The Hudner Oncology Center is staffed by board-certified medical and radiation oncologists, many of whom serve on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and is accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a comprehensive community cancer program.

St. Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, serving southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island. Specialized services include oncology, pediatrics, diabetes, rehabilitation, cardiac care, behavioral medicine, and pain management. Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, who continue to co-sponsor the hospital, St. Anne’s Hospital is a member of Caritas Christi Health Care, the second largest not-for-profit health system in New England. Additional information about programs and services at St. Anne’s Hospital and throughout Caritas Christi is available at www.SaintAnnesHospital.org.

Slades Bank was founded to serve community-banking needs with both personal and commercial products and services. With more than $605 million in assets and nine retail branches in Southeastern Massachusetts, Slades Bank is a trusted community partner to both business and personal banking customers. Traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market as SFBC, Slades Bancorp can be found on the Web at www.sladesbank.com and in seven Massachusetts communities: Assonet, Fairhaven, Fall River, New Bedford, Seekonk, Somerset and Swansea.