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Joyce Kozlowski Memorial event changing focus, site

June 2, 2008
BROCTON — This year’s Joyce Kozlowski Memorial event on June 21 in Brocton is changing its focus to Hiking for Hospice and its location to the American Legion.

Each year for the past seven years, Joyce’s husband, Tom, has been on hand to start off the walkers and the runners.

“I’ll be there at the Legion, to get this year’s walkers off at 10 a.m.,” he said.

The Joyce Kozlowski Memorial committee has set a 10-year goal to raise an appropriate sum of money in memory of a woman who was well known and well loved in the Brocton community..

In past years, participants were invited to race or walk a route through Brocton’s streets to raise funds for Roswell Park’s cancer research efforts.

Kozlowski lost her valiant battle with ovarian cancer eight years ago.

The bravery of this courageous woman lives on in the hearts and minds of her family and friends and in her memory, they organized the annual Joyce Kozlowski 5k Run Walk for Ovarian Cancer.

This year, it was decided to hold just a walk with Chautauqua County Hospice chosen as the recipient of the funds raised.

Joyce’s daughter, Sandy Miller said in the late stages of her illness, Joyce received care from Hospice.

“We cannot say enough good about the services Hospice provided Mom,” she said.

The walk route will start at the Legion on Route 20, travel west on Route 20 to School Street, then across the Rails to Trails segment that runs behind the Brocton High School to Highland Avenue.

The last leg of the route leads down Highland Avenue back to Route 20 and the Legion.

Entry fees is $15 on the day of the hike with registration scheduled for 9 a.m., prior to the 10 a.m. start.

Refreshments and prizes are planned for those who complete the hike.

Additional information can be obtained by calling Sandy Miller at 792-9333.


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