Five-mile walk raises money for Farmington's Connelly Hospitality House

Hannah Grover
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Every year, hundreds of participants show their support for the Connelly Hospitality House and the San Juan Medical Foundation during the San Juan Medical Foundation's Cancer Walk-a-Thon.

The Walk-a-Thon, which returns for its 35th year on Saturday, raises money for the hospitality house and the medical foundation. The Connelly Hospitality House provides lodging for families who travel to Farmington for cancer treatment.

During the walk, the house will open its doors to community members for short tours.

While participants are walking, people who might not be up to a five-mile walk or who have already finished will be able to participate in activities such as smashing a car that represents cancer.

"There's all kinds of fun things to do," said Latisha Joseph, the San Juan Medical Foundation executive assistant.

The route starts in front of the Connelly Hospitality House and goes through Boyd Park and Berg Park.

Joseph said the event formerly started at the Farmington Civic Center. A few years ago, it was moved to help people visualize the reason they were walking.

"We wanted to make sure that it was based around the Connelly (Hospitality) House," Joseph said.

What: Cancer Walk-a-Thon

When: Registration starts at 7 a.m. and walk begins at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Where: Connelly Hospitality House, 710 S. Lake St. in Farmington

Early check-in: Pick up shirts and check in early from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday

Cost: $50

More info: Go to or call 505-609-6813.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.