Friends of William and Carolyn Cook, who operate one of Mecklenburg County's last dairy farms, will hold a walk-a-thon at Bailey Road Park on Oct. 18 to help offset William's medical bills for treatment of small lymphocytic lymphoma. The goal is to raise $50,000, which will cover about half of William Cook's out-of-pocket expenses not covered by health insurance, friend Jon Guttman said.
William Cook tends full-time to crops and 25 Holstein cows on the couple's 65-acre farm on Oliver Hager Road, off N.C. 73 in Huntersville. Carolyn Cook has taught kindergarten in Mooresville for 25 years. The couple has two sons who have cerebral palsy and need constant care.
Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. at the park, and the walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. The recommended registration donation is $20 for adults and $10 for those under 18. Walk organizers encourage participants to seek sponsors for their walk. Prizes are being donated for largest donations raised by adults, students and pre-teens.
Corporate sponsorships are available at several levels. The latest corporate sponsors include Target, Farm Bureau Insurance, Peoples Bank, Robert and Louise Cashion and In-Motion Marketing.
All money will go directly to the Cooks. “We are not producing T-shirts or caps,” Guttman said. “The Cooks are our focus.”