By Alex Kushel
Sun Sentinel Correspondent
Jan 28, 2022 11:49 AM
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The Woodfield Chapter of The Pap Corps recently honored the memory of one of its former board members as the organization had its annual walkathon at Woodfield Boca Raton with proceeds supporting cancer research.
The Carol Lipman Walk for Cancer Research attracted over 270 participants along Woodfield Circle and the fundraiser raised about $55,000 toward cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Lipman died last July from cancer. The fundraiser had several supporters, including over 300 donors and 12 corporate sponsors.
“The support of the walk has been overwhelming,” said Jan Greenhawt, co-president of the Woodfield Chapter of the Pap Corps. “Carol was a very active member of Woodfield, including being a member of our Pap board.”
According to the Woodfield Chapter of the Pap Corps, Lipman was a loving wife, mother and friend. She was an avid bodybuilder, golfer, tennis and pickleball player and champion of all aspects of physical fitness. She never backed down to a challenge and had demonstrated extraordinary courage and touched so many lives. As a champion of cancer research, the chapter wanted to celebrate her zest for life and honor her memory by dedicating and renaming their annual walkathon.
Jeff Lipman honored his wife’s memory at the walkathon and addressed the participants. The supporters were also able to register for a special sponsorship to honor Lipman in a personal way. The participants who contributed $100 had their name printed on the front of the T-shirt in a special section called Carol’s Friends.
“We had so many people wanting to do something more significant to honor Carol’s memory,” Greenhawt said.
The Woodfield Chapter of The Pap Corps had its first walkathon last April. The second walkathon had its biggest turnout with several walk-in registrants. The participants who registered for the walkathon received T-shirts and hats. Woodfield Boca Raton donated Gatorade and water and provided the use of the pavilion.
The Woodfield Chapter of the Pap Corps was initiated in 2004-2005 and is made up of all volunteers. It’s part of one of the largest fundraising organizations in South Florida. The dedicated board and chapter members have helped to raise over $100,000 each year. The fundraising activities have included the annual Bobbi Friedman Memorial Card Party, annual Book and Author Luncheon, fashion shows, bowling events, casino and comedy night, guest speakers, a raffle toward food and beverage minimum payment, and sold tribute cards.
The Pap Corps, which was founded in 1952, has a mission through fundraising activities to enable and support vital research programs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.