Celebrating 10 years in Los Angeles, Wendy Walk will host a carnival on Sunday, March 3, complete with crafts, games and more—all benefiting sarcoma research.
In March 2013, Palisadian Wendy Landes, a dedicated mother of three and a renowned mediation lawyer, passed away at the age of 58 after a battle with liposarcoma.
Since 2010, her children, Ali, Matt and Jackie Landes, have raised over $3.8 million for sarcoma research through their nonprofit, Wendy Walk, which has hosted more than 30 walks nationwide with more than 10,000 participants total.
And, for the first time ever, Wendy Walk is teaming up with Palisades Village.
“This is a cool collaboration between a cause that is very important to many families who have lived in the Palisades for over 30 years, and something totally new to the Palisades,” Ali explained ahead of the event. “It means a lot to my family that they are recognizing the importance of Wendy to the Palisades community.”
Each spring, the nonprofit organizes walks in Miami, New York and Los Angeles to raise funds and awareness for sarcoma research, and is committed to helping patients and their loved ones cope with the unique challenges of a sarcoma diagnosis.
Past LA-based walks have taken place outside the Jonathan Beach Club and the Annenberg Community Beach House. This year’s walk, scheduled for June 9, will take place at Hotel Casa del Mar.
“The first time we heard the word ‘sarcoma’ was when our mom, Wendy Landes, was diagnosed in 2008,” Ali, Matt and Jackie wrote on the Wendy Walk website.
“We couldn’t wrap our heads around the fact that there were no viable treatment options or the severe lack of funding of sarcoma research. We lost our mom in March 2013, but not before she was able to participate in a new annual tradition, Wendy Walk. We are in a race against time but, with your determination and support, we can find a cure for sarcoma.”
Wendy Walk has made headlines in The Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Glamour, Business Insider and Women’s Health, drawing support from big-name celebrities like Palisadian Sugar Ray Leonard, Patrick Dempsey, Paul Rudd and Matthew Perry.
The carnival will take place at 15225 Palisades Village Lane from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The fact that we’re able to do something in the Palisades and that it’s for families—because I now have my own kids—it’s a really nice way to have this next generation get involved in Wendy Walk,” Ali shared.
For more information, visit wendywalk.org.
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