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Long-time educator to be honored during 'Walk for Life'

MABTON - To help a long time educator in Mabton fight his battle with cancer, friends and family of Keith Morris will host a Walk for Life Saturday, April 11, at the Mabton High School football field, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Morris served as principal at Mabton High School for more than 20 years and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January.

The event will serve as a fund-raiser for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Organizers are hoping to raise $10,000.

The idea began when Morris' grandson, Wayde Morris, decided he wanted to join the fight against cancer with his grandfather. Not sure what to do, the younger Morris went to his grandfather's good friend, Denny Brown, an administrator at Mabton High School.

"What we envisioned is a social event as much as a walk-a-thon," Brown said.

People are encouraged to come to the event and walk around the track at the football field. Brown said people can get sponsored on a per-lap basis or just donate money themselves.

Morris and his family are scheduled to be on hand at the event. Food and drinks will also be available, with all proceeds going towards the goal of raising $10,000.

People attending the event are encouraged to wear the color purple, which represents pancreatic cancer.

For more information about the event or how to donate contact Brown at 831-9326 or Wayde Morris at 509-948-7372.

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