The Annual Josefina Yepez Walkathon “Caminata,” is held every year to raise funds for cancer awareness and support for families in Yuma County, Arizona. With your kind support, our efforts will continue to exceed expectations and help to touch the lives of more families.
The “Caminata,” Spanish for walkathon, brings communities together to help families struggling with cancer. The Caminata consist of 7 plus miles and ends in Somerton with music, food, informational booths and fun activities for kids.
The Caminata is so named in honor of Josefina Yepez, Mama Fina, as she was lovingly called. She was a Somerton resident of over 40 years, and a migrant farmworker; picking citrus in the Yuma winter and traveling to work in the fertile fields of the California San Joaquin Valley in the summer. She was a breast cancer survivor of 16 years and succumbed to it, quietly taking over her, but not her winning spirit. She endured long hours of hardship during her many trips from Somerton to Tucson to obtain cancer treatment. The family learned from this experience that lodging, meals, transportation, and basic supportive medical equipment can prove to be very costly but necessary to maintain basic quality of life. With the help of friends and family members it was determined to initiate an event to help families going through similar grief. In 2007, 100 residents participated. Last year the Caminata brought 400 committed residents willing to make a difference in other people’s lives. With your assistance the Josefina Yepez Caminata will continue to provide basic necessities to even more families as they cope with the challenges of cancer.
Thank you in advance for your assistance. If you have any questions please contact Jose Yepez at (928) 920-2699.