Lean on Me 5K walk benefits single parents battling cancer

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- The sixth annual "Lean on Me" 5K walk is happening this weekend. On Sunday, March 17, hundreds of walkers will gather in Tempe to raise money for Singleton Moms, a group  dedicated to helping single parents going through treatment for cancer.

Many patients find that they're exhausted after chemo or other treatments and, being a single parent, they find that some things just can't get done. Singleton Moms comes in  to help.  

"No other aid-based organization tackles the challenges of daily living faced by single parents with cancer," read's the organization's website.

Bekki Neugart, a single parent of a now-teenage girl, got help financially, as well as around the house.   She said someone came in and cleaned her house. Another made meals that she and her daughter could simply heat up during the week.  

Neugart said that help took the pressure off her and her daughter, who often helped around the house after Neugart's cancer treatments. 

Even though Neugart is still getting treatment, she's also trying to give back by organizing a support group for moms and helping out at Singleton Moms.

She's going to participate in this Sunday's 5K. It will be her third time. Last year, she was about to stop when other women from her support group encouraged her to make it to the finish line. This year she wants to finish and possibly return the favor by encouraging others to complete the race.  

Anyone can walk in the "Lean on Me" 5K.  Registration is at 7 a.m. at the SRP PERA Club, 1 E. Continental Drive, Tempe. Registration is $35.

For more information, check out www.singletonmoms.org.