Duck Race helping cancer patients set for Sunday

JOHNSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS (WSIL) – The Heather-Treat Memorial Duck Race, which is celebrating its 15th year and re-inviting the public, kicks off Sunday afternoon near Tunnel Hill.

The popular event went virtual last year due to the pandemic and is the largest fundraiser for the organization, helping local cancer patients with expenses not covered by insurance.

Robin Harper-Whitehead, founder of the organizer and Memorial, says the event normally includes a full day of music, food and games, but is a bit quiet this year due to extra precautions; however, it will still have a major impact on giving back.

“We’re going to sell some sweets and concession snacks, and all that money will go back to the Blessings in a Backpack program, a very big program here in Johnson County to help our kids too,” explains Harper-Whitehead.

She adds that it is a big day for both organizations, but most importantly, “It’s to bring families out again and enjoy and give back, and that’s the most important thing to do.”

The event starts at 2:00 PM next to the Tunnel Hill Community of Christ Church.

More than 1,700 ducks will race across the pond, and you can get yours online until midnight May 1 at

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