Relay For Life of Sitka helps raise money for cancer research and patient services


relay for life logoSitka residents can honor friends and family who have battled cancer while raising money for cancer research and patient services by participating in the Relay For Life of Sitka. The event takes place from 6 p.m. on Friday, June 10, through 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the Moller Field track.

Individuals and relay team members will take turns walking or running around the track as part of the family oriented fundraiser. There will be food, games and other fun to build camaraderie during the event. At night, luminarias (bags with sand and candles in them) will be lit in honor of people who have had cancer. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, there will be a 5-kilometer fun run for those who feel like racing.

RelayForLife5KRunAll money raised from the Relay For Life of Sitka goes toward cancer research and patient services, both to the benefit of local Alaskans. Some of the services include advice on cancer therapies and treatment, counseling and wigs, and lodging for patients and their families (sometimes for free) when they have to travel to Anchorage or Seattle for treatment.

So far in 2016, there seven teams and 38 participants who have raised more than $5,600 for the Relay For Life of Sitka.

The American Cancer Society helped fund the discovery of chemotherapy, radiation, mammography, and the mapping of the breast cancer genome. Today, there are patients all over Alaska who benefit from the research that Alaskans help sponsor — including some drugs like Gleevec, which enables some leukemia patients to turn their cancer into a manageable condition, without need of invasive surgery or harmful treatment. Every year, the American Cancer Society funds thousands of doctors and scientists to make this cancer’s last century.

For more information, contact Shoshauna Schmidt at 966-8575 or To learn more about the 5K fun run, contact Jessica Holland at 966-8451 or You can register or donate online at this link.