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

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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 shoshaunas@searhc.org. To learn more about the 5K fun run, contact Jessica Holland at 966-8451 or jholland@searhc.org. You can register or donate online at this link.

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Alaska Airlines employees host “Sitka Sue Walk” on April 25 to help fight cancer

Participants line up for the 2011 Sitka Sue Walk. (Photo courtesy of Sheri Buggins)

Participants line up for the 2011 Sitka Sue Walk. (Photo courtesy of Sheri Buggins)

The Alaska Airlines station in Sitka has been hit hard by cancer in recent years, which is why the local airline employees will host the Eighth Annual Sitka Sue Walk at 8:30 a.m. (meet at 8:15 a.m.) on Saturday, April 25, at the Rocky Gutierrez Airport.

This annual walk honors the memory of long-time Alaska Airlines employee Sue “Sitka Sue” Frank, who passed away in 2007 from lung cancer. In 2012, the airline lost another Sitka employee, John Gassman, to cancer. Saturday’s five-kilometer walk from the airport to the Sitka Fire Hall and back will honor both and others in a “Flight to Fight” cancer. Participants can walk or run one way or round trip, and this is a dog-friendly event.

“We’ll be remembering those lost, supporting those in the battle and celebrating with those who have beat cancer,” event organizer Sheri Buggins said.

Rosie the Relayer Sitka PosterSitka Sue was known for her walks around Sitka, and her goal was to walk at least seven miles a day. After her death, a park bench was placed in her honor in front of the Sitka Fire Hall, where firefighters fondly remember the many meals she cooked for for them over the years. After her death, the local Alaska Airlines employees dedicated their new employee wellness walking program to her.

Donations of $10 are suggested, with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society‘s Relay For Life of Sitka, which will be held June 19-20 at Sitka’s Moller Park track/football field. This is one of several ACS Relay For Life events around the country (here’s more info about the Sitka event from this KCAW-Raven Radio interview in February 2013).

Alaska Airlines will have a team at the Sitka Sue Walk, and there will be luminarias to honor Sue and John. Healthy snacks will be served. For more information, contact Sheri Buggins at 738-0254.

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

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Sitka 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 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, through 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Moller Field track.

Relay team members will take turns walking or running around the track as part of the family oriented fundraisers. 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.

“The Relay For Life of Sitka is a community event where we can celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer,” said Tristan Walsh, Relay For Life specialist for the Anchorage office of the American Cancer Society. “All money raised from the Relay For Life of Sitka goes toward cancer research and patient services, both of which benefit local Alaskans. In 2013, the Relay For Life helped 35 patients in Sitka who were diagnosed with cancer. Besides advice on cancer therapies and treatment, counseling and wigs, we lodged patients and their families in hotels (for free) while they got treatment in places like Anchorage and Seattle.”

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 Ellen Rhule at (360) 202-7301 or gleaner1908@yahoo.com.