By Tony Gorman
For the Star 

Valdez Relay for Life raises $35,000

Walkathon helps cancer patients and aids research


The tenth installment of the Valdez Relay for Life was colorful. Teams and individuals didn’t just walk the traditional track in the effort to raise money for cancer research under the umbrella of the American Cancer Society; this year, some participated in the first-ever 5K Color Run.

The 24-hour walkathon was held at a makeshift track in the Kelsey Dock area due to the fact that the track behind Gilson Middle School is now under the authority of construction contractors; other potential sites are under breakup conditions. The event did not experience any bad weather, but it did get cold overnight. Participants were not cold for long thanks to a fire pit provided by the City of Valdez.

Thirteen teams and 115 participants camped out and walked around the temporary track in efforts to raise funds that often directly benefit people in Valdez who are fighting cancer.

Event Coordinator Wendy Goldstein was thankful for all those who participated.

“This community is so giving and so wonderful,” Goldstein said. “It’s been amazing.”

According the American Cancer Society’s website, the Valdez Relay for Life has raised $35,970.22 as of Tuesday morning. Last year, the event raised over $42,000. Teams and individuals can continue raise money until August. Indeed, many teams and individuals began raising funds months earlier, selling homemade goodies, holding yard sales and other ongoing projects.

The Crowley Cancer Crusaders is this year’s top fundraising team – so far - with $5,848.45. Individually, Kelly Kimball raised the most with $1,305.40.

Tony Gorman

Bluebird days under the midnight sun (well, almost) made last week’s Relay for Life walkathon an inspirational experience.


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