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Fairbanks “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk to be held in Griffin Park

Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 3:41 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The annual Fairbanks “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk will be held this Saturday in Griffin Park.

According to Becky Zaverl, a Volunteer with the American Cancer Society, this family friendly walk will not only be collecting donations, but also providing other entertainment for the whole family.

“Tomorrow on Saturday, September 11th, we are having our “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk,” Zaverl said. “This is a fun, family filled pink walk to support breast cancer for the American Cancer Society. We have teams and we have individuals who are collecting funds, and bringing donation checks on Saturday.”

Zaverl continued, “Normally, it’s a 5k walk. But this year, because Fairbanks is having some bridge issues with closing down a lot of bridges, ours is an abridged version. So we are going to walk the Chena River, and it’s a gorgeous day with all the colors. We’re going to cross over the Cushman Street Bridge and then come back on the Doyon Bridge - and not only that, the Sweet Adelines will be singing at the visitor center. Then we have flowers at the Doyon Bridge that when you walk over, you can drop in the river for ones that you’ve lost.”

The event will be starting late in the morning and going for just over an hour. Zaverl explained, “This is really a great time to come out and you can walk anytime between 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. if you want to avoid the crowds. But it’s just a beautiful day. Write a donation to American Cancer Society, come and support survivors, come and support family members. [It’s] just a way we can show our support for people fighting cancer in Fairbanks.”

This will be the first walk after last year’s planned walk had to be adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Last year, due to COVID, we had a scavenger hunt, Zaverl said. “We have not been on the Morris Thompson property and on this Griffin Park lawn for two years, so we are so excited to walk through that arch again. People always say ‘We’re saving a rack!’ so we’re walking under the rack. But we are excited to be back.”

And this isn’t the only cancer awareness event held by the American Cancer Society in Fairbanks according to Zaverl. “The American Cancer Society also has the Relay for Life, so we have two great events that support that,” she said, “And for me as a cancer survivor, the American Cancer Society has helped because it can give us money for travel that we need, or hotels that we need. They help fund so much research. If you are diagnosed in Fairbanks, you can benefit from a lot of the clinical trials that they’ve had and the research that they’ve had. I’ve always supported the American Cancer Society. I’ve been a cancer survivor for over 30 years, and it’s just the way that we can pay it forward to make sure our loved ones that are diagnosed tomorrow have a fighting chance.”

The “Making Strides Against Cancer” walk will open for registration at 10:00 a.m. September 11th at Griffin Park with a small ceremony taking place at 11:00.

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