Today was Anchorage’s Relay For Life with the American Cancer Society. A chance for people to get out and support other people in the community that are surviving in their challenges with cancer. This year the event was held at Begich Middle School, in East Anchorage. Sponsored by Providence Hospital, the local Fred Meyer stores, Home Depot, and other local businesses, this is the chance to get out, enjoy the day being with other people, and fundraising to help the American Cancer Society meet the needs of the community. The local Cancer Society is located at Providence Hospital. The Director of the Cancer Center at Providence, Betsy Baldwin, has been in the administration side of hospitals for more than 30 years. Her own personal experience surviving cancer here in Alaska, she confidently chose to stay in Anchorage to receive her care at Providence, instead of going to someplace like Seattle. Continuing on in her work, Betsy says that she is confident that Providence Hospital has provided good care to cancer patients, and her personal experience has helped her become more sensitive to the needs of Providence cancer patients.
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NOTE: Anchorage Good News reporter is traveling outside of Alaska.
There are many reasons to party at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, sponsored, in part by the American Cancer Society. The Delaney Park Strip comes to life to celebrate the many survivors who stand firm to declare victory over a powerful illness. The color pink has long been associated with the female, so the Making Strides Walk is a sea of pink, embracing the power of women and science to save lives. Although predominantly a women’s illness, men have been facing Mestatic Cancer in recent years. Events like this one in Anchorage are good opportunity for community support, fundraising and raising of awareness. Being able to diagnose the symptoms of cancer and treat it early have been successful to save lives, which is what The American Cancer Society is all about.
Anchorage photos and video: courtesy of FP Canha