Local cancer awareness runs going virtual this weekend

SPOKANE, Wash. — The community may not be able to physically come together to support different causes these days, but some non-profits are finding ways to host virtual events and make the same impact.

Relay for Life of the Inland Northwest was set to take place Friday afternoon on Gonzaga’s campus.

But COVID-19 isn’t stopping them from raising money and rallying people in the fight against cancer along with the national non-profit.

Volunteer Carol Ann Cochran says you can do anything to show your support, even something as simple as walking around your yard.

But she says the most important thing would be to donate as cancer patients need support now more than ever.

And for those who want to remember a loved one lost to cancer with a luminary, they’re introducing a virtual event called ‘Light your way to Hope’.

“Wherever you are, you can light your luminaries, remembering those who have lost their battle with cancer, those who are fighting against it and we’re doing this as a community in the state of Washington and the state of Alaska,” said Cochran.

It’ll be taking place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, and those who participate are encouraged to share a video with them on Facebook.


Pink Ribbon Virtual Run

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This year was also supposed to be the 4th year of the Pink Ribbon Run, hosted by the non-profit Every Woman Can.

The organization decided early to go virtual since most of the people who participate are vulnerable from undergoing cancer treatment.

It won’t be at Riverpark Square, but you can participate however you’d like from home.

Whether that’s sleeping in, meditating or taking your own walk or run outside of course in compliance with social distancing rules.

Even though it’s virtual, you’re encouraged to register.

“It’s $20 for adults, $10 for youth. We will email you an online packet that includes materials from us and our sponsors probably on Friday afternoon, Saturday, before Sunday,” said Logistics Director Tara McAloon. “And then after the event, we’ll be mailing them magnets that would have looked like the bib they would’ve gotten if we had the actual event. And then if they’re a survivor, then they will get a medal as well.”

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