Hundreds ‘Rally’ in Support of Cancer Patients
KREX News Room
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.- Glenwood Spring’s Sayre Park catered to a packed house on Saturday.
Whether they walked, ran or biked, more than 500 people made their way to the popular tourist destination to participate in Valley View Hospital’s 2nd Annual Rally in the Valley.
“Our community is linking arms to help people know that when you face a diagnosis of cancer, that this community is rallying around you,” said Stacey Gavrell, community relations director at Valley View Hospital.
The race helps support the hospital's Calaway Young Cancer Center, and their mission to provide services and resources to cancer patients in the valley, so they don't have to travel far.
The event also marks the first anniversary of the cancer center.
“So it’s really an important fundraiser so that, not only are we treating people with cancer, but we are helping heal their mind, their body and spirit,” said Gavrell.
“I think it makes us all more aware that people are suffering from cancer and that we need to support the cancer center here in town,” said Sandi Kistner, participant.
Only on her second round of chemotherapy, high school senior Marimar Arvizo is currently undergoing treatment for a form of stomach cancer, and battling different obstacles everyday.
“So this is all new for her family, and so it’s been nice to see the outpouring from the community,” said Mary Hinkey, Arvizo’s teacher.
Hinkey says she's determined to go back to school and the all around support she has been receiving is helping her achieve that goal.
“She'll be back,” said Hinkey. “And she wants to graduate with her school, so we have a goal for that.”
It’s still too early to determine how much money was made. However officials say that last year, they raised a total of $300,000, and they're expecting to have beaten that this year.