Sharing stories and saving lives: The Making Strides for Breast Cancer fundraiser kicks off

Published: Sep. 12, 2020 at 4:55 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Community members stepped out in support of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer scavenger hunt Saturday afternoon.

Like many things this year, Coronavirus has changed the way events like this take place -- so instead of hosting a 5k like years past, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer set up a scavenger hunt. Stops included a tree decorated with bras, a giant pink chair, snapping a picture with a survivor, and a photo op at a fitness studio.

A more somber stop on the scavenger hunt was a flower toss over the Wendell Avenue foot bridge. Participants threw flowers and petals over the sides, sometimes teary eyed, remembering the battle they fought with cancer or those they have lost.

For American Cancer Society Volunteer, Becky Zaverl, this fight is personal. Zaverl was born and raised here in Fairbanks and at the age of 12 was diagnosed with cancer, forcing her to leave the state for treatment. The treatment saved her life but also gave her some secondary cancers later on.

“My three girls were all under the age of five when I had my double mastectomy and they helped me figure out how to move again, how to hold myself again... and they have always learned from a young age that cancer hits everybody," Zaverl said. "So I’ve had a thyroid cancer and breast cancer, and all of those things were things we could do tests for and prevent -- and that’s why I believe so fully in the American Cancer Society because we can donate money now and get these preventative tests, and make sure we are taking care of our future.”

Zaverl said “cancer doesn’t sleep”, so if you would like to donate, you can find more information American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer website.

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