Walk participants and their dogs pose for a picture before taking off from the Chilkoot Trail Outpost. Photos by Katie Emmets

Fran Delisle Walk-A-Thon raises $10,500

By KATIE EMMETS

On Saturday, June 5 men, women, children and a lot of dogs walked from Dyea to Skagway to raise money for cancer.
With 118 participants, the 15th annual Fran Delisle Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon raised more than $10,500. The money will go toward early cancer detection tests for Skagway residents in need.
The entrance fee for participants was $20, but the fee was waived if $250 or more was raised in sponsorships.
Virginia Long, treasurer of the Fran Delisle Fund, said 28 walkers raised $8,500 of the total amount by sponsorships.
Alli Wilson, who raised $1,850 for the walk-a-thon, has been the event’s biggest contributor for the past few years.
Wilson said Southeast cruise pilots are her most generous sponsors. Because she worked on board the Princess cruise ships for ten years, she became friends with pilots whose wives have or had breast cancer.
“I know people that this walk has helped,” Wilson said. “It’s so nice that all the money raised stays here to help those who need it.”
Since it has been established, the fund has helped more than 280 residents, many of whom were aided twice, Long said.
The organization began funding mammograms for any Skagway resident who needed one, and over the years has expanded its aid to fund any cancer detection tests including pap smears and prostate exams for men.
If the findings of the test require additional testing to be done in another city, the fund pays up to $500 in travel costs, Long said, adding that a cash donation of $1,000 is given to any resident who is diagnosed with cancer.



A breast-themed cake made by Nicole Dorn, Shelly Harris and Crystal Harris.

Joanne Korsmo, Sam Bass, Tara Bass and Kari Rain are happy to be raising money for cancer.

Wynter M. shows off her “Save the Ta-Tas” shirt at the Elks Lodge potluck lunch after the walk.

Walkers take off from Dyea headed for Skagway.

Britton Haton holds the Jewell Gardens aid station sign while walkers snack on cupcakes, granola bars and juice.