A dog leads a group of Skagway girls up a hill during the annual Fran Delisle Cancer Awareness Walk. The group gathers in front of Chilkoot Trail Outpost before embarking for Skagway on a beautiful day. Molly Dischner

Fran Delisle Cancer Awareness Walk-a-thon raises $16,000

Wilson breaks her own record with $3,600 in pledges


More than 100 walkers trekked from Dyea to Skagway last weekend for the 14th annual Fran Delisle Cancer Awareness Walk-a-thon.
The walkers raised about $12,800 for Skagway’s cancer fund, said organizer Virginia Long. Raffle and t-shirt and sock sales raised almost $3,000 more, for a total of $16,000. About 17 walkers raised $250 or more, and 36 people got at least one pledge, said Long.
The top fundraiser was Alison Wilson, who raised $3,600. Long said Wilson has raised the most for the last several years, but this year was a record, even for her.
Most of the walkers were from Skagway, but about 16 came down from Whitehorse. A few of the Whitehorse walkers had done the walk last year, and brought their friends with them this year.
They said they liked how fun the walk was, and that they got to drink while walking, so they came back again. “Skagway’s so entertaining compared to Whitehorse,” one said.
The walk included four stops for juice, beer, margaritas, and all sorts of snacks.

Walkers approach the first aid station overlooking Dyea, hosted by Holland America-Princess drivers Tyler Nielsen, Jessica Wilcox, Seth Wright and Casey Fromm. Alaska Mountain Guides and Jewell Gardens aid station volunteers greet their first walker, Marsha Columbo. Jeff Brady