Sports & Recreation

The setting sun casts silhouettes of participants walking north on Longmore Road.

Light the Night to Stop Cancer

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

Many Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members and employees participated in a fitness walk/run through the Two Waters tribal complex during the 2014 New Year’s Light the Night to Stop Cancer event on January 28. The event was hosted by the Salt River Diabetes Program and took the place of the annual New Year’s Road Race that the program had sponsored over the past six years.

The Light the Night to Stop Cancer walk/run event to honor cancer survivors and those who lost their lives to cancer. Every walker and runner was given a flashlight to “light the night” as a symbol of hope and remembrance and to fight back the darkness of cancer.

“We had 111 participants—Community members, Community residents, Community employees and friends—join in the 1-Mile Walk or 2-Mile Run/Walk,” said Rachel Seepie, physical fitness specialist at the Salt River Fitness Center. “It was great to see Youth Services’ After-School Program kids and the Diabetes Program’s Youth Wellness group participants come out for a walk and run.”

Members of the Salt River Cancer Support Group came out to assist at the event. Community member Ernie Lopez catered the light and healthy dinner that everyone enjoyed.

For more information on other upcoming fitness events, contact the Salt River Fitness Center at (480) 362-7320.

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