WAMSUTTER — For the second year in a row the community of Wamsutter has raised big money to fight cancer. On Monday, Wamsutter Community Inc Fighting4Life donated $11,640 to the Oncology Clinic and Cancer Treatment Center at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. The money was raised through corporate sponsorships and a $30 participation fee in the 3k Walk and 5k Run events.
This year’s event took place on June 28th during the Wamsutter Centennial Celebration.
Organizer Katie Waldner reported that this year’s total surpasses the $7,000 donated last year from the proceeds raised during the first Fighting4Life event.
The event was created by two Wamsutter natives in their twenties, “This event is very local, we created this ourselves,” Waldner explained that she and fellow Wamsutter native Sarah Chavez, a UW Law School grad who now works for Carbon County created the event.
“This year’s event consists of a 3k walk as well as a 5k run. These two races are being held in the memory of a beloved community organizer Ken Waldner, who passed away after a year-long battle with Esophageal Cancer. Not only was this race held in honor of his memory, but it is also to honor all who have lost their battles to cancer and to the loved ones who supported them.” Waldner said.
Waldner is a UW grad with a Communications Degree who manages the Conoco Station in Wamsutter which is the family business.
Editor’s Note – Due to a photographic storage medium failure we are unable to post photos of Waldner presenting the check to the Memorial Hospital Foundation Board. We apologize to the participants in that donation ceremony.