Volunteer Focus: Portland to Coast Walk Relay
The team members at Local Fresh value the volunteer efforts of our clients and colleagues in our community. The result is a regular feature about the volunteer efforts of our associates!
This month’s volunteer focus involves Hood to Coast and Portland to Coast relays, an annual event in the Portland metro area each summer. Kelly Wilson, a project manager for Local Fresh, participated in the Portland to Coast walk relay to help raise money for a friend of hers who is currently battling cancer.
The Mother of All Relays
The Hood to Coast and Portland to Coast relay races are affectionately known as “The Mother of All Relays.” Generally taking place on the same weekend each August, the Portland to Coast Walking Relay involves 400 teams of 12 walkers each who walk a course that is 132 total miles long. The event begins on a Friday morning and generally ends on Saturday at 11 pm, once all teams have arrived at Seaside and the party has both begun and ended.
Walking for a Cause
This amazing event included over 4,000 walkers and 3,600 volunteers to bring in thousands of dollars to help fight cancer. For 2013, Hood to Coast and Portland to Coast organizers partnered with Providence Cancer Center. Participants in either race were able to raise money for this charity that will be used to support cancer research and provide patient support services and cancer treatment.
Kelly’s Personal Cause
“Each year, I try to dedicate my walk to someone in particular,” said Kelly Wilson, Project Manager for Local Fresh. “It helps keep me focused after 24 hours of driving in the van and walking with no sleep!”
This year, Wilson dedicated her walk to Jacki Kane, a friend of hers currently battling Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Kelly raised money for Jacki’s specific fundraising page to help pay for medical costs associated with cancer treatment.
Kelly raised over $300 in two weeks for Jacki, walking 12 miles over two legs for her team, the Sherwood Forest Wenches. “Jacki’s been such an inspiration to me,” said Kelly. “I feel like walking this race for her is the least I can do to try and help her out.”