Celebrate Life Fun Run/Walk is an annual fundraising event held on the second Saturday of August. The run, walk or ride across Sandpoint’s scenic Long Bridge is a gathering of family, friends and neighbors doing just that—celebrating life.
It began in 2004, the vision of a courageous and beautiful young woman, Jenny Meyer, who was diagnosed at age 26 with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Jenny’s valiant fight inspired her sister, Julie Walkington, to make a difference for not only Jenny, but for others in this community with a cancer diagnosis. Having coped with the bureaucracies and rigors of cancer treatment, Jenny envisioned simple gestures with no strings attached. She knew that these acts of kindness and compassion would be welcomed and appreciated by those enduring treatment and by their loved ones facing the journey with them.
Celebrate Life generates funds through its annual event and from generous business sponsors and private donors. Monies raised are distributed locally through Bonner General Hospital’s Outpatient Clinic, Hospice, Home Health and Kootenai Cancer Center at BGH. Assistance is provided in a variety of practical and unique ways: grocery and gas vouchers, massages, firewood, housecleaning assistance, airfare, medication, medical equipment, car repairs, monetary gifts and special requests. Celebrate Life also supports individual cancer benefits throughout the year.
Though Jenny lost her fight with cancer in 2008, her simple vision and kind spirit live on through Celebrate Life and continue to serve those affected by cancer in the Sandpoint area.