Utah employees ride, run in support of cancer research
On June 16, employees, family and friends participated in the Huntsman 140, Huntsman 5K and Kids Fun K in Salt Lake City. Dominion Energy Utah Ride Captains were Dan MacDonald, supervisor – Gas Operations, and Will Radford, supervisor – Gas Distribution. Sam Fankhauser, engineer II, led the 5K and Kids Fun K. With 14 riders and 24 runners, company volunteers raised over $4,000 to support cancer research.
“We have all likely been touched by [cancer] in some way or another,” said MacDonald. “It was nice to see everyone pull together and ride or run for a great cause.”
The annual “Huntsman 140” fundraiser got its start when cancer survivor Jeff Warren was diagnosed with stage IV head and neck cancer. Warren rode his bike each June from his hometown of Reno, Nev., to Salt Lake City’s Huntsman Cancer Institute. Warren received grueling, but lifesaving treatments he refers to as “slash, burn and poison” -- better known as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. To show support for Warren’s fight against cancer, community members started joining him for the last 140 miles of his ride.
“Cancer is not a solo act,” said Warren. “This ride is a metaphor for the cancer journey. Some parts of it are grueling when you’re pushed to your limits, and there are sections that, like cancer, are extremely lonely, but you still have family and friends cheering for your success.”