Community goes virtual to support 2020 Stephanie L. Miner Walk

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The 17th Annual Stephanie L. Miner 5K Run/Walk went virtual in 2020, enabling people to participate from all over the United States. In the San Luis Valley, the San Luis Valley Health Foundation placed “treasure” photo spots in various spots throughout the Valley for participants to take their picture with.

Hundreds of community members and SLV Health employees went virtual to support the 17th annual Stephanie L. Miner 5k Run/Walk this year, and raising more than $22,000.

Stephanie Miner was a valued community member, public school teacher, wife and mother of four who lost her four-year-long battle with breast cancer. From 2004 to 2006, the funds raised during the walk by the SLV Health Foundation were used to finance the construction and opening of the Stephanie L. Miner Women’s Imaging Center. Since then, the funds raised from the event continue to stay local.

The event kicked off on Sept. 11, and lasted until Sept. 20, 2020. During this time participants were able to walk in a location of their choosing. To make it even more fun, the SLV Health Foundation’s motto for this walk was “Anchored in Hope,” and used a pirate theme, placing “treasure” photo spots throughout the Valley for participants to find and take their picture with.

The event was truly a community-based one, and SLV Health Foundation Director Kelly Gurule was humbled and grateful for all the supportive turnout.

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Michelle Gay was the highest bidder of the Stephanie L. Miner 2020 Quilt. She is seen standing with SLV Health Foundation Director Kelly Gurule.

“Every year, I am so amazed at all the love and support this community has for this event, but this year everyone just went above and beyond with their support,” said SLV Health Foundation Director Kelly Gurule. “It is an honor for us to hold this event and a heartfelt ‘thank you’ goes out to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to participate. It is truly appreciated.”

For more information on the SLV Health Foundation, go to www.sanluisvalleyhealth.org/foundation. To see photos that participants took during the event, go to the SLV Health Foundation Facebook page.