Team Barrow Helps Fight the Battle Against Diabetes

April 25, 2011

Team Diabetes - Barrow

September 4, 2010 was the second annual Barrow, Alaska Team Diabetes "3 Mile Walk, Run, Jog, Crawl, Hop, Skip, Jump" Relay for Diabetes. In spite of the typical Barrow September weather (cold, windy and foggy) 80 hearty souls gathered at AC Stuaqpak in Browerville at 11 a.m. for the start of the Relay.

After the group photos Mansour Alzaharna - the driving force behind the event - thanked everyone for coming out to support Diabetes research and prevention.

Mansour explained the route we would follow and and then we were off! We walked, ran, and jogged from AC down Laura Madison/ Eben Hopson Street, turned right at the Sadie Neakok Playground following Stevenson then Apayauq Streets . . .turning left onto Ahkovak continuing past the airport, past Ipalook, across the Dam Road returning back to the AC store.

While participants were walking and running around Barrow the BBQ team was hard at work grilling. Health-wise grilled turkey legs plus not-quite-as-healthy hamburgers, hot dogs and chips awaited us upon our return. Participants ate for free with all the food donated by the AC store.

A total of $2,656.00 was raised for the American Diabetes Associations by the participants and from sales of food to non-participants.

In addition to the Alaska Commercial Company, the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital Diabetes Program and the North Slope Borough Health Department helped sponsor the event. The North Slope Borough Mayor's Office's "Move It" Campaign helped with publicity.

All these organizations deserve recognition for making this such a successful fund raiser and a great community event. I could be wrong, but even with all this organizational support, the main reason why so many people turned out, why so much money was raised, and why we all had so much fun on such a cold and windy day was due to the tireless efforts of Mansour Alzaharna.

Mansour's goal for 2010 is to raise $14,000 for the ADA and Diabetes prevention and education. So far this year he has raised over $11,400.00. In addition to the September 4 event, Mansour coordinated a fundraising dinner in May and has worked tirelessly to raise money from local organizations and individuals.