Cordova Community Medical Center. (Oct. 12, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
Cordova Community Medical Center on Oct. 12, 2019. File photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith for The Cordova Times

Dear Editor,  

I remember my father talking about the big “C,” referring to the cancer my mother fought. While she lost her battle, there are many more successes today for treatments, particularly when screening is done early and the disease is not allowed to progress. 

There are no good reasons to avoid getting screened for breast or colon or prostate or any other cancer. The process is usually simple and not painful, and Cordova residents can receive extra financial help for costs you can’t afford. 

Cordova 2×2 CancerWalk raises funds to give to Cordova residents who need screening or treatment for cancer. Since 2005, more than $110,000 has been distributed to about 200 residents. Our application is easy to complete, and mainly requires a signature from your health care provider to verify that you need screening or treatment. 

The board members who keep this nonprofit going are dedicated and enthusiastic. We could use some new and younger blood, however! Our primary annual event — a 2.2-mile walk held in conjunction with the Cordova Health Fair — is coming up soon on Saturday, April 27.  

Please join us at noon on April 27 and walk with a friend for all or part of the 2.2-mile route through town (from the high school down Main Street and looping back on Railroad Avenue). We encourage donations but primarily want you to support this “good exercise” event, which advertises 2×2 CancerWalk. 


Anyone interested in joining our Board to support future events and fundraising, please stop by our table at the Health Fair or contact me or our current president, Darrel Olsen. This volunteer position doesn’t require a lot of your time but your service will mean so much to those we are able to assist.  


Nancy Bird 

Secretary, 2×2 CancerWalk