On June 29, 2024, the Squaxin Island Tribe hosted the Second Annual Squaxin Island Color Run at the Squaxin Island Ball Field. This vibrant event, aimed at promoting cancer awareness and prevention in Indian Country, brought together community members for a day of fun, support, and education.

The celebration featured two courses, one longer than the other, allowing participants to choose a distance that suited them. This year, the event saw an impressive turnout with over 101 enthusiastic entries. Representatives from Northwest Alliance, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Squaxin Island Behavioral Health and the Clinic, South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency Health and Wellness Programs were present, and the Squaxin Island Child Development Center brought a large bouncy house to keep the kids busy. These organizations provided valuable information and resources, contributing to the event’s educational component.

Participants enjoyed a nutritious lunch provided by Little Creek Casino, which ensured everyone stayed energized and healthy throughout the event. The highlight of the day was honoring the Cancer Champions, Kimmy James who bravely shared her journey and inspired others with their stories of resilience and strength. She thanked Clara Hernandez, Patient Navigator, for all her support and advocacy through her journey. Their speeches underscored the event’s mission to promote cancer awareness and the importance of early detection and prevention.

The children had an especially great time, playing with color powder and bouncing in the bouncy house. Their laughter and excitement added a lively and joyful atmosphere to the day’s activities. The event was meticulously organized and ran smoothly, thanks in part to the efforts of the Squaxin Island Patient Navigator.

The Second Annual Squaxin Island Color Run not only raised awareness about cancer prevention but also reinforced the importance of community support and healthy living. It was a day filled with color, joy, and a strong sense of solidarity among the participants. Events like this highlight the power of community engagement and the positive impact of coming together for a common cause.

By promoting health, wellness, and awareness, the Squaxin Island Tribe and SPIPA Health and Wellness programs continue to make significant strides in the fight against cancer, supporting their community members every step of the way. A big thankyou to Clara Hernandez, Patient Navigator for her assistance in organizing and securing the space for the event.  

Squaxin Island Tribal Community members getting started on First Annual Color Run

Second Annual Squaxin Island Color Run Promotes Cancer Awareness and Prevention