5K honors memory of cancer victim and volunteer
IMPERIAL — More than 100 community members gathered at the Depaoli Sports Complex at Imperial Valley College for its seventh annual PAM 5K Fun, Run or Walkathon to benefit the IVC Foundation and the Imperial Valley’s Cancer Resource Center of the Desert.
The event is dedicated in memory of Patricia Ann Medina (PAM), a former CRCD volunteer who died of cancer on Feb. 28, 2012.
“This is a cooperative fundraiser to raise funds for both the CRCD and the IVC Foundation,” said Medina’s sister, Ellen Verdugo. “My sister graduated from IVC and we wanted to make sure to help both groups. We do this every year to help raise money and have a good time in doing so.”
Medina was diagnosed with cancer twice in her lifetime. First, she affected by breast cancer, but with early detection and therapy, the disease was gone. Later on in her life, she was then diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer, which eventually led to her death.
Medina devoted much time helping at CRCD, Verdugo recalled.
“She volunteered a lot for them,” she said. “It meant a lot to her to help others. First, she went there for herself, to learn the process and what to do to help herself, because no one really knows what to do. She volunteered there, and we always helped her with all the fundraisers. As for me now, I want to continue her legacy in helping others. It’s just people helping people.”