The Celebrate Life Story

Our simple purpose is to offer assistance and enhance the lives of our family, friends, and neighbors affected by cancer in Sandpoint and its surrounding communities.

Celebrate Life Fun Run/Walk is an annual fundraising event held on the second Saturday of August.  The run, walk or ride across Sandpoint’s scenic Long Bridge is a gathering of family, friends and neighbors doing just that—celebrating life.

It began in 2004, the vision of a courageous and beautiful young woman, Jenny Meyer, who was diagnosed at age 26 with an aggressive form of breast cancer.  Jenny’s valiant fight inspired her sister, Julie Walkington, to make a difference for not only Jenny, but for others in this community with a cancer diagnosis.  Having coped with the bureaucracies and rigors of cancer treatment, Jenny envisioned simple gestures with no strings attached.  She knew that these acts of kindness and compassion would be welcomed and appreciated by those enduring treatments and by their loved ones facing the journey with them.

Though Jenny lost her fight with cancer in 2008, her simple vision and kind spirit live on through Celebrate Life and continue to serve those affected by cancer in Sandpoint and its surrounding communities. Because of an ever increasing need for support, our fundraising goal has increased in response.

Celebrate Life generates funds through its annual event and from generous business sponsors and private donors.  Funds are distributed through

  • Bonner General Health's Infusions and Procedures Clinic
  • Kootenai Cancer Clinic at Bonner General Health
  • Bonner General Health Hospice
  • Local individual cancer benefits
  • Local individual assistance
 All funds raised stay right here in our community. 

Assistance is provided in a variety of unique, practical and and meaningful ways geared specifically for each client.

  • Grocery and gas vouchers
  • Massages
  • Firewood
  • Housecleaning assistance
  • Airfare
  • Medication
  • Medical equipment
  • Car repairs
  • Monetary gifts and special requests
  • Celebrate Life also supports individual cancer benefits throughout the year.

Celebrate Life is organized and implemented solely by volunteers!

Sandpoint Furniture, a Celebrate Life sponsor since the beginning, grills up burgers for participants to enjoy at the finish

In honor and appreciation of the 10th anniversary of the Celebrate Life Fun Run/Walk the community placed a bench on the long bridge. The bench is half way down the Long Bridge with an amazing view of the lake.

Since it's inception over $300,000 has been raised!

Many thanks to all the Sponsors, Participants, Donors, and Volunteers.