Welsh to Walk 18 Hours to Benefit Cancer Research

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 22, 10:45 am — Jim Welsh, President & General Manager of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA), will lace up his walking shoes today and walk 18 consecutive hours at this year’s Relay for Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society . The walk will take place at Gateway High School in Kissimmee and run from 6:00 pm today through noon on Saturday, March 23.

Created in 1985, Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. Over the last 17 years, Relay For Life has spread to 3,000 communities in the United States and seven foreign countries.

Relay for Life is a community gathering rather than an athletic event, anyone and everyone can participate. Teams form from businesses, clubs, families, friends, hospitals, churches, schools, and service organizations. Team members share a common purpose – to support the American Cancer Society’s mission. Relay For Life also raises funds. Each team member is asked to raise a minimum of $100 before the event.

Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day, cancer will be eliminated.

Welsh will be joined in this effort by members of his executive staff and utility board members in raising funds and walking in memory of Ted Pope, former general manager of Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC).

KUA is Florida’s 6th largest community-owned utility serving 58,000 electric, water and Internet customers in four Central Florida counties. KUA celebrated its 100th year of serving the community in 2001.

Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Corporate Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116