KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 25, 4:00 pm —
Jim Welsh, President & General Manager of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA), walked 41 miles this weekend as part of the American Cancer Society ‘s annual “Relay for Life” fundraiser. Welsh and his team from the utility raised more than $4,500 in memory of Ted Pope, former general manager of neighboring Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), who died of cancer earlier this year.
The walk at Gateway High School in Kissimmee began at 6:00 pm on Friday, March 22 and continued through noon on Saturday, March 23. Welsh walked all 18 hours of the event, taking only periodic breaks to change his socks and shoes. He was joined in this effort by members of his executive staff and utility board members in raising funds for cancer research. The team from KUA was one of 58 teams that participated in this year’s event.
Welsh finished second in overall distance to Mike Kloehn of Osceola County Government who walked 42 miles in sixteen hours.
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.
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.
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