If you live in Kelowna and have been affected by melanoma, you should check out the sixth annual Save Your Skin Walk to Remember on September 19th. The walk was inspired by late Kelowna resident Klara Chrumova, and will be led by Klara’s mother, Lida. When asked about the inspiration for the Walk to Remember, Lida told me that it was Klara’s idea to hold an annual walk to promote local dialogue about sun safety and skin cancer prevention. Klara, who was one of the first patients to reach out to the Save Your Skin Foundation, was initially diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma. “At the time she was diagnosed, we had no idea,” Lida told me, “We didn’t know Kathy [Barnard, Founder of Save Your Skin], we didn’t know where to go or who to talk to”. The Walk to Remember aims to minimize this sense of isolation by bringing together anyone who has been affected by melanoma to share information and resources. The two hour round trip takes you to the top of Knox Mountain Park for stunning views of Kelowna, snacks, and conversation in honour of those who have fought melanoma. This location was chosen because it was Klara’s favourite park, and Lida thinks that Klara “would be happy” to see the walk still happening, and at this location.
While the walk can be somewhat challenging, there is also the option to drive up a paved road most of the way to the viewpoint. Therefore, there is no excuse to not join the Walk to Remember!
Written by Taylor.