Hope for Huntsman, a benefit event for Pahranagat Valley High teacher and girls varsity basketball coach Amy Huntsman was held March 15 at the parking lot of the LDS Church in Alamo.
Event organizer Tonya Mortensen said she wanted to do something to help Huntsman, a single mom, diagnosed in early February with breast cancer. “I just thought she might need some help financially to get through it all, to not have that burden.”
The fun walk was held, and kept at 1-mile to encourage the little kids to participate. “A 5k is just a little too difficult for them,” she said.
“We called a lot of people to get sponsors, some people made items for a bake sale, special T-shirts for sale were donated, and food for the breakfast, put on with the help of the PVHS Track team, was all donated by Great Basin Foods. Other donated items will continue to be sold during middle school basketball games.
“100 percent of the proceeds will go to Huntsman,” said Mortensen.
Lola Sharp said Mortensen approached the Run For Your Life group and asked if they could also help, and they put together a 1-mile walk in the morning before the breakfast.
Huntsman herself said, “It’s really overwhelming. I really don’t know what to say. I’m really humbled by all the support. I didn’t realize when all this starting coming together how much support I was going to need, and this (benefit) really, really does empower you, lift your spirit, and help me get through so much already. It’s helpful and it’s important. You can’t do something like this alone.”
And, with the support shown by the community, including family and friends, she is not having to.