Lance Mackey signs an autograph to a fan in Skagway.

Lance Mackey signs an autograph to a fan in Skagway.

Bib number 13, Lance Mackey came to Skagway on Oct 14 for a screening of the new documentary chronicling the four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner’s life.
Mackey, 46, who is also a four-time winner of the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2001 but continued sled dog racing entering the 2002 Iditarod race. He has since suffered numerous health issues including having to have a finger surgically removed due to nerve damage. He also needed numerous teeth pulled due to infection, as a result of radiation treatments. He has since had his smile restored.
The event, held at the Eagles, was also a fundraiser for Mackey’s medical bills. Mackey was accompanied by his girlfriend Jenne Smith, and their young son Atigun.
The trip was orchestrated by Cindy Godbey, a.k.a. Dawson Dolly of Dolly’s Wildlife Adventure Tour.
“I don’t have a lot of friends who go out of there way to do things like this,” Mackey told the audience in the Eagles auditorium. “I hope you love the show. I play a very small part [in it]. Somebody else did all of the work. It’s been very successful in different film festivals and what-not. I don’t make a dime. It’s somebody else’s idea. And for whatever reason there’s been a following [of people].”
The movie follows Mackey’s story as he fights back after cancer to take the Iditarod title.
Mackey has won the Iditarod in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He scratched in 2016 due to health problems. Mackey will not be racing in 2017, but hopes to return in 2018.
The fundraiser raised $3,000.
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