Remembering Charlie

Charlie Anderson, Challenge Alaska athlete and inspiration to all passed away April 15, 2011 in his home in Anchorage. Six years ago, Charlie's life changed dramatically. Diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumor, grade IV, he underwent brain surgery at UCSF, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. A pulmonary embolism then occurred, greatly affecting his vision, creating legal blindness and partial paralysis on the right side of his body. After nearly two years in a wheelchair, he regained not only the ability to walk again but also to run, ski, dance, bike and swim. On Easter Sunday 2007, Charlie met Carole Chambers, a volunteer ski coach for Challenge Alaska and Challenge Alaska Board member. They fell in love and married on Maui on Nov. 13, 2008, recently celebrating their second anniversary with a return trip to Hawaii. Charlie generously supported Challenge Alaska's many activities and fund raising events with his time and resources. Charlie blessed the lives of all he touched and inspired people with his zest for life and is beloved by the Challenge Alaska family.

On Wednesday, April 20, 2011 after a private memorial service, the public is invited to a reception to celebrate Charlie's life at 7 p.m. at the Hotel Captain Cook.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Challenge Alaska.

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