Fund established for runner whose feet were amputated

This photo of Marko Chesesto was taken about an hour prior to his disappearance. He'd likely be wearing this outfit. If anyone has seen Marko after 7:15 p.m. on Sunday night, please call University Police Department with any information at 786-1263.
Photo courtesy UAA
More than 30 searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
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Brian McGorry of Alaska Search & Rescue Dogs and his avalanche rescue dog Fundy search a wooded area near University Lake as more than 30 searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
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Brian McGorry of Alaska Search & Rescue Dogs and his avalanche rescue dog Fundy search the wooded area near University Lake with Susie Baxted-Edge of the APD search team as 30 searchers fanned out Tuesday morning, Nov. 8, 2011, from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto who is an elite runner from Kenya.
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More than 30 searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Brian McGorry and Paul Stoklos with the Alaska Search & Rescue Dogs look at a map before searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
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Avalanche rescue dog Fundy bounds through the fresh snow near University Lake as searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
More than 30 searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
An Alaska State Troopers helicopter took part in search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
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Mike Lamagdeleine of the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group listens to a morning briefing before 30 searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
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Amy Holman of the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol searches for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
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Amy Holman and Jim Lewis of the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol along with Carol Sanner of the APD auxiliary search team helped search for missing UAA missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
More than 30 searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
More than 30 searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Jim Lewis of the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol searches for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
More than 30 searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Carol Sanner of the APD Auxiliary Search Team probes snow banks during a search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
More than 30 searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Brian McGorry of Alaska Search & Rescue Dogs and his avalanche rescue dog Fundy search the banks of a creek on the UAA campus as 30 searchers fanned out Tuesday morning, Nov. 8, 2011, to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto who is an elite runner from Kenya.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
More than 30 searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Brian McGorry of Alaska Search & Rescue Dogs and his avalanche rescue dog Fundy search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Mike Lamagdeleine of the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group searches a wooded area for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Brian McGorry of Alaska Search & Rescue Dogs and his avalanche rescue dog Fundy search a wooded area for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Amy Holman of the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol searches for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Jim Lewis of the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol searches for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
More than 30 searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
More than 30 searchers fanned out this morning from the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Jim Lewis of the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol searches for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Brian McGorry of Alaska Search & Rescue Dogs and his avalanche rescue dog Fundy search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Amy Holman of the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol searches for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Carol Sanner of the APD Auxiliary Search Team probes snow banks during a search for missing student athlete Marko Cheseto, an elite runner from Kenya, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News

A fund for UAA All-American runner Marko Cheseto, who recently had both feet amputated due to severe frostbite, has been set up by the university.

Cheseto, a 28-year-old student-athlete from Kenya, early this month disappeared for two days while wearing light clothing during a snowstorm. He suffered hypothermia and severe frostbite and remains hospitalized.

Donations can be sent by check and made out to UAA Athletics/Cheseto Fund, and mailed to UAA Athletics, Wells Fargo Sports Complex, Room 220, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508. Cards and letters can be sent to the same address.

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