August 19, 2005
End Cancer
There are many walks and fundraisers for cancer. All very worth while and a great way to raise awareness and bring communities together from all walks of life.

This weekend in Vancouver is the End Cancer walk. What makes this one special is that it is 60 kms! The participants split the walk over 2 days, and camp overnight within the city. It is huge event and raises much needed money for the BC Cancer Agency.

When I did my Relay For Life last year, I learned that 1 in 3 Canadians are affected by cancer. I look at my own family and we have lost far too many. We have three currently undergoing treatment. And just last week, one of my closest friends found out her Mom has acute leukemia. She is currently in hospital on a very aggresive treatment plan.

Why do I bring this up? Well, my sister in law is walking this weekend. She has worked very hard this past year getting in shape and getting ready for this event. 60 kms is not a small commitment. Hell, even DRIVING 60 kms is a big deal some days. She is a hardworking mom, who lost her own mom to lung cancer when she was far too young. She never got to share with her mother the joys she's the birth of her own children and it has been difficult for her to say the least.

The commitment to this walk is also monetary. Each participant needs to raise $2,000 or they are not able to walk. Not only spending two days away from family and the wear and tear on her own body, but the financial commitment is also great.

As of this morning, she is short $200. If she can't raise the minimum, she will need to forfeit the walk. And after all she has done, I just feel so bad for her. She doesn't have large sponsors, or well off friends like some of those walking do. She is just a regular person. Someone who wishes to do what she can to work towards a cure.

If you can spare a little bit, please donate today to her. It would appreciated on so many levels. Even if you are not from Canada, remember that medical breakthroughs don't know borders.

Thank you.

UPDATE: She made it! She spent the day in front of her local Wal-Mart soliciting donations. By last night, she was just about there, when an angel in the form of a blogfriend came to the rescue. I really didn't expect anything from this post, but THANK YOU, Teresa for stepping up to the plate.

Vancouver, British Columbia
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