INAUGURAL ONEWALK TO CONQUER CANCER RAISES NEARLY $1 MILLION FOR THE ALBERTA CANCER FOUNDATION
Ground-breaking charity walk enables Albertans to fundraise and walk as individuals or as a team, and each participant selects a cancer fund the dollars they raise will support at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cross Cancer Institute and 15 other centres across the province.
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Calgary, June 25, 2016 – Hundreds of Albertans helped raise nearly $1 million for The Alberta Cancer Foundation as part of the inaugural OneWalk to Conquer Cancer. Ground-breaking charity program enables participants to fundraise and walk as individuals or as a team, and each participant selects a cancer fund the dollars they raise will support at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cross Cancer Institute and 15 other centres across Alberta.
“Every day, 43 Albertans hear the words ‘you have cancer,’” said Myka Osinchuk, CEO of The Alberta Cancer Foundation.
“Funds raised through OneWalk allow us to make a difference for cancer patients and their families across Alberta. Through the generosity of Albertans and the tireless efforts of OneWalk participants, we can diagnose cancer earlier, improve treatments, improve quality of life and reduce cancer risk. Together, we are improving the lives of Albertans facing cancer,” added Osinchuk.
The 25 km walk through Calgary’s downtown and surrounding neighbourhoods unites communities of survivors and their supporters who spend months fundraising and training in order to participate. OneWalk organizers expect thousands of Calgary residents to attend public cheering stations throughout the city to support the walkers.
“When I lost my husband Mich to cancer 10 years ago, my sons were only six and 10-years-old and though I felt an overwhelming sense of helplessness,” said Brenda Esquirol, a OneWalk participant from Stettler, Alta.
“I knew I had to stay strong for my sons. My journey doesn’t stop there though. This year, I lost my best friend Chris to cancer. I have always been a believer of taking a negative situation and making something positive out of it. Walking 25 km in one day won’t be easy, but if the funds I raise through OneWalk can help a dad be around his kids a little longer, or keep a friend healthy into old age, it will have all been worth it. I have chosen to fund clinical trials in the hopes of finding new life-saving treatment to take us one step closer to a world free of cancer,” Esquirol added.
The OneWalk Start and Finish Line Festival takes place at Shaw Millennium Park and the setting creates an emotional start and finish for walkers and their supports. The Finish Line Festival is free and open to the public from 11am until 7pm. Activities include live entertainment, music, food and beverage trucks, prize give-a-ways, games, 2017 OneWalk event registration and a vendor expo featuring local retailers, and Alberta-based organizations.
Organizers released June 24 as the date for the 2017 OneWalk, and Osinchuk encourages all Albertans to register now for the second annual event.
“We’re inviting all Albertans to walk with us in 2017. Register today at www.onewalk.ca or call us at 403-879-9802,” Osinchuk concluded.
For a map of the event route and to register or donate, visit www.onewalk.ca