Why am I walking? Because Cancer F^&#ing sucks

I am participating in the Rexall Onewalk event on both September 6 and 7th, 2019.  Some do one event, while some do both.  I’m doing both.

On the 6th, I will be walking in the City Night 15km walk through downtown Toronto under the stars.
On the 7th, I will be walking 25km in the City of Vaughan up in my old stomping grounds of Boyd Park and Kleinburg.

Yes, that is 40km in two days.

Why am I walking?

First off, let me take a direct quote from the World Health Organization – “Cancer affects everyone – the young and old, the rich and poor, men, women and children – and represents a tremendous burden on patients, families and societies. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world.”

On a personal note, I was one of those who were fortunate enough as a child to not be directly affected by cancer. As a matter of fact, I barely knew anybody who was affected until I was seventeen and lost my grandfather following complications from surgery to remove a spot on his lung.

My own children were not so fortunate. They lost their Opa, my father-in-law to what started as Prostate cancer but spread to his central nervous system in a rapid manner. That is a hole in their lives that can never be replaced. To my wife and my sister-in-law, who lost their father. For my mother-in-law who lost her husband. For myself, who lost a mentor.

I walk for us.

I think of my friends and co-workers that have battled cancer or are currently in a fight with cancer themselves.  Those that have children that are fighting it.   The terrible confusion these young warriors face just trying to understand the world as a whole while dealing with their parent’s grief and suffering through all kinds of procedures nobody should ever have to do.

I walk for them.

To my extended family members who are at various stages of their own fight with the disease and for those who have been lost to it.  Only this month we lost my Great-Aunt Audrey to this terrible disease.  She left behind a large and very loving family who will miss her terribly.  She was gone far too soon.

I walk for everyone.

So, why is raising money important? What does it do?

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is leading the way through critical research initiatives with the intention to Conquer Cancer in Our Lifetime. They are also developing innovative experiences for patients through their Transformation project, with the intent to provide a better and more accessible environment.
Beyond the Foundation itself, consider what a total cure would mean to the world at large. The economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing year over year. As of 2010, it was reported that the total annual worldwide cost of cancer was estimated to be approximately US$1.16 trillion.

In order to make a difference for cancer patients right here in Toronto and across Ontario, I need your support. Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, which is why your support means so much. Please donate to my personal fundraising goal—or join OneWalk and walk side by side with me during event weekend!

Together, let’s help to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime!  You can donate to my cause by going directly to my donation page, through my Facebook profile on my fundraising link there, or you can get money to me directly.  We’ll meet up for coffee and chat!

Thank you for supporting my OneWalk!

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