To whoever gets to read this, PLEASE take two minutes out of your busy day to read until the end and find out how you can help.
I am just over 4 months in remission and I have a plan to give back to the Cross Cancer Institute that was so critical to getting me through this and to give a grateful father back to his sons.
Additionally, being a military and Police Veteran I have been contacted by other veterans and friends who know my fears of failure and will be joining me on the route. Many are going to be doing it virtually (Most of them are in England.)
My route will be starting at Terwillegar Dog Park at 08:00hrs, heading on the trails towards Ft Edmonton Park, sticking within the River Valley upto the Walterdale Bridge. Leg 2: Will be returning on the same route until we get back to the dog park (approximately 20 miles). We will then continue to do 3 mile loops of the dog park until we reach the 30 miles.
You can join us for:
The following times are approximate but please join at any point:
1) 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM step off Terwillegar dog park. Lots of parking
2) 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM (Five mile point) Saskatchewan drive and 76 Avenue. Street parking available.
3) 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM New Walterdale Bridge (Ten mile point) Parking available at Kinsmen Sports Centre
4) 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Back through "Route Teresa" (Fifteen mile point) at Saskatchewan drive and 76 Ave. Street parking available. Note: Christina will be at the dog park to help direct people towards the donations link, T-shirt link, and route progress/updates.
5) 2:00 PM Back at Terwillegar dog park. (20 mile point) Lots of parking
6) 2:00 PM onwards. Final ten miles will 1 and 3 mile loops of the Terwillegar dog park until we reach our goal (47 km/29.2 miles)
Additional information and help?
Link to the route: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1asy8ELTcawCXFHJTVDGgtl03fRbFVXUM
If you know of a way you can help or would like more information, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can donate a service, qualified massage therapy, stretching coaching, supplying coffee/tea refreshments etc please reach out.
If you know of any businesses that wish to support this event, please also reach out.
Cancer can have a huge strain on finances. Sometimes people opt out of therapy if they can’t afford to take time off work or they are often forced to cash in their RRSPs or use up their savings. Long-term disability insurance typically only makes up 60 per cent of a paycheque. Applying for any governmental financial assistance can take up to six months, and some of those funding options only last a few months. Meanwhile the bills pile up and some families are forced to declare bankruptcy, all on top of one member’s failing health. The costs that go along with the disease can sometimes be so overwhelming that a patient will decide not to have life-saving therapy like a transplant and instead opt to save travel costs by choosing a lesser treatment.