Northern Cancer Foundation laces up for hope

by Laurel Myers | March 24, 2015

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Members of the Northeast Cancer Centre Walk/Run for Hope organizing committee helped launch the event at a press conference March 24. PHOTO BY LAUREL MYERS

The Northern Cancer Foundation (NCF) will be pounding the pavement for hope this spring as it plays host to a walk/run event for the Northeast Cancer Centre (NECC).

The Cancer Centre Walk/Run for Hope is set to take place June 14 at Bell Park with 100 per cent of the funds raised staying in the community.

“When you look around this place, it’s filled with hope … because of what our community has done,” said Tannys Laughren, NCF executive director. “The community has built every part of this place, whether it’s equipment, patient care or research.”

Under the NCF’s wing, a number of local cancer-related funds have been established, including the Angels in Pink Breast Cancer Equipment; Chemotherapy; Cristina Care; Miners for Cancer Research & Patient Care; Pediatric Oncology; Cancer Centre Needs; Sam Bruno P.E.T. Scan; Stomach Cancer; Supportive Care; Terry Ames Care and Trust Your Bust. Each of the funds is specific in their mandate to keep any dollars raised within Greater Sudbury.

“We’re giving people the opportunity to choose where they would like their funds to go,” Laughren said.

Kimberley Wahamaa, a breast cancer survivor and founder of TrustYourBust.com, said she launched her fund and associated website as a way to reach out to those dealing with a cancer diagnosis by sharing personal experiences.

“We have all been touched by cancer in some way — ourselves, our family, our friends — and we have a story to tell,” she said. “We all want to help the next person who will be diagnosed through cancer care, research and equipment. This event will bring awareness of all the funds together.

“The fact that all the money is kept locally is more rewarding because you know where your money is being spent,” she added. “We have the best research facility in Canada here in Sudbury, why not keep it local?”

Mark Hartman, vice-president, cancer and clinical support, Health Sciences North, said Sudbury and Northeastern Ontario as a whole, have offered the facility incredible support over the past 25 years.

“The support for the centre from this community sends a message to the clinical support and research teams that this community cares about the work they do,” he said. “It motivates us here at the centre to do all we can do to make the difficult times that cancer brings as manageable as possible for patients and their families.”

The event will offer one-, three- and five-kilometre distances, with all routes starting and finishing at the Bell Park Gazebo. Registration is $35, which includes a t-shirt and lunch. Children 12 and under can take part for free. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges for their chosen fund.

For more information or to register or volunteer, visit ncfsudbury.com or phone 705-523-HOPE (4673).

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