Yamaska Valley Optimist Club Virtual Walk to End Cancers continues until Nov. 3

By Louise Smith

For a second year, small cells of walkers got together and walked for the Yamaska Valley Optimist Club Virtual Walk to End Cancers. Between Oct. 3 and Nov. 3, people are encouraged to walk 5 or 10 km whenever and with whomever to raise money for the 20th Anniversary Walk.

It is not too late to get involved. You can register online and download forms at www.yvoc.ca. The minimum amount per participant is $25. More than one million dollars has been raised in the last nineteen years. One hundred per cent of the funds raised goes towards purchasing equipment for the Brome Missisquoi Perkins Hospital. The goal this year is to support all people who are suffering from cancer and its effects.

The walk has three honourary co-chairs, Dr. Christine Cadrin, a gynecologist at the BMP, Ms. Ursula Kofahl Lampron, a cancer fighter, and Mr. Peter M. Treacy, also a cancer fighter. Sponsors for the walk this year are the Banque Nationale, Jean Coutu in Cowansville, and Virgin Hill Coffee.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, a small group of friends and relatives of Cathy Persons-hodge, walked with her for 5 km up and down her former street of residence, Wellington Street in Cowansville. The walk ended with refreshments at Cindy Perkins’ house. The cups, cutlery, and napkins had to all be pink, of course.

With small groups everywhere doing their part, the goal for this year is hoped to be met, and even surpassed.

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