Walk of Hope steps forward for breast cancer

Fundraising group set to walk the walk

Breast cancer research and clinical trials at the Cross Cancer Institute are set to get a big boost in donations thanks to an extraordinary group of women participating in 2014’s Women in Action – Steps of Hope event.

Taking place in early May, this bi-annual walk will pit these volunteers against the harsh conditions of coastal Nunavut. Beginning in Rankin Inlet, and making a loop to Whale Cove and back, they will trek on foot through ice, snow, wind and blazing sun, a journey of almost 200 kilometres.

Women in Action – Steps of Hope was initiated by Edna Elias, the current Commissioner of Nunavut, as a way to give back to the institution that helps so many people in the North. In 2012, the inaugural year, the walkers surpassed their $80,000 funding goal and gave more than $90,000 to the Cross Cancer Institute.

Speaking about the group’s online fundraising efforts, Amber Williams, events development officer for the Alberta Cancer Foundation, was enthusiastic when she described the generosity of donors. “I’ve spent some time in these communities and they’re truly amazing. This is an exrtraordinary group of women that is well-supported by a wonderful community.”

To contribute or to learn more about the event visit albertacancer.ca/womeninaction2014

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