The fifth annual Kendra’s Walk to help teens with cancer gets under way at 2 p.m. this afternoon at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School.
At the age of 15, Kendra McBain was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer, alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. Kendra spent countless hours of her teen years undergoing treatment in the children’s section of CancerCare Manitoba.
Kendra decided to raise money to create a special place just for teens at CancerCare Manitoba — a welcoming sanctuary for those young people who were no longer children, but were also not yet adults. Despite her terrible illness, Kendra put incredible heart and energy into organizing an event called Kendra’s Walk.
The inaugural walk took place on May 29, 2009. Kendra’s courage, her determination and her sunny smile won the hearts and support of thousands of people in the community. She died in December of that year.
The event raised more than $160,000 for CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. Kendra’s efforts not only provided a cozy room designed specifically for teens with cancer, but also significant funds for CancerCare Manitoba's Teens Living with Cancer (TLC) support program, and further research into rhabdomyosarcoma.
The walk begins at SJR at 400 South Dr. To donate online, go to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation --- Kendra's Walk at www.cancercarefdn.mb.ca.