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The 2014 CancerCare Manitoba Challenge for Life 20k walk ends in Assiniboine Park Saturday.

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CANCERCARE Manitoba's Challenge for Life participants picked a beautiful day to raise close to $1 million.

The seventh-annual fundraising walk raised just over $956,000 by the end of day Saturday.

Two big-hearted volunteers, Mark and Sharon Evans, also pledged to top off whatever the final total is by the end of the year to make an even $1 million.

The 20-kilometre Challenge for Life walk began at Assiniboine Park around 9 a.m., wound down Wellington Crescent, through Memorial Park and eventually back to its starting point.

There were 517 registered walkers each of whom had to raise at least $1,000 to participate in the challenge.

CancerCare Manitoba Foundation's president and CEO, Annitta Stenning, was very proud of the participants, who all raised much more than the bare minimum.

"The support of our walkers, our donors and our sponsors -- those three combined -- make this such a successful event," she said.

"They take so much pride in achieving this because they so much want to be part of the solution in helping people with cancer here in Manitoba."

After its seventh year, the Challenge for Life has raised just over $6,925,000 in pledges, all of which are donated to research, prevention and patient-care methods at CancerCare Manitoba.

"And those are all net dollars, clean dollars, which is pretty incredible," said Stenning of the money raised.

"We're grateful, proud and over the moon," she said.

 

-- Botelho-Urbanski

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 8, 2014 A3

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