Every year, the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation runs Challenge for Life, a fundraising/awareness event whereby walkers commit to raising $1,000 for CancerCare Manitoba while also taking an active role in maintaining their physical health, thus reducing their risk of getting cancer.
This year, Challenge for Life culminates on Sat., June 13 with a 20-kilometre walk, beginning and ending at Assiniboine Park.
Lauren Alcock is gearing up for her eighth Challenge for Life walk and she’s showing no signs of slowing down.
"When I began, I did this to honour my mother, Helene Hudson, who dedicated her career to helping cancer patients and their families living with Cancer as an oncology nurse," Alcock says.
"My mother was my hero. She said, ‘The opportunity to reach out and help another human being in a meaningful way should not be taken for granted.’ I have always tried to remember this, and so joining this walk was an easy choice for me."
Alcock, the senior logistics co-ordinator and flaxseed merchandiser at Paterson GlobalFoods in Winnipeg, says cancer has struck close to home as well.
"Over the years, I have seen many friends and family battle cancer," says Alcock, who lives in East St. Paul.
"My husband has hemochromatosis, he spent every Friday for three months at CancerCare Manitoba last year treating this blood disorder and still has to go periodically. The care that they take in people is amazing."
Alcock joins eight other members of Team Patterson GlobalFoods for the 20-kilometre walk. She says the trek is a journey filled with emotions.
"Every year when I walk along that path I am overcome with emotion," she says. "Seeing all the people that give their time to this great event, my family is always there cheering me on and supporting me along with my coworkers and so many people from our great community."
For more information on Challenge for Life call 204-927-LIFE (5433) and visit www.challengeforlife.ca.