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 June 8 with a 20-kilometre walk, beginning and ending at Assiniboine Park.
Cathy Moser has participated in the Challenge since day one, having lost her mother to cancer. Moser is the captain of Serratus Superstars, which gets its team name from the gym its members work out at.
"We’re all about health and fitness," says Moser, 54, noting the Serratus Superstars range in age from 45 to 58.
"Of course we’re all about raising money for CancerCare, but we’re also trying to take care of ourselves. We’re doing the best we can in terms of prevention by being fit, eating healthy and raising money so in case we have any kind of problems — which we will — we’re making the cures and the diagnostics more accessible."
Moser understands that nobody is immune to cancer, be they affected by the disease directly or by a loved one. That’s the message she tries to get across when she’s fundraising for CancerCare Manitoba.
"When I’m asking for money I say ‘This is an investment in your future,’" Moser says. "Either you or someone you know are going to use the equipment, the research and the knowledge that we’re raising."
"We’re not asking people for money to go on our next trip to Bermuda; we’re giving them an opportunity to do the right thing. We should all be donating some of our earned income to charities. This charity is not my charity, it’s our charity. This is an investment in everybody’s future."
Moser says the Serratus Superstars will have raised over $125,000 for CancerCare Manitoba by the time this year’s Challenge is over. She says the team fundraises with bake sales, garage sales, selling photography (two of the Superstars are hobby photographers) and this year, a house concert by local music duo Keith and Renée.
Also, Moser says the team members like to get their kids involved.
"We’ve enlisted our children to help us. That instils in them the fact that you’re responsible to your community. That’s an added value from the walk and the Challenge," Moser says.
For more information on Challenge for Life call 204-927-LIFE (5433) and visit www.challengeforlife.ca