Challenge for Life is a unique annual event designed to improve public health and raise money and awareness for all cancers. All funds raised support leading edge research, clinical trials, and patient care at CancerCare Manitoba. Participants commit to raising a minimum of $250 while taking an active role in maintaining their physical health and reducing their personal cancer risks.
The 2021 Challenge for Life will take place from Aug. 5 to 17. Participants can engage in an activity of their choice in any location, to reach a distance of 20 kilometres or 200 minutes of exercise. They can walk, cycle, swim, run, or do a workout - anything from aerobics to Zumba!
Activities can be completed in one day or spread over the 12 days.
There’s a team of bench scientists working on the fifth floor of the MacCharles building at Health Sciences Centre conducting research in leukemia and hemophilia. Members of that team see firsthand the importance of the Challenge for Life fundraiser and the impact of the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation’s continued support of research.
Motivated to participate in the Challenge for Life by the work they do there every day, Team CancerCure consists of Eileen McMillan-Ward, Erika Gibson, Cheryl Peltier, Dr. Versha Banerji, Elizabeth Henson Hamanishi and Dr. Eilean McKenzie-Matwiy,
"This team started in 2009 when Erika suggested that she and I become involved in CancerCare Manitoba’s Challenge for Life fundraiser where funds raised in Manitoba, stay in Manitoba," said team captain Eileen McMillan-Ward.
"In 2016, Versha joined us and with Cheryl, Liz and Eilean joining us last year; we are now a team of six members, participating in our 13th Challenge for Life."
Team CancerCure has raised over $80,000 since its members decided to combine their efforts to collectively make a difference.
"This year, the Foundation has provided us with funds to buy new research equipment that helps us to grow cancer cells in culture for our experiments. Our new biosafety cabinets are amazing - and we thank the Foundation and all the donors every time we use them. But we also need an ultracentrifuge, as our current machine is broken and cannot be fixed," McMillan-Ward said.
Despite the pandemic, Team CancerCure will forge ahead in the Challenge for Life with a creative plan that will involve a variety of exercises and activities.
"Due to COVID restrictions, our team members will carry out their 20-kilometre walk or combine 200 minutes of exercise by doing yoga, biking, hiking and CrossFit at home."
Team CancerCure is grateful to Ron Paul Garden Centre and The John Russell Honey Company for their support.
Join the movement to change the course of cancer! Register individually or as part of a community or corporate team. For more information visit challengeforlife.ca or call 204-927-5433.
- by Janine LeGal, Special to Canstar
CancerCare Manitoba Challenge for Life
Challenge for Life is a unique annual event designed to improve public health and raise money and awareness for all cancers. Register individually or as part of a community or corporate team. For more information visit challengeforlife.ca or call 204-927-5433.