It was a Great Day to Walk Run Bike for Hope
Walk Run Bike for Hope Start

The start of the Walk/Run/Bike for Hope at Kivi Park on Sunday drew a whole lot of people who raced and raised money for the Northern Cancer Foundation.

There was a sea of blue t-shirts gathered at Kivi Park for the start of the Walk/Run/Bike for Hope, the third race in Northern Cancer Foundation’s MOVE: The Kivi Park Fitness Series. Fortunately the sky turned blue too just as the race started on Sunday, May 27th at 11 a.m..

Walk Run Bike for Hope kids

Pascal (left) and Alexie helped to raise money for the race and presented it to Tannys Laughren – Executive Director of Northern Cancer Foundation. The kids took part in the race with their mom Jaime.

Hundreds of people of all ages came out to support Northern Cancer Foundation in Greater Sudbury. Many were running in memory of a family member or friend who had cancer and some participants were survivors themselves who realize how important patient care, research and the newest equipment helped them through their illness.

Individuals, families and groups raced distances from 1 km to 10 km on foot, bike, and the youngest participants, in baby strollers. Lunch was served to everyone after the race.

Walk Run Bike for Hope Adventure 365

Adventure 365 is a great supporter of MOVE: The Kivi Park Fitness Series. Melissa Anderson of Adventure 365 was on hand with a booth with the beautiful Sudbury bike shirt you see. Proceeds raised by the sale will help out the Northern Cancer Foundation, Laurentian Para Nordic Ski Team and many other local not-for-profits. Visit Adventure 365 to find out where you can get yours. Adventure 365 and has also provided a Bike Fix Station at Kivi Park (top left) so all bikers using the park can quickly make repairs and continue on their way. 

If you couldn’t make the race you can still donate to the cause. So many survivors, families and groups have created funds at Northern Cancer Foundation to help families in Greater Sudbury with treatment costs, equipment purchases and more. When you support the Northern Cancer Foundation you can make a general donation or you can choose to donate to one of the many funds set up for a specific purpose. You can find out more about these funds and make a donation here.

In May 2015, Sean Lee created Lise’s Cancer Support Fund through the Northern Cancer Foundation after he lost his wife Lise to cancer in 2014. The Lise’s Cancer Support Fund was set up to provide assistance for palliative patients who are at home for the end of their days. Sadly, taking care of a loved one at home puts a very real financial and emotional burden on the family and Lise’s Cancer Support Fund has provided the necessary equipment needed by patients so that families don’t have to worry about that during this time. You can donate to Lise’s Cancer Support Fund here.

Walk Run Bike for Hope Fran Roque

Fran Roque volunteered her time to give out fruit donated to participants of the race a donation provided by Sean Lee.

Sean supports MOVE: The Kivi Park’s Fitness Series and donated a whole lot of fresh fruit for participants at Sunday’s race although he was unable to attend. Proving the bond that exists between families who are fighting cancer, the fruit was given out by Fran Roque who started another fund six years ago in memory of her daughter Cristina Roque who passed away in 2012. Cristina had to travel to Ottawa for treatment for her cancer and after she passed away Fran and Cristina’s friends decided that they could help families by starting the Cristina Care Fund to help other families with travel expenses. Visit Cristina Care Fund to find out more and you can make a donation online here.

Walk Run Bike for Hope Volunteers

There were plenty of volunteers on hand including these three students Rainna (left), Ashley and Hailey from École secondaire du Sacré-Cœur who along with many other classmates volunteered their time to help out during the race.

If you were unable to attend this race in the MOVE – The Kivi Park Fitness Series you can register for The Miner’s Mayhem which will take place on June 23, 2018 at Kivi Park. You can read all the details here.  If you register before midnight on June 3, 2018 you can save some money on your registration too. You can register at Adventure 365 or online here.

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