Knock Out Cancer is the theme of this year’s event, says Shelley d’Eon, founder and president of the Rosalin Nickerson CARE Fund Society.
“There will be more emphasis on the survivors,” she says. “We want to encourage the new cancer survivors and those battling the disease. You can survive. It’s not a death sentence. Attitude has a lot to do with how the disease affects your body.”
Each year local cancer survivors are honoured at the event, and those who lost the war are remembered.
“We usually get 60 to 70 survivors each year,” says d’Eon, adding the society did a fundraiser this year to purchase team jerseys for the survivors. There will also be a survivor mystery box challenge that only a survivor can win.
“We’re hoping for as many survivors as possible to show up,” she says.
A balloon release, rose-laying ceremony, silent auction, bid auction, raffle draws, music and words of inspiration are all part of the event. Amy Hockley will be emcee this year. She will also perform some gospel music. The guest speaker is Stephanie Blades of Centreville, who is both a cancer survivor and fighter. Also taking the musical stage will be Amber Malone and the Glee Club for a little bit of country.
The bid auction has already begun online on three carvings by Ducky Schnare, Milford Hopkins and one donated by Susan Messenger, as well as a 1700s Map of Cape Sable Island donated by David Nickerson in memory of his wife, Sundy Nickerson.
Also, special to this year’s walk is a raffle draw for a quilt made by the late Blanche Connie Goreham of Woods Harbour, donated by the family.
“She attended every one of our walks so I reached out to the family to see if they would donate one of her quilts as we wanted to make her a part of the walk somehow,” says d’Eon. “This is how.”
Raffle tickets are also being sold on a rustic wooden bench. Both prizes will be drawn during the walk.
The silent auction table will be laden with prizes this year, including a trip to Toronto and a Maple Leafs game.
“We have some nice things,” says d’Eon, adding the local business community “stepped up to the plate in a huge way” to support this year’s event. The silent auction is a major fundraiser that night.
Last year $86,000 was raised for the fund during Walk for a Cause, including donations from support teams who hold various fundraisers during the year. Walk for a Cause starts at 3 p.m. The doors open at 2 p.m.
Three things to know
1. Walk for a Cause starts at 3 p.m. on Sept. 16. The doors open at 2 p.m. at the Barrington Regional Curling Club on Sherose Island.
2. The Rosalin Nickerson CARE Fund was started by Shelley d’Eon in memory of her mother as a way to help and support residents in the Municipality of Barrington and Town of Clark’s Harbour.
3. Since being started, the society has given out an estimated $450,000 to 300 cancer patients in the area.