Behind each step taken is a story. With every kilometre Walked, a reason for the journey. Though united as one with a singular goal, the passion behind the purpose is unique to each person who is part of our movement.
We are the Faces of OneWalk. We walk to honour all of the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters, friends and others touched by cancer. Lifting each other up, pledging our time and energy so that one day, we can live in a cancer-free future.
This month, we are asking you to tell us your story. Honour those you have chosen to Walk for by taking a few minutes to share your why.
“After seeing an ad on TV for the inaugural OneWalk to Conquer Cancer™ benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation, I was immediately inspired to register. I have had a yearning to raise money for cancer research for a long time, and since my mom was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, I knew I had to do something.
When my husband was 19 years old, he lost his mother to cancer. After a long battle with esophagus and stomach cancer, the woman who would have been my mother-in-law passed away at the age of 41. I never knew her… And then in 2015, my own mother heard those fateful words ‘you have cancer.’
I am grateful that my mom is doing well since her diagnosis with multiple myeloma. She will be receiving a stem cell transplant in November of this year. The advances in diagnosis and treatment since my husband’s mother had cancer in 1998 are apparent in my mother’s own cancer treatment.
I’m happy to support the incredible work of the Alberta Cancer Foundation by participating in OneWalk year after year.”
“It seems as though every family one way or another has been affected by cancer. Mine is no exception. Both of my parents have had scares, albeit small, and I have sadly seen two aunts in my family succumb to ovarian cancer. One was my mom’s sister and the other was my dad’s brother’s wife—further evidence that cancer can impact anyone.
Participating in OneWalk on my own was a really nice way to honour my aunts. As I Walked through Calgary on that sunny day, I found myself thinking of my aunts, my mom and the countless mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and sons who have been touched by cancer. Even though I Walked on my own, it was easy to meet new people to chat with along the way. Perhaps the best part of the experience was that no matter the person, circumstance or reason for being there, the energy was positive and inspiring. You can really feel the camaraderie and that everyone is there for their own personal reasons.
I’ve already registered for the 2017 OneWalk. I’m really looking forward to partaking in this special event year after year!”
“In 2009, when my son was just a year and a half old, he was diagnosed with a germ cell tumour, a fairly rare form of cancer. My son’s whole treatment regime lasted seven months. There were constant hospital visits and multiple surgeries. I received immense support from my parents and also used arts to help me through the stress and uncertainty during his treatment. My husband and I are delighted that our son is now a thriving eight year old who continues to inspire us daily.
Participating in OneWalk with my colleagues Deb and Allan was an amazing way to connect to the community and support the Alberta Cancer Foundation… Seeing my son and my mom at the finish line was such an amazing feeling. My mom was very supportive during my son’s cancer treatment so it really felt like we were all in this together. It was a great way to acknowledge what my son had been through and thank my mom for all of her support.
I’m already looking forward to next year’s OneWalk. It’s really incredible what can happen when we all come together.”
“Every day, I get to witness the excellent care and treatment delivered at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. It is because of events like OneWalk that we are able to partner with the Alberta Cancer Foundation to enhance our clinical care and invest more in research to offer the best possible treatment to Albertans.”