A Million Reasons to Celebrate

For the fourth consecutive year, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation’s Challenge for Life 20K Walk has netted over a million dollars for cancer care and research.

The 2012 Challenge for Life took place on June 9th. At that time, the event’s walkers and sponsors had raised over $955,000, but their efforts didn’t stop on the day of the walk. During the next few weeks, donations continued to arrive at the Challenge office.

“This achievement is due to the incredible support of our walkers, fundraisers, sponsors, donors, our Board, and our staff. The Challenge for Life is truly a team effort,” says Annitta Stenning, Executive Director of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. “We can’t thank our community enough for the way they have embraced this event and made it their own. Everyone can feel good about the fact that every cent of this money is staying in Manitoba to help Manitobans with cancer.”

The five-year net total of the Challenge for Life is currently $4.7 million. These funds were immediately put to work funding patient services, support, and cancer research throughout the province.

To participate in the Challenge, walkers must pledge to raise a minimum of $1000 and to take positive steps to reduce their own risk of cancer, such as exercising, eating healthy, practicing safe sun, quitting smoking, and getting regular medical check-ups.

The sixth annual Challenge for Life 20K Walk will be held on Saturday, June 8th, 2013, at Assiniboine Park.