Challenge for Life is an opportunity to improve your own health, and reduce your personal risk of cancer, while raising money and awareness for all cancers affecting Manitobans. Making progress against cancer requires significant collective effort and the involvement of Manitobans – like you – across our province.
Join the 16th Annual Challenge for Life on June 3, 2023! Or participate virtually May 27-June 3. Challenge yourself to help change the course of cancer in Manitoba.
People of all ages and abilities can enjoy taking the Challenge. Register as an individual, form a community team with friends and family, or form a corporate team with your colleagues!
Three ways to #TaketheChallenge:
20km | 5km | Virtual
The 20km Walk starts and ends in Assiniboine Park and journeys through some of Winnipeg’s most charming and historic neighbourhoods.
The 5km Walk – Take in the cherished character of Assiniboine Park with a 5km Walk in the Park.
Virtual Challenge – Complete your Challenge to reach a distance of 20km or 200 minutes of fitness! Walk, cycle, swim, run or do a workout…from aerobics to zumba and everything in between. There are no limits! Get as creative as you want with your Challenge. Plus, we invite you to join us on June 3 for the event celebrations to walk down Victory Road and ring the bells as you cross the finish line!
A Pumpkin Promise began years ago; not as a named event, but as a simple Halloween idea to find the biggest pumpkins I could…something to laugh at and talk about with the neighbors until the next year’s ‘big’ find! As one of my favorite holidays, my mother also shared this same passion, if not on a larger scale! She loved Halloween and was just as excited to see what size pumpkins I could find the following year.
Over time, it became something I looked forward to each Halloween and grew to become an expected sight in my neighborhood. Local farmers would baby and grow Atlantic Giant seedlings into massive pumpkins and donate them with generous hearts; flat deck trucks, tractors, bobcats and hefty friends helped to load and unload; and finally, best friends forever, who I’m sure curse under their breath the week before Halloween when I call to ask for help with standing the beasts up and showcasing them at their finest…without this dream team, none of this would have been possible each and every year.
In 2009, the passion dimmed when my mother Marietta was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. We loved, cared and supported her through her treatments and subsequent aftercare, until her passing in November 2010. Naturally, Halloween just simply did not carry the same cheer as it had in the past…yet I continued to do it with thoughts of my mom and her smile as she would see the size of these pumpkins upon arrival. A couple years ago, I made the decision to carry this on in memory of my mother and chose to fundraise for cancer. Hence, a Pumpkin Promise was born.
Collecting donations in memory of John Cabral