Changes and uncertainty have come swiftly since the spring, requiring us to do our part to protect ourselves and each other. What has remained constant though is Manitobans’ passion to help those who have faced the burden of cancer during these past seven months. As Challengers have done every year for 13 years, they rose to the occasion once again and raised funds in support of all cancers. They could not gather for our annual in-person event so instead, this past August Manitobans from every corner of our province demonstrated their dedication to the cause through their own individual Challenge events. Practising physical distancing or staying within their bubbles, they walked, cycled, kayaked, swam and did so many more activities as part of the first-ever virtual Challenge. Their personal motivations are amazing and inspiring. “I registered for Challenge for Life as a gesture of appreciation for the remarkable and compassionate care I have received as a patient at CancerCare Manitoba. The staff are always welcoming and caring. The quality of medical care is second to none,” said Ted, cyclist and first-time Challenger from Morden. Ted was one of over 665 participants from 65 Manitoba communities, who along with longstanding sponsors and thousands of donors, raised an incredible $1.053 million. Thanks to them, these funds will help CancerCare Manitoba continue its leading-edge cancer research, offer clinical trials and provide the best patient care. The need to act will not diminish in 2021. While the plans for next year’s Challenge are not quite yet set in stone, we hope you will join us to help raise the bar even higher!
For more information about Challenge for Life please visit challengeforlife.ca or call 204-927-5433.