A Brookfield walk to honour cancer survivors

Raissa Tetanish
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BROOKFIELD – They walked for their friends and they walked for their family members. They also walked for Terry Fox, the man who started it all.

More than 200 people gathered at the top of Carter Road on Sunday for the annual Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer research.

“We usually walk for our mom – she’s a cancer survivor,” said Sarah Matheson-Bates, who lives in Middle Stewiacke, about her mother, Ruth.

“Three of our aunts are also cancer survivors, and we have lost some family members to cancer,” her brother, Trevor Matheson, of Hilden added.

Every year for the past five straight years, the siblings have walked the five kilometres to the falls before heading to Ed Creelman Park for entertainment and a barbecue.

“There’s always a good turnout here, and this is a great spot for a walk,” said Matheson, who raised $225 through his co-workers at Pye Chevrolet in Truro for the cause. “And the organizers do a lot of work.”

The siblings also take along their dogs, or at least some of them. They had three between the two of them yesterday.

“They’ll sleep good tonight,” Matheson-Bates said with a laugh.

Like the Matheson siblings, many of the other participants brought their dogs along, while other walked with their children, and some even bicycled. Bible Hill’s Merle Nelson was most notably the oldest participant at the age of 104.

Many dedicated their walk to someone special and posted that dedication on a wall for all to see.

As one of the organizers, and also a cancer survivor, Judy Matheson was pleased with the day’s events.

“It was wonderful,” she said, following the walk and barbecue. “It was a beautiful day and we had so many people come out.”

Including the volunteers at the walk, as well as those at the barbecue, she said close to 300 people were involved.

To date, more than $27,000 was raised this year.

“We’re up from last year and we still have a fair amount of pledges to come in, I think,” she added.

Over the past seven years, Wayne Wolfitt has now raised more than $30,000, having added more than $5,500 to the pot this year.

“I know $30,000 was his goal and he reached that,” Judy said.

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

 

Geographic location: Middle Stewiacke, Ed Creelman Park, Truro

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