Un­com­mon form of can­cer

Walk planned to raise money for re­search and pub­lic aware­ness


A group of North Shore res­i­dents are plan­ning to join pa­tients, their fam­i­lies and friends across Canada this week­end in a walk to raise money for re­search into neu­roen­docrine can­cer, an un­com­mon form of can­cer.

He­len Woodrow of Western Bay, who is or­ga­niz­ing the walk on the North Shore said, “ we also hope to raise pub­lic aware­ness about the dis­ease.”

Woodrow was di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease last De­cem­ber.

The walk will take place Satur­day, Sept. 24 on a sec­tion of the old Bay de Verde rail­way branch line.

Be­gin­ning at 11 a.m. in Kingston, walk­ers will make their way along the rail bed to the old rail­way sta­tion in Western Bay.

“ The walk cov­ers 7.1 kilo­me­tres,” and Woodrow es­ti­mates, “it will take about two hours.”

While she does not have a spe­cific fundrais­ing goal in mind, Woodrow said, “ we hope New­found­land and Labrador res­i­dents will help the Car­ci­noid Neu­roen­docrine Tu­mour So­ci­ety (CNETS, www.cnetscanada.org) meet their national fundrais­ing goal of $60,000. These funds will sup­port NET can­cer re­search in Canada.”

Neu­roen­docrine tu­mours (NETS) are the fastest grow­ing class of can­cers world­wide. NETS is an um­brella term for a group of un­usual, of­ten slow-grow­ing can­cers that are most com­monly found in the gas­troin­testi­nal sys­tem, pan­creas or lungs. By the time the can­cer is di­ag­nosed, it has of­ten spread and con­ven­tional can­cer treat­ments are not al­ways ef­fec­tive. More re­search is needed.

Woodrow said those who take part in the walk “ will see the rem­nants of the old tres­tles and sta­tion sid­ings, and hear sto­ries about the line.”

Opened in 1915, the Bay de Verde branch line ran from Car­bon­ear to Grates Cove. Just 16 years later, in 1931, the train ser­vice ended on the line. The sleep­ers (ties) were taken up a year or two later.

“Lo­cal peo­ple have never aban­doned the line, and con­tinue to use it in a va­ri­ety of ways,” Woodrow noted.

She ad­vised peo­ple from out­side the Con­cep­tion Bay North area wish­ing to take part in the walk to exit the TCH onto Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way to Vic­to­ria and then en­ter the North Shore on Route 70.

Woodrow said she hopes the branch line walk to sup­port re­search on neu­roen­docrine can­cer will con­tinue north of Western Bay in the fall of 2012.

Any­one wish­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on this event should con­tact: He­len Woodrow, 598-2870 or Glo­ria Green, 587-2746.

The old rail­way sta­tion in Western Bay is the last re­main­ing sta­tion on what used to be the Bay de Verde branch (rail­way) line. The build­ing, which has been re­stored, will be the desti­na­tion for a walk for can­cer this week­end.

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