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.