Sliding for Hope
Harbour Grace woman battling cancer granted wish for snowy adventure
At least one town on the Avalon Peninsula had snow Monday night, and that town was Harbour Grace.
But the snow didn’t fall from the sky like you’d expect. The snow was a special gift for a local woman who made a wish during the toughest battle of her life — cancer.
The brother of Hope King asked her several weeks ago if she had a bucket list following a less than ideal report from her doctor. She didn’t. But she had one wish — to slide down Martin’s Hill again like she did as a child.
Friend and neighbour Linda Smith knew just what to do to make that come true.
“She said, ‘The only thing I want is to slide on that hill.’ I said, ‘My darling, if there’s a way I can do it, you’ll get it,’” Smith told The Compass.
But how would they get snow?
Smith made some phone calls, one to Harbour Grace Mayor Terry Barnes and the other to Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood. Both agreed to help.
So from dawn until dusk on Dec. 22, Smith ran around, concluding plans for a sliding activity for Hope and the locals who wanted to take part in the rare event.
Harbour Grace blocked a section of Doolins Lane to traffic and supplied a dump truck to pick up snow. The Town of Bay Roberts supplied a front-end loader to load snow on the truck.
Mike Adam of the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium and Joyce Morgan of the Bay Arena worked together to make sure there was enough snow to cover the hill.
The result was amazing, according to several parents who attended the sliding event.
“This was worth every ache and pain,” local mom Jaime George, who made and served hot chocolate, said.
Hope, who is 55, was very excited when she saw the hill covered in snow, and over a dozen kids playing on it. This was the reason for the wish. “That’s what we done when we grew up,” Hope exclaimed. “That’s where the fun was, up on that hill. They don’t know what it is to come out and enjoy it.”
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Hope King takes a turn sliding on Martin’s Hill in Harbour Grace, only a few metres from her doorstep. She grew up sliding on the same hill.