Con­tin­u­ing to take steps

Breast cancer walk held in Petawawa Satur­day raises $5,000 for re­search

The Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STEPHEN UHLER

PETAWAWA – The bat­tle against breast cancer con­tin­ues.

On Satur­day morn­ing, the iconic fundraiser Tak­ing Steps Against Breast Cancer, tak­ing place near the start of Breast Cancer Month, was held at Petawawa’s Emer­ald Neck­lace Trail, start­ing at the Cen­ten­nial Park en­trance.

While con­di­tions weren’t ideal due to the rain, 25 peo­ple took time from their Thanks­giv­ing week­end to take part in the twok­ilo­me­tre walk, and help raise a pro­jected $5,000 for the cause, a com­bi­na­tion of do­na­tions and spon­sor­ships.

Lana Gorr, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment spe­cial­ist with the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety Ren­frew County Com­mu­nity Of­fice, thanked ev­ery­one for tak­ing part, in­clud­ing the vol­un­teers. She also thanked the spon­sors of the event: EGM In­sur­ance, the pre­sent­ing spon­sor; Hyska’s In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer, the food spon­sor; and the Petawawa Phys­io­ther­apy and Sports In­jury Clinic, the sup­port­ing spon­sor; plus the many trail spon­sors through­out the area.

“At the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety, the month of Oc­to­ber is more than just rais­ing aware­ness of breast cancer,” she said, “it is about tak­ing ac­tion to save lives.”

Gorr said breast cancer is the most com­monly di­ag­nosed cancer and the sec­ond-lead­ing cause of cancer-re­lated death among Cana­dian women.

“A woman has a one-in-eight chance of de­vel­op­ing breast cancer in her life­time,” she said. How­ever, thanks to re­search and other de­vel­op­ments, the breast cancer sur­vival rate is now 87 per cent be­cause of im­prove­ments in early de­tec­tion and treat­ment.

“The Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety is now the largest na­tional char­i­ta­ble fun­der of breast cancer re­search in Canada,” she said, stat­ing so far this year, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has ded­i­cated $12 mil­lion to fund a wide range of Cana­dian re­search pro­jects re­lated to breast cancer.

Petawawa res­i­dent De­siree Cre­vier, the hon­orary sur­vivor of the event, spoke to the par­tic­i­pants about her cancer jour­ney. The 36-year-old Petawawa mother of six bat­tled stage three breast cancer. She has un­der­gone treat­ment and has since had a pos­i­tive di­ag­no­sis.

The day she was di­ag­nosed is one she will never for­get, ad­mit­ting it had left her numb and afraid for the fu­ture. It is the sup­port of fam­ily and friends, es­pe­cially her chil­dren and hus­band, that helped see her through the or­deal.

“My hus­band stayed with me through this, and is some­one who gave me great mem­o­ries at a time when there weren’t a lot of them,” she said. She also thanked her six chil­dren – and one adopted – who were there through this as well.

“When I learned I would lose my hair be­cause of the chemo­ther­apy, I held a head-shav­ing party,” Cre­vier said, turn­ing the day into a day of laugh­ter in­stead of tears.

An­other source of sup­port was the peo­ple at the cancer clinic in Ot­tawa, as both staff and pa­tients were in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive.

“I’m cur­rently cancer free,” she said, although she still has to go for scans and fol­low-up ex­ams. “For now, it has mostly been good days.”

When I learned I would lose my hair be­cause of the chemo­ther­apy, I held a head-shav­ing party.” De­siree Cre­vier, Petawawa res­i­dent


Eva Brushett, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the Tak­ing Steps Against Breast Cancer, leads the way to­wards the Emer­ald Neck­lace Trail at Petawawa's Cen­ten­nial Park Satur­day morn­ing. Some 25 peo­ple took time out of their Thanks­giv­ing week­end to help raise money for the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety.


De­siree Cre­vier, the hon­orary sur­vivor of the Tak­ing Steps Against Breast Cancer event, joins par­tic­i­pants in the fundrais­ing walk, which was held at Petawawa's Cen­ten­nial Park and the Emer­ald Neck­lace Trail Satur­day morn­ing.

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