Thousands of people laced up their sneakers this morning for the 10th annual Rankin Cancer Run in St. Catharines.
It’s the largest fundraising event in the Niagara region.
Last year Miranda Montague was able to walk the Rankin Cancer Run alongside her nephew. This year she was walking for Tucker who lost his battle with Burkitt’s Lymphoma in December.
” I honestly think it’s unbelievable to support anyone who is fighting the battle right now, who has passed on, future survivors” says Montague.
Len Charlebois and his daughter Lydia are participating in hope for the people they know who have been diagnosed with cancer and in memory of those they have lost.
across the street from the finish line — <4:39:22> port weller school where just this thursday, they lost one of their early childhood educators jackie harper. <4:32:37>
Steve Reimer is walking for Jackie Harper. She was an early childhood educator at Port Weller School and lost her battle on Thursday.
” She’s an inspiration for everybody that knows her or knew of her. Just her bravery, she didn’t want people feeling sorry for her. She was living life to her fullest and just an amazing person.”
In it’s first year about 3000 people participated. Now 10 years later organizers say there are about 13 000 runners and walkers.
All of the funds raised at today’s run go directly towards cancer care in the Niagara region.
Today’s event raised $900 000, adding to the 4.6 million dollars the Rankin Cancer Run has raised in the previous nine years.