Local woman walks 25 km to support OneWalk to Conquer Cancer
Walking to conquer cancer
Local Almonte woman Bonnie Wright, left, recently spent five hours walking the streets of Toronto during the 25 km Shoppers Drug Mart One Walk to Conquer Cancer event on Sept. 12. She’s shown here with her sister, Debbie, right, who is a breast cancer survivor. The event was the first annual walk in Toronto, and raised more than $7.5 million for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Walking a mile in someone’s shoes can help you understand their journey – but walking 25 km can do a whole lot more. On Saturday, Sept. 12, one local Almonte woman did just that during the Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk to Conquer Cancer in Toronto. The event was the first of its kind to be held in Toronto, and raised over $7.5 million for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. “Cancer affects everyone,” said Bonnie Wright, who participated in the walk. “It’s everywhere. It’s very, very hard to find someone who hasn’t been affected by it – and that’s why fundraisers like this are so important.” Wright’s own life has been touched by cancer more than once. On top of losing her father to the disease, she has also lost four uncles, a grandfather and a cousin. Even her sister, Debbie, is a breast cancer survivor. “My sister made me want to do the walk,” Wright said. “It’s very important to her, and I wanted to support her.” Wright and her sister walked alongside more than 4,500 other participants during the OneWalk event, travelling all over the city during the five-hour journey. Being an avid walker already, Wright was prepared for the trek. She didn’t do any special training, but she made sure to have comfortable shoes to wear. The rest of her outfit was chosen by her sister. “I have to wear pink,” Wright said in an interview ahead of the event. “I hate pink. But we had an agreement that whoever raised the most money could choose the other’s outfit.” Wright and her sister collected pledges from everyone they knew. They started with family and friends, then co-workers and friends of friends and so on. The fundraising web spread far and wide, with dozens of people pledging their cause. Overall, Wright said she was happy to be participating in such a good cause. “It will be a long day, but it will be worth it,” she said. “It’s outside, with my sister and for a good cause. It doesn’t get much better than that.” Plans for the 2016 OneWalk to Conquer Cancer are already underway. It will take place on Sept. 10 again in Toronto. For more information or to register, visit www.onewalk.ca.