The Yamaska Valley Optimist Club is very pleased to announce the 17th Edition of the Walk to End Women’s Cancers. The event will be held next Sunday, September 30th in Knowlton.
Over the past sixteen years, the Yamaska Valley Optimist Club has helped raise the significant sum of $773,469 for the purchase of equipment specifically dedicated to the prevention and treatment of women’s cancers at the Brome-Missisquoi Perkins Hospital. This year, the funds raised will finance the replacement of a PACS screen. This device captures and stores surgical images in the operating theatre during gynaecological surgery. The surgeon can not only document the file but also make a visual follow-up with the patient after their surgery.
Once again, the Yamaska Valley Optimist Club, the Julie Coderre Jean Coutu Pharmacy (Cowansville), the McGale-Charpentier-Côté team of the National Bank Financial and the BMP Hospital Foundation are joining forces to ensure the success of this new edition. Despite the important achievements made by this initiative, there are still many needs to significantly improve treatments and overcome this disease.
The 17th Edition will be co-chaired by Mrs. Lucy Davis, Occupational therapist at BMP Hospital, and Mrs. Daniela Scherff, a cervical cancer survivor walking this year in honor of her mother, also a cancer survivor. The walk organizers are Louise Gélinas, Johanne Coiteux and Ginette Couture, president of the Yamaska Valley Optimist Club.
The Walk to End Women’s Cancer is a family activity, including our canine friends. Participants will be able to choose between a 5 km or 10 km route through the scenic streets of the Village of Knowlton. The walk will begin and end at the Brome Lake Community Centre (270 Victoria Street, Knowlton). The start will be at 9:30 a.m. sharp with our brave survivors at the front of the pack. A healthy snack and a small barbecue lunch will be offered to all walkers and runners.
The Jean Coutu Pharmacy and other partners are assuming the general costs of the event, so every dollar raised is invested directly in the project. A minimum contribution of $25 is asked to participate. Ultimately, it is the donations raised by participants from their families, friends and neighbours that determine the success of this fundraising event. We encourage businesses and organizations to form teams. Awards will be presented to the individuals and corporate teams that raise the most money. Even our dogs are registered in a special category in order to collect the most money.
Registration can be done online at www.fondationbmp.ca. You can also download and print pledge forms. These are also available in the following locations: Le Panier Champêtre, Royal Lepage (Knowlton), Nettoyeur Houle, Jean Coutu Pharmacy (Cowansville) and Bromont Medical Clinic (Bromont). On-site registration will take place that morning from 8:00 am to 9:15 am.
For more information or to become a volunteer, please contact Louise Gélinas at (450) 243-5317.
Photo from last year’s edition of the event