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$5.1M raised for breast cancer

<p>Cancer survivor Nancy Richards crosses the finish line yesterday after walking 60 kilometres during The Weekend To End Breast Cancer.</p>

Weekend attracts more than 2,000



Jeff Hodson/metro vancouver


Cancer survivor Nancy Richards crosses the finish line yesterday after walking 60 kilometres during The Weekend To End Breast Cancer.





Amid a swirl of pink streamers and balloons, groups of exhausted people marched, staggered and danced into Thunderbird Stadium yesterday at the conclusion of a two-day, 60-kilometre trek to raise money for breast cancer.





More than 2,000 people took part in Vancouver’s fourth annual Weekend To End Breast Cancer, raising $5.1 million for the B.C. Cancer Foundation.





“It’s as hard as anyone could imagine 60 kilometres could be,” said Louise Quenneville at the end of the march yesterday.





Quenneville — with friend Joanne Rowen — was walking on behalf of her sister Marie, a breast cancer survivor.





The walkers broke camp at Killarney Park yesterday morning and began the hike.





Exhausted from the day before, Quenneville said she was unsure if they would be able to finish.





Buoying them on, however, were the groups of breast cancer survivors and volunteers that marked the trail, urging and cheering them on.





“One of the coolest things I saw was a woman leaning up against a tree and her friend was kneeling down to tie her shoe,” Quenneville said. “Her friend was just as sore, but she was doing it.”





Nick Locke, interim CEO of the B.C. Cancer Foundation, said prior to the Weekend, the foundation was only able to donate about $200,000 annually to breast cancer research.





However, in its first three years, the event has raised more than $10 million for research into breast cancer.















Quebecers


  • Louise Quenneville and Joanne Rowen dubbed themselves The French Connection, because they’re from Montreal, and raised $7,300.


 
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