Fundraising walk for breast cancer being held this weekend

Jeff Hodson/Metro Vancouver


Breast cancer survivor Tina Scorda is among those who will march 60 kilometres over two days in the Weekend To End Breast Cancer tomorrow and Sunday. In the three years Scorda and her team have taken part in the march, they have raised more than $43,000 for the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

In a single week, Tina Scorda went from planning a trip to Europe with friends to planning a cancer treatment regime with her doctor.

“I got a phone call at work to come into the (doctor’s) office,” said Scorda, who had earlier been tested after finding a lump in her left breast.

“My heart started beating out of my chest. I knew something was wrong right away.”

She went to the office and sat waiting for the word she dreaded to hear.

“As soon as he said ‘cancer’, I didn’t hear anything else,” she said. “Everything kind of stops and you think, ‘How? How could this happen?’ I didn’t know if I was going to live. I didn’t know if I was going to die. I just didn’t know.”

Scorda had to quit her job as an office administrator and, for 19 months, went through painful chemotherapy and a partial mastectomy.

“For me it didn’t matter how (my breast) looked,” she said. “What mattered was the cancer was going to be taken out of my body and I was going to be alive.”

Scorda finished treatment two years ago. Now, she is preparing to take part in her third Weekend To End Breast Cancer walk tomorrow and Sunday.

Scorda said the walk is her chance to give back.

“(The walk) is empowering because I survived cancer ... It’s my way to pay back to the B.C. Cancer Foundation for helping me survive.”