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Walking for the cure

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The second annual Whistler Cancer Awareness and Prevention Walk takes place Saturday, June 14. Participants walk 25 km, 12 km or 5 km routes, raising money and awareness for the Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. Yukon.

“Last year the first annual Whistler Cancer Awareness and Prevention Walk was one of the top-five independent fundraising events for the Canadian Cancer Society in British Columbia,” said event founder Tam Peavoy.

The walk will get underway at Dustry’s in Creekside at 10 a.m., followed by an afternoon reception and dinner that afternoon. Fundraising activities include a raffle, 50/50 draw, silent auction, and tickets to the dinner. Aftternoon music will be provided by G Willy, and there will be face painters and a bouncy castle for families with children. In the evening, live music will be played by Joel MacIsaac, and James and Sarah Maclauchlan.

The event was created by Whistler locals Tam Peavoy, Schalene Warren and Shannon Byrne Susko, who had participated in other cancer walks around the province.

“We were all leaving Whistler and participating in cancer fundraisers elsewhere when we realized we should take this energy and organize a local event,” said Warren.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, almost 50 per cent of cancers are preventable, and a portion of the funds raised will ensure that people living in Sea to Sky are getting the information and treatment required.

For more information or registration, visit www.whistlercaap.org.

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