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Welcome back to our sixteenth
consecutive year of Kayaking for Cancer!
Kayaking for Cancer provides many opportunities along the entire route to remember departed friends and relatives, to be grateful for those who've survived fights with cancer, and to think of those presently afflicted.
The most meaningful for me occurs behind my home which borders the canal just kilometres from the finish line. In 2010 when I first paddled K4C, we were met at canal's edge by three people handing out cold drinks to the paddlers. One was my wife Jocelyn, just over a year beyond her therapies for breast cancer. The other two were my neighbours Marc and Michelle. Little could any of us imagine that day that within two years Marc would pass away from brain cancer, or that Michelle within the last couple of weeks this year would be diagnosed with breast cancer. For them, for Jocelyn, for previously deceased neighbour Vic, for my deceased mother-in-law Beryl ... five cancers among the five houses in our small condo ... and for my brother Ron, how honoured I've been to paddle again for them and for all cancer sufferers, with the dedicated K4C team, knowing that every year we inch closer to beating the Beast.