Thursday, July 5, 2012

Women trekked across sea ice for breast cancer

This is a good news story but... note the comment "there isn't a cancer centre in Nunavut". That must change:

Commissioner of Nunavut Edna Elias double-checked her calendar as Thursday approached.

After completing a 224-kilometre walk on the sea ice across Coronation Gulf to raise money for breast cancer research, Elias, 57, presented an oversized cheque for $95,000 to the Cross Cancer Institute on Thursday.

"I guess I was looking forward to it for a long time," Elias said. "We did it for so many people."

Elias led a group of six women, called Women in Action-Steps of Hope, from Bay Chimo to Cambridge Bay. They braved rain, fog, high winds and blizzards in the name of loved ones lost to cancer and those who are still fighting the disease.

The idea came to Elias after she lost 100 pounds. She figured she could finally tackle a long-distance trek.

"We chose the Cross Cancer Institute as the beneficiary because many of our people receive their treatment here at the centre," said Elias, one of four Nunavut commissioners appointed by the federal government.

There isn't a cancer centre in Nunavut, and while some people go to Yellowknife for treatment, most choose to come to Edmonton.

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