Former resident halfway to fundraising goal

A former Fort Frances resident hoping to paddle across Georgian Bay for breast cancer research this summer already has raised more than half of her $2,500 goal.
Kathleen McFayden will be among dozens of women participating in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s “Paddle to a Cure” program.
The fundraiser brings together groups of women whose lives have been touched by breast cancer—be it those who have lost loved ones to the disease or those still battling it.
In a recent interview via e-mail, McFayden said she’ll be on the “Women on the Way” sea-kayaking trip on Georgian Bay from Aug. 3-10. 
“This trip was my first choice as it is the longest trip,” she said.
“Paddle to a Cure” won’t officially register McFayden for the journey until she has raised the minimum $2,500 for cancer research to take part.
But while she once was intimidated by the thought of raising that much money on her own, McFayden isn’t quite as concerned now.
“I’ve raised $1,100 already,” she noted. “Breast cancer reaches so many people that when people learn of what I am doing, they want to help.”
Contributions have come from all parts of her life. Friends from university and teachers’ college, co-workers, family, and those she met while travelling with “Up With People” a few years ago all promised to contribute.
McFayden, who will be back in Fort Frances next week, also has received support from several local businesses, including, Celeste’s Hair Design, MacDonald Motors, and Pharmasave, as well as Weechi-It-Te-Win Family Services Inc.
While raising money for breast cancer research is an important aspect of this program, McFayden said just talking about the disease and urging women to get checked is her main focus.
“I just want to put breast cancer in the forefront of people’s minds,” she stressed. “[For] women to ensure they have an annual examination and men to encourage and support the females in their lives to get checked.
“Many people have been touched by breast cancer, either by having had breast cancer themselves or knowing a loved one who has.”
Anyone interested in contributing to her fundraising efforts can drop off cheques, payable to “Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation,” at Taggs Sporting Goods or the Fort Frances Times office.
Donors also can mail cheques to her home at 70 Mill St., Apt. #3, Orangeville, Ont., L9W 2M7.
All donations of $20 or more automatically will be given a tax receipt. Donations for less than that can request one.