Laurie Pentney wanted to pay tribute to her late husband by taking the fight to the disease that robbed her of him.
She found she had a legion of supporters willing to take up the cause with her, and hopes to have even more join the battle this time around.
Pentney will host a charity walk for cancer at her Spruce Creek Golf Course on Highway 619 near Morson this Saturday at 9 a.m.
Proceeds from the $25 registration fee, as well as all pledges collected by participants, will go towards the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s Northern Cancer Fund.
Pentney has specified to the centre that the money raised during Saturday’s walk is to go to its satellite chemotherapy clinic located at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.
“The passing of my husband, Ken, was my incentive to start it last year,” she explained.
“I came to discover there’s a real benefit in having people able to do their chemotherapy in Fort Frances rather than travelling to Thunder Bay each time,” she noted.
“It was a huge thing for Ken’s comfort and well-being.”
Last year’s inaugural event brought in more than $6,000–roughly $2,000 more than last year’s Terry Fox Run in Fort Frances that drew more than twice as many people.
“I was flabbergasted,” Pentney said of the fundraising acumen of last year’s participants.
“Our goal was only $3,500.
“I shamelessly e-mailed everyone on my contact list to donate and I was amazed at the response,” she added.
The course event will cover five km, and can be walked or run by the participants.
There also will be games taking place, with prizes available at various points along the route.
“Last year we had a great day,” said Pentney.
“We had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun, and we look forward to raising more for a good cause this year.”
People can donate online either by going to northerncancerfund.kintera.org/sprucecreek2017 or by clicking on the link found on the course’s Facebook page.