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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Car wash raises funds for OneWalk for Cancer


On a warm and sunny June 3 Pincher Creek's Allison Malhi gathered an enthusiastic group of volunteers for a cancer walk fundraiser at the Ranchland Mall parking lot. Malhi, a lab technician at the Pincher Creek Health Centre, intends to participate in the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s OneWalk to Conquer Cancer on June 24 in Calgary, but first needs to raise the $1500 minimum donation required to enter. As of today she has raised $1457 on her personal OneWalk for Cancer fundraising page.  The car wash raised $330. "It was a nice day and fairly steady. Lots of fun to be had and almost there to my goal. The community was amazing and very supportive," she said. "Thanks!"

This will be the second year for the OneWalk For Cancer event. It raised almost $1 million last year. The money goes toward research, clinical trials, and enhanced care programs. When participants register they can select which cancer fund their fundraising will support.

Malhi explains her interest in cancer research on her page.  "My first personal experience with cancer was my grandmother. She was diagnosed with her second battle of bowel cancer in her 80's. It had already spread through her body and 6 months later she passed away. My grandmother had survived her first go around with bowel cancer years earlier allowing her to meet her great grandchildren before passing on.

Secondly, I work in health care and everyday I meet someone who is being diagnosed with cancer, managing cancer treatments, or dieing due to cancer. These people become an inspiration to my life. They become family as they walk me through their hopes and struggles. Raising money and walking 25k is a small way I am able to give back to each person who has touched my life. Please help me help support someone you know too!

I will Walk united with a powerful community of survivors and supporters who have fundraised and trained to participate. Together we will march 25km through Calgary, sharing moments and celebrating what we have achieved."

"Through the support of OneWalk, we will help the Alberta Cancer Foundation to make life better for Albertans facing cancer."

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