Janet Crich competes at a quarter horse show with her mare

Janet Crich competes at a quarter horse show with her mare

Survivor pledges to keep walking

Weekend to End Women's Cancers

Janet Crich calls herself a lucky woman.

“I’m lucky because I had cancer and survived. Others are not so lucky. Many others have not survived their battle with cancer, many families have lost their moms, wives, daughters and sisters to this terrible disease,” she said. “If you haven’t been directly affected by cancer, think for just a second what it would be like to have the next thing your mom/sister/wife tells is that she had cancer. Imagine for just a second what your life would be like if she was gone.”

Crich will be taking part in the Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers to benefit the BC Cancer Foundation the weekend of Aug. 13 and 14 in Vancouver. It will be the fifth time she has been in the walk since she survived breast cancer in 2004 and she vows to walk every year until a cure is found.

“When something like this happens to someone you care about, the first thing you think about is, ‘I wish there was something I could do to help.’ Well, there is. You can help by supporting me in my fundraising efforts to help find a cure,” said Crich, who lives in Spallumcheen.

“I’ve been asked in the past about overhead costs of this event and how much of the money raised goes to research. Only my registration money goes to overhead/administration, and all the rest goes to research and to support care for cancer patients. So that means that all of the money you support me with will help find a cure. Please help me help others.”

This is the eighth annual Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers Walk in Vancouver. Money raised will finance breast cancer initiatives, improve treatment and develop prevention programs, as well as support the fight against gynecologic cancers.

The two-day 60K or one-day 30K walk through Vancouver includes walk support and an overnight camp.

Crich has set a personal fundraising goal of $5,000. To help her reach this goal, see www.endcancer.ca to make a donation online or call 604-684-WALK (9225).

“I am lucky because I have the most wonderful husband in the world. I am lucky because I am retired and live on the most beautiful farm in the Okanagan. I am lucky because I have a wonderful family and friends. I want to help others who are not so lucky.”

One in nine Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. For more information about the B.C. Cancer Foundation, an independent charitable organization that raises funds exclusively for the B.C. Cancer Agency, see www.bccancerfoundation.com.