By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer
If you are in Canada this weekend, make sure to check out two Cure convoys, one in Alberta and the other one in Ontario, which are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1.
Besides battling breast cancer, this year’s Ontario East Convoy for a Cure event will be raising money to fight three other types of “killer cancers.”
Rachèle Champagne, Cure convoy founder, told Land Line recently that she decided to make the change to this year’s convoy based on input from the driver community.
“I kept hearing that drivers wanted to participate in the convoy, but they had lost someone to another type of cancer like lung or prostate or colon cancer, and they wanted to raise money to help find a cure for those types, too,” she said. “So this is a way that drivers can all come together and raise money and donate it to fight the cancer of their choice.”
This is the fourth year for Champagne’s convoy, which is set to roll on Saturday, Oct. 1. Another change in 2011 is that it will be starting from two different points. Drivers will have the option to start at either the 730 Truck Stop in Cardinal, Ontario, or the Pilot Flying J in Dorion, Quebec. The finishing point will be the Fifth Wheel Truck Stop in Cornwall, Ontario.
Money raised from this year’s event will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. Champagne said participants can designate which type of the four cancers they want their money to go toward.
This will be the third year for the Cure convoy in Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, Oct. 1. This year’s convoy is being organized by Tara Sherman and Mylene Rusk.
Sherman told Land Line recently that the convoy will run from the Roadking Travel Center in Sherwood Park and will end at Blackjack’s Roadhouse and Casino in Nisku, Alberta.
This year’s donations will again go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Sherman said the cost to enter this year’s convoy is $75 and will feature a male support convoy.
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