Eighth Walk of Hope raises over $70,000 Featured

Published on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 06:48

“Hope – having hope propels us to achieve our dreams and drives us forward toward our pursuits.

It also keeps us afloat when everything seems to go wrong. When we feel that we’re drowning, hope is the light at the end of the tunnel – the Northern Star by which we navigate our lives through trials and difficulties toward our dreams of a better day.

When we lose hope, we are a rudderless ship being tossed about without direction. Having and finding hope then, is essential for keeping our dreams upright and continuing to sail in the directions of our attainment.” –Gloria Tibbatts Over the second weekend in September the Expanding Community Cancer Care Committee held their seventh annual Walk of Hope raising $71, 000 for the project.

With the announcement in May that the province would be kicking in ‘the difference,’ , it’s hoped that the need for another Walk of Hope is over. “We did it!” Gloria Tibbatts told the crowd gathered in the tent before the 2022 Walk of Hope officially started with the walk for about 25 cancer survivors behind Staff Sargeant Matt Lavallee and Cpl. Brett Church. “On May 3, 2022, the government announced that they would kick in $700,000 to add to our $1.8 million that we had raised to make the $2.5 million that we needed to build the new chemotherapy unit.” The unit, Tibbatts explained will be attached to the west wing of the Russell Health Centre and will run south from there. The building is now going to be approx. 2,600 square feet, have four stations and room to expand to six stations if needed in the future.

With the geographical and topographical surveys completed, a virtual meeting between Gloria Tibbatts and Judy Forsyth, cancer care nurses and Prairie Mountain Health exec can review the 95% completion of the design and furnishings of the building was held three days after the walk (and too late to be included in this paper). The completed design will be released on Sept. 30th and will then be put out for tender with the deadline for tenders set for Nov. 2, 2022.

“Construction, I believe will likely start in the spring of 2023 as this would save us money on heat, if building through the winter months,” Gloria Tibbatts said.

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