While we may not be able to run together just yet, the Alberta Cancer Foundation has created an exciting opportunity to lace up for a common cause.
Running throughout May, the province-wide Albertans Helping Albertans Virtual 5K encourages participants to individually run or walk at least 5km in support of the cancer centre in their area, including right here in Red Deer. In all, the event will raise funds for 17 Alberta Health Services cancer centres across the province.
The virtual 5K, which was already in the works pre-COVID, also lets people be part of a bigger run/walk event – something typically held in major centres like Calgary or Edmonton – from wherever they live in Alberta, notes Melanie Dekker, Director, Community Relations.
“People want to be part of something and they want to set and reach a goal,” Dekker says. “This virtual run lets them do both!”
Now, more than ever
A fun, safe way to practice social distancing while supporting the more than 20,000 Albertans who will be diagnosed with cancer this year, the Albertans Helping Albertans Virtual 5K will enhance patient care and improve comfort measures at every centre.
Every donation will help drive the individual needs and vital services of the participant’s chosen centre, where world-class equipment, technology and personnel can help change the lives of patients and their families.
Get started today!
Fundraising can start immediately, with the race running through May 31. Registration is open and free for individuals under 18 years old, and $20 for all other participants.
The first 300 people who register and complete their run or walk receive a medal.
Whether you’re an avid runner whose previous events with the Foundation have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, a beginner debuting your running career, or an Albertan wanting to walk to make a positive difference in your community, this event is suitable for all groups and ages.
To participate in the Albertans Helping Albertans Virtual 5K Race, and support the cancer centre most meaningful to you, visit: albertacancer.ca/virtual5k/
The Alberta Cancer Foundation is the official fundraising partner for all 17 Alberta Health Services cancer centres, including the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. .