When Sherry Kozer saw an ad for the Albertans Helping Albertans Virtual 5K she knew wanted to participate.
On May 1, Sherry and her daughter Savannah completed their 5 K run.
“Savannah and I usually do a few runs together every year, however, with COVID-19 and all regular group runs being cancelled we were looking at other options, “says Sherry.
The Alberta Cancer Foundation launched a virtual, province-wide fundraiser set to take place during the entire month of May.
The Albertans Helping Albertans Virtual 5K is a campaign that will raise funds for the 17 Alberta Health Services cancer centres across the province, by encouraging participants to individually run or walk a minimum of five kilometres in support of the cancer centre in their area, from Fort McMurray to Red Deer to Lethbridge.
“I’ve been involved in many organizations in my community over the years so I understand the need to raise funds.
“During this time of COVID-19, many organizations have had to come up with different ways of raising funds as people are social distancing and self-isolating.
“What a great way though to still get people involved but respect the social distancing.
“I have done many virtual runs and continue to do so because of the convenience of being able to run when it works for me, says Sherry.”
The campaign aims to reach $125,000. With under two weeks to go the campaign is about 50 per cent of the way there.
The Crist Family Foundation, one of the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s generous and loyal donors has graciously offered to match all donations up to $25,000 to help the foundation reach its goal.
That means everyone donation has double the impact.
Sherry and Savannah are raising funds for the Camrose Cancer Centre. The funds raised for each centre will help to enhance patient needs and experiences. This can include items such as comfortable treatments chairs, warming blankets and upgraded waiting rooms.
During this time of the pandemic, staff at the centres are also hearing from Albertans who are facing emergency financial needs, for items such as paying for gas to treatments, buying groceries and paying essential bills.
Funds raised will also help support Albertans to ensure they do not need to decide between treatment and day to day expenses.
You can still register at albertacancer.ca/virtual5k/