Four hundred people, from newborns in strollers to spry seniors, went on the cancer walk raising $84,000 for the Brome- Missisquoi-Perkins Foundation.

There were five and ten kilometre circuits, depending on your energy level, all overseen by 60 volunteers under the umbrella of the Yamaska Valley Optimist Club.

This huge, 17-year-old family outing, in early fall, has now managed to raise $850,000 to help fund major cancer-fighting projects at the hospital.

This year, the funds raised will finance two pieces of equipment needed to fight women’s cancers: a PACS and pediatric colonoscope. The Diagnostic Screen System of Mammary Imaging (PACS) will be used in the operating theatre for breast surgery. The pediatric colonoscope will allow easier and safer endoscopic colon examinations, especially for petite women. The colon endoscopy exam allows the prevention and detection of colon cancer.

The 18th edition is already in the works to organise, raise awareness and train for the next time, all aimed at reaching new fundraising heights through healthy living.

Participants work hard at enticing friends, family and colleagues to support their efforts through donations or pledges for distances covered. There are telephone blitzes to this end, “even calls by donors enquiring about why they have not been called yet,” said Heather Padner, their champ who, herself, raised more than $6000.