Cancer does not stop because of a pandemic and, consequently, the Yamaska Valley Optimist Club has been creative, adapted to the situation, and worked hard to organize a virtual walk to raise funds to buy a Laparoscopic Tower. This machine, for the BMP Hospital, will be used in less invasive procedures for both female and male cancer patients.

In normal times, the cancer walk would have taken place on Sunday October 4. However, because of the pandemic and to be socially responsible, participants are asked to walk, run or bike, at their convenience, between October 4 and November 4. Exercise is an important step in preventing cancer and this event is one that the whole family can participate in.

You can register for the walk on the new website www.yvoc.ca, created by Catherine Bacon, and find all the information you will require, as well as a video by Louise Penny, one of this year’s Honorary Co-Chairs. The other Co-Chair is Dr. Christine Cadrin, gynecologist at the BMP Hospital. You can also download and print pledge forms as well as create your own fundraising page.

Forms are available at: Le Panier Champêtre and Royal Lepage in Knowlton; Nettoyeur Houle and Pharmacie Jean Coutu in Cowansville; Bromont Medical Clinic. All previous participants will receive a letter in the mail or an email. Donations by cash or cheque can be made at the above locations. A minimum of $25 is required to participate and since our health is of prime importance, this virtual event has been conceived to respect social distancing.

Sponsors for the event are: Pharmacie Jean Coutu, Julie Coderre and the National Bank Financial McGale-Charpentier-Côté team. The organizers are: Lucy Davis, Louise Gélinas and Johanne Coiteux.

For further information, please contact: Louise Gélinas 450-521-9478 or Susan Burbank 450-243-0530