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Sackville woman co-chairs 2018 Walk of Hope in Moncton

April Lopez, left, and Janice Estabrooks are seen here with April’s children Hayden and Kayleigh, and will serve as co-chairs for this year’s Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope.
April Lopez, left, and Janice Estabrooks are seen here with April’s children Hayden and Kayleigh, and will serve as co-chairs for this year’s Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope. - Contributed

Janice Estabrooks and her niece initiated team Nonny’s Angels

BY JANICE ESTABROOKS

SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE POST

SACKVILLE, N.B. – In 2008, my niece April and I registered for our first Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope in Moncton.

We were walking for my mom, Marg “Nonny” Blackmore, who had passed away in 1994 from ovarian cancer at the young age of 62. We looked on in amazement as other teams showed up wearing t-shirts with their loved ones’ names on them, sporting catchy phrases and raising quite a bit of money as a group. Our dream was to have a team of our own some day.

Team Nonny’s Angels has been participating in the Walk of Hope for 10 years, except in 2017 when the event was cancelled. Janice Estabrooks, second from left, stepped up to co-chair this year’s Walk along with her niece April Lopez, centre.
Team Nonny’s Angels has been participating in the Walk of Hope for 10 years, except in 2017 when the event was cancelled. Janice Estabrooks, second from left, stepped up to co-chair this year’s Walk along with her niece April Lopez, centre.

Fast forward 10 years, and we have seen our team, Nonny’s Angels, grow from the two of us to 20 family members and close friends.

The walk was cancelled in 2017 and we were beyond disappointed. We told ourselves at that time we would see the walk go on, no matter what. So, full of anticipation and a little nervous nonetheless, April and I signed on to be co-chairs of this year’s 2018 Walk of Hope.

It has been a lot of hard work but with an awesome team of volunteers we brought on early in the year, it has made our job so much easier.

The Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope 2018 will be held at the Mapleton Rotary Park in Moncton on Sept. 9. Registration gets under way at 8:30 a.m. with the walk taking place at 10 a.m.

Funds raised through these walks all across Canada will help bring awareness of ovarian cancer and therefore, the possibility of early detection.

So please join us by creating your very own team or sign on individually to walk on this day. Let’s band together for all the mothers, grandmothers and daughters in your lives and walk for her on Sept. 9

To register for the Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope, visit www.ovariancancerwalkofhope.ca

Facts about ovarian cancer

– 2,600 women are newly diagnosed each year in Canada

– Every year 1,750 Canadian women die from ovarian cancer

– Late detection results in five-year survival rates of less than 30%

– There is no effective screening test for the early detection of ovarian cancer

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