“Today is a warm day for us,” said one of the sledders along the journey this morning, as they fueled their sleds at the Esso Station, Wednesday, Feb. 26 in -17 temperatures in Fox Creek.
The group; dressed in balaclavas, layers of clothes and insulated gear, has traditionally been starting their journey, the past five days, in -29 temperatures.
The frigid temperatures have not stopped the compassionate group with a mission, along the groomed snowmobile trails, the edge of the highway and beyond the beaten path.
The passion of sledding, and the inspiration to make a difference, has fueled the dedicated group’s hearts, as they snowmobile from Athabasca, Alberta to Timber Ridge, British Columbia, fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society.
The team, called Tracks for Cancer group hail from Fort MacMurray, Revelstoke, Red Deer and Stony Plain. They are, father and daughter; Duane Parker and Darcie Parker Downey and Stephanie LaRoy Schwartz and Ron LaRoy.
The team were treated to Fox Creek style hospitality, and generous support, along their journey at the Foxwood Inn and Suites and from the Northland Sno-Goers Snowmobile Club on Feb. 25th.
Rod North, President of the Northland Sno-Goers Snowmobile club and members presented a cheque for $657 to the Tracks for Cancer group. The money was raised by the Sno-Goers during their annual Poker Rally held on the weekend of Feb. 8th. The Foxwood Inn and Suites provided a $921 Gift in Kind donation.
“Huge thanks to the Foxwood Inn and Suites in Fox Creek for their hospitality and generosity and to the Fox Creek Sno-Goers Snowmobile club for the amazing donation.” – Tracks for Cancer Team.
Friends, Stephanie and Darcy started this fundraiser back in 2011. At that time, they were called Alberta Girls Track for Cancer. They made a few changes and have decided to make it a father/daughter ride.
“Cancer has touched all of us in many ways, personally, family and close friends,” said Darcy.
The group started their journey on Feb. 21. Their fundraising goal is $30,000. Today the group was sledding from Fox Creek to Grande Prairie, stopping in Valleyview for lunch. The team surpassed their halfway point today.
On Thursday, Feb. 27th they venture from Grande Prairie to Dawson Creek, and March 1st, will reach their destination, Timber Ridge, B.C.
To find out more or how you can donate, you can find the team on Facebook: Tracks For Cancer or their team page on the Canadian Cancer website:
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