Your union invites you to participate in an exciting fundraising initiative to help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers.
This year, Local 1000A has registered as a team and will participate in four Light the Night Walks in North Bay, Ottawa, Toronto and London. Fundraising from team members helps blood cancer patients live longer and funds lifesaving research.
Team members will carry lanterns symbolizing light in the dark world of cancer. Patients and survivors will carry white lanterns, supporters will carry red lanterns and those who have lost loved ones will carry goldlanterns.
Join us in raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) by participating in our annual Ride for a Cure. Last year, our the Ride raised $10,000+ to help the LLSC achieve their mission.Help us beat that total by joining us this year! Not only will you be helping a great cause, you'll meet other motorcycle enthusiasts and have a chance to win great prizes!
With glowing red, gold and white lanterns, UFCW Canada Local 1000A marchers took to the streets of downtown Toronto, Ottawa and London to raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
While Local 1000A marchers walked in support of members, families and friends affected by these blood cancers, some also marched in support of Hailey Delaney, the four-year-old daughter of Local 1000A member and Kretschmar packer Maria Loares. Hailey is battling T-Cell Leukemia.
“The fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma is a cause very close to our hearts,” said President Pearl Sawyer, who participated in the Toronto walk. “We carry the hopes, struggles and prayers of those suffering with this deadly disease with us as we walk for a cure.”
Maria Loares remembers the frozen roads and the blackness that had enveloped many of the streets as she drove her three-year-old daughter to the hospital just past 3 a.m. through one of the worst ice storms in Toronto’s history.
“I can never forget that stormy freezing rain because that’s the day our lives changed,” she said.
The day before, her daughter, Hailey Delaney, had started getting mysterious bruises on her legs. At first, Maria thought maybe they came from her playing. That evening, Maria’s fears grew as Hailey got another bruise on her arm. Then, in the early hours of December 22, 2013, Hailey’s nose began to bleed and they could not get it to stop.
At the hospital, Hailey went through test after test. Later that day, she would be diagnosed with T-cell Leukemia (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia).