On the morning of February 4, 2013, Mike began pulling a heavy sled across Ontario through icy winds, winter cold and blowing snow, taking 1,000,000 steps to raise donations for the Canadian Cancer Society. He arrived in Ottawa on February 27, 2013, and "buried CANCER" on February 28, 2013 at 1:00p.m.
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On March 1, 2013 Mike says:
"What a journey! It's been a small snapshot of life, offering stories of great sorrow, moments of real pain, and unbelievable hope and kindness from people.
First, thank you to my beautiful wife and children. Your unconditional love and support is what made this journey possible. You are everything to me.
To all my faithful followers and supporters, each and every one of you, thank you!
Thank you to the police who offered escorts along the way. You have kept me safe, and kept traffic and safety concerns at the forefront of this walk.
Thank you to the media, who have been generous in their airtime to me, and have told my story in newspapers all along my route.
Thank you to Lisa Dale, of the Halton Cancer Society, for your great enthusiasm and positive attitude.
Thank you to every cancer patient who graciously shared their story with me. Your bravery knows no bounds, despite being dealt a difficult hand, and I applaud you all for that. And to those of you who have lost loved ones, may you all find peace in your heart.
I began this walk wanting to turn my frustration into something positive. Mission accomplished! This walk has raised money for the cancer society, and hopefully has shown cancer patients and their families that we all care, and we will all continue to fight to bring an end to this devasting disease, that takes the lives of 75,700 Canadians each year.
Thank you to my second family, the HRPS.
Thank you to all of the companies listed on our sponsor page for beautiful gifts in kind. Thank you to David J. Myers, for his generous cash donation.
Thank you to Rachelle, for becoming part of the team!
Thank you to my in-laws, for all you did to ensure I was taken care of with courier trips to our locations to bring supplies and with helping to prepare food for the mission.
And now, to the rest of my family team, to my mom and sister, for working tirelessly on helpmeburycancer for these past months. My sister the web master! Thanks, T.!
Thank you to Joey, Ed and Nicole for driving my support vehicle day after day at 5 kms an hour!
And thank you to my mom, who has supported everything I've done in life. And who is the one who taught me to just keep putting one foot in front of the other."
On his route, he took more than 10 steps for each of the 75,700 Canadians who will die from cancer this year. His sled carried the six letters from the word CANCER, cut from wood blocks. When he arrived in Ottawa, Mike literally buried CANCER.
Why? Mike says:
"I'm doing this because of what I have watched my Mom endure. I am doing this to direct the immense frustration at what has happened to her into something positive and worthwhile. I am doing this for all of the families out there that have had to watch a loved one go through all the many things that those diagnosed with cancer go through. I am doing this in loving memory of my grandparents, who both succumbed to cancer. I am doing this because I want to eradicate this disease. Period."
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