We all have a reason to walk. Support the Weekend to Conquer Cancer™ and walk alongside a powerful community to raise funds for breakthrough cancer research and care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre - one of the top five cancer research centres in the world.
We are proud to share the personal journeys of some of our walkers. We are inspired by their strength, resilience and dedication to making long-lasting impact.
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A Commitment to Making a Difference: Mary’s Story
Mary DeNigris-Ascione has been a proud walker and supporter of The Princess Margaret for 21 years raising over $47,000 for cancer care and research. She continues to walk every year for her loved ones, relatives, friends and former students who have been affected by cancer in this lifetime.
“I’ve completed a total of 21 walks here in Toronto and Ottawa with varied distances of 60 km, 55 km, 40 km, and 15 km walked over one or two days. My commitment to further cancer research and hopefully conquer cancer in our lifetime stems from both the positive and negative impact the disease has had on my circle of family and friends. If my little footprints on the city streets of Toronto can make any size difference towards finding a cure for cancer, then I will continue to walk to path as long as my running shoes will lead me.”
Walking for Roma: Annette’s Story
For the last 18 years, Annette has participated as a walker as a way of thanking her mother Roma for her courage and bravery as she battled breast cancer and with gratitude for the staff at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
“In 2002, my beautiful mother, Roma Buchman, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to her zest for life and courage to fight coupled with the incredible medical cancer at PMH, she won the battle. It was through her journey, I learned cancer is treacherous, walking is easy so I will walk in her honour as my gratitude for the care she received at PMH.
I began a team called Roma’s Rosas and for the past 18 years, every step I take is in honour of all survivors, all those whose shoes are now empty but mostly for those who are currently fighting the brave battle. This team has become such a household name in our family that my first grandchild was just born and her middle name is Rose!”