Walkers raise $2,490 for A Clear View

Submitted by EKFH on 26-07-2012

Lake Koocanusa, BC… The A Clear View ~ digital mammography campaign witnessed its first “Walk “fundraiser this past weekend thanks to the generosity and organizing talents of Wendy Salanski of Jaffray.

Wendy, a friend of Evelyn Cutts and her sister Sue Schmitz (Elk Valley’s Faces of the Campaign), decided to honour her friends and felt what better way than to host a Walk for A Clear View that would start at the Surveyor’s Lake Campground and end at the Cutts’ Koocanusa Campsite and Marina.

The 5 km walk encouraged people to walk or run and gather pledges for their efforts while making an impact to the fundraising efforts of East Kootenay Foundation for Health and the digital stereotactic mammography campaign.

On Sunday, July 22 under a bright and brilliant blue sky approximately 40 walkers took part. “I was just ecstatic to see the response, I really didn’t know what to expect so it was heart-warming to see people give their support,” says Salanski.

The group made up of young and old, local residents & visitors and even a Mayor (Dean McKearcher of Elkford) and a Board Chair (Brian Clifford of EKFH) all coming out because breast cancer touched their lives. The 5 km welcomed walkers to enjoy a scenic tour of the South Country including a bridge walk over Lake Koocanusa accompanied by the sound of laughter and stories told of loved ones who tackled breast cancer head on.

Upon arrival at the Koocanusa Campsite members from Grasmere’s Triangle Women’s Institute provided participants with delicious and healthy home-made muffins, fresh fruit, and water and even an early morning hot dog and ice cream cone for the kids.

Event organizer, Wendy Salanski then shared the news that the suggested $1,000 fundraising event goal was more than doubled with a final tally of $2,490 going to the campaign.

Donna Grainger of East Kootenay Foundation for Health, “How do you put into words how these types of events and the people involved with them have done and do for this campaign? I have never been so proud to say I live in the East Kootenay when I see people giving of themselves to make a difference for others.”

Events such as walks, dance recitals, golf tournaments, art auctions and more or by simply making a donation you can change the lives of someone affected with a breast cancer diagnosis. The best in breast cancer care for the East Kootenays is within our reach (just over $830,000 toward the million dollar goal) please consider a donation today visit www.aclearview.ca.

To Wendy Salanski and her team of volunteers, thank you for a job well done!


Wendy Salanski organizer for Walk for A Clear View poses with the 2 youngest participants who did in fact complete the 5 KM walk.