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Sunny skies meet smiling faces for Burke memorial walk

Lynda Burke died after a lifetime of helping people, and her friends and family continued to carry on her legacy last weekend.

Coming together

Lynda Burke died after a lifetime of helping people, and her friends and family continued to carry on her legacy last weekend.

Countless supporters turned out at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre on Saturday, Sept. 22, for the kickoff of the second annual Lynda Burke Memorial Walk. The event raises funds for the Lynda Burke Memorial Bursary, handed out each year to high school graduates pursuing studies in the health-care field.

I learned a long time ago that shes never really gone if we all keep a piece of her with us, said Molly Burke, Lyndas daughter, to those gathered for the walk. Lets keep that piece with us by coming together to remember her for years to come.

Organizers were pleased with the beautiful, sunny weather and the turnout for the event. While the $8,400 raised did not match last years whopping $13,000 total, foundation chairman Greg Smith was not disappointed.

Its not always about the money, its about the person, said Smith, brother of Lynda. Hopefully well be able to build up enough money to keep (the bursary) working on its own as the years go on.

Amherst Regional High School student Jeremy Colson was the first recipient of the bursary last June.

Those participating in the walk were of all ages and backgrounds, but were all thinking of the same person.

Ive been a long-time friend of Lynda, so this is something to support her and the family, to show her how much we miss her, and to continue on her legacy, said Donna Fitzpatrick, with her nephew Mike Fraser.

Donna Fitzpatrick and Jim Murdoch were also friends of Lynda and were among the many participating in the walk.

She was a great lady and this is just to remember her, and to come out and be supportive, said Fitzpatrick.

Led by piper Jim Lowerison, the walkers left from the hospital parking lot and walked to Gables Lodge for refreshments.

Organizations: Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Amherst Regional High School

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