UPDATE: Walking for the Cure

Jamie Heap
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Over $9,000 raised from second annual Michael &Croyden “Boo” Memorial Walk

Grant and Keith Wood, sons of the late Michael Wood, led the 50 or so walkers who took part in the second annual Michael & Croyden “Boo” Memorial Walk in support of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation this past Saturday in Parrsboro. Grant Wood has been living with Juvenile Diabetes since 2010.

PARRSBORO-Over 50 people from Parrsboro and area walked in the second annual Michael & Croyden “Boo” Memorial Walk this past Saturday morning in conjunction with the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes. All proceeds from the walk and other fundraisers benefitted the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) .

“This year we had much better weather than last year,” stated event organizer Gloria McPhee. “Due to the heavy rain last, we had to cut the 5K walk short.”

That wasn’t the case this year as the route loop was extended through Main Street.

“It’s nice to see it evolve from last year into an annual event,” stated McPhee. “We’ve done a few fundraisers this year,” she added. “People were really generous. In a community this small, you don’t want to exhaust your resources.”

Fundraisers have included a dance at Five Islands; a ticket raffle on a summer basket; a car wash, bake sale and barbecue during Old Fashioned Saturday night and another barbecue sponsored by Harrison’s Home Hardware of Parrsboro.

“We have some really dedicated people with some great (fundraising) ideas, so, it will be exciting to see what comes out of it,” stated McPhee prior to the walk.

“I want to thank you for coming out today,” stated Rob Fancy on behalf of the Town of Parrsboro. “Every step that each of you take is one step closer to a cure.”

After Fancy spoke, event organizer January “Jan” Brown addressed the crowd.

“This is a community walk dedicated to the memory of Michael and Croyden ‘Boo’ Wood,” stated event organizer January Brown. “They’d be very proud of what we’ve accomplished,” she added. “I’m sure they’re watching over us now.”

Brown went on to thank all of the volunteers and participants for their efforts.

Among those who took part in the walk were the late Michael Wood’s two sons, Grant and Keith. Grant Wood was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes in 2010.

Last year, organizers of the walk raised over $10,000.00 from the walk/fundraisers.

This year,$9,011 was raised from walk pledges, notwithstanding money raised from other fundraisers.

After the walk, Kevin Wood played music at the bandstand.


Organizations: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Telus Walk

Geographic location: PARRSBORO

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