The Alberta Cancer Foundation’s ‘One Walk to Conquer Cancer’ raised nearly $1-million over the weekend.
But Brittany Abb, whose mother died of cancer in April, wasn’t allowed to participate.
Abb tells Global News she didn’t raise the $1500 required to enter.
“I got a call, that if we didn’t come up with the $1,500 we could still walk but we would have to sign a document stating in 60 days, if we didn’t have the money, they could sue us for it,” says Abb. “So we decided not to walk because we can’t be liable for that.”
Abb says the money shouldn’t matter, if someone wants to take part in the walk.
“I want there to be fundraising, people can still fund-raise and they’re encouraged to fund-raise, but they should still be able to walk if they did not raise the money,” says Abb. “It’s support, it’s showing people they’re not alone in this journey. It’s not just the people fighting cancer, it’s their families and friends that also have to deal with it.”
Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Myka Osinchuk tells Global News, as far as she knows, every participant is made aware of the fundraising requirement.
She adds, the Alberta Cancer Foundation has a lot of tools for each participant to help them raise money. GlobalNews