For immediate release
March 23, 2012
Boston 4 Bust Campaign
Colleen Berry has heard RVH’s call to action, to “Learn - Know - Act—she has learned about digital mammography and its benefits, she knows she wants to contribute to this important project and she has decided to act in her capacity as an elite marathon runner.
On April 16, 2012, Berry will run in her fourth consecutive Boston Marathon. She qualified as an official participant by meeting the marathon’s designated time standard for females age 45 to 49 at the 2010 Niagara Falls race where she placed fourth over all female runners. The official marathon distance is 42.2 km (26 miles).
Berry, who began running marathons in 2006 and has completed a total of 13 races to date, says she is inspired by Terry Fox and Norwegian marathon legend Grete Waitz who passed away in 2011 from cancer.
She also pays tribute to a few local heroes who have battled cancer.
“I would like to dedicate this campaign to Marlene Kauffeldt on behalf of those who have lost their lives to breast cancer and to Sandra Beimers who represents those who are surviving or still ‘fighting the fight, as well as to Janet Robertson, a breast cancer survivor who has contributed so much to RVH.”
Berry has had two sponsors, Niagara Falls Marathon and Berrylane Trailers, to help cover her race expenses, along with any prize money earned. In the past, any funds she received from private donations were “passed forward” to the Terry Fox Run.
This year those funds will be invested in improving local health care services, going towards RVH’s digital mammography project.
“I know that, as in the past, I will rely on the digital mammography unit in the future. Fortunately, my diagnosis was good. So, this is my way of contributing to its existence and service. This technology is not only important to women, but also a percentage of men. Cancer affects not only the individual, but also spouses, children and extended family and friends. It touches everyone,” says Berry.
Berry will be one of approximately 25,000 participants in this year’s Boston Marathon. She will be wearing bib number 4577 and you can track her progress along the course online at www.baa.org on April 16.
Her fundraising goal for the race is $100 for each kilometre she runs along the challenging and historic course—a total of $4,220.00 towards the digital mammography fund.
“Colleen’s commitment to her sport and level of success are inspiring, and we are honoured that she has answered the call to action to support the digital mammography project,” comments RVH Foundation Director of Development Barb Desilets.
Berry and husband Keith are co-owners of Berrylane Trailers, and she works in sales and a running clinic at Valley Source for Sports, Renfrew.
If you would like to support Colleen at the marathon, please contact her at 613-432-2841.
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For more information, please contact Barb Desilets, Director of Development, Renfrew Victoria Hospital Foundation, 613-432-4851, ext. 263.