The Zeller?s Family Walk for Cystic Fibrosis is an annual event that raises money for the Canadian CF Foundation. When Tumbler Ridge residents Blaine and Pamela Broderick heard about the walk a few months ago, they planned to participate. The Broderick?s son, Aidan, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was only three months old. The genetic disease affects the lungs and digestive system. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease yet.
?Our initial goal was to raise at least $1000,? Blaine says, ?but we were overwhelmed by the response from the community.? Individuals and groups gladly pledged the family, and others, like Theresa Lehmann and Lorraine Vivian, volunteered to collect pledges on behalf of the family. When the students at Tumbler Ridge Senior Secondary found out that Mr. Broderick was collecting pledges they decided to get involved too. The grades 7, 8, 10 and accelerated core classes raised over $500 to pledge the Broderick family. Two grade 12 students, Mallery Janowsky and Melanie Knous, showed their support when they decided to do the walk as well.
In total the Broderick family raised $3294.
On Sunday May 30, the Tumbler Ridge residents traveled to Dawson Creek to join other participants in the walk. The weather was beautiful as the walkers gathered at Pioneer Village. At 10:00 am they made their way along the Rotary Walking Path which led to Kin Park and then participants returned on the same route where a barbeque awaited the walkers.
The Broderick family would like to thank Tumbler Ridge for their support!