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Mme./Mrs. Karen M vanKralingen

Goal: $2,000.00
Achieved: $2,415.00

Me with Mini-Me!
Me with Mini-Me!

Friends and family are such an important part of our lives and I am so fortunate to have truly wonderful friends and family who have been there for me through every aspect of my life.  We have laughed together during the good times, cried together during the tough times, and I could never imagine my life without them in it.  I am walking for three very special people - my cousin Morgan, my friend Christina and my Aunt Dee.

My sweet cousin Morgan was a very special young lady, taken too soon by cancer.  She loved life, and all who were fortunate to have known her are better for being touched by her.  She will live forever in our hearts, and each step of my 60 km, I know she will be alongside me, an angel walking every step with all of us!

Not long ago, one of my very best friends revealed that she had uterine /cervical cancer.  It was in that very moment that I felt my world shift and I was overcome with a feeling that I cannot even explain.  I am not sure if it was fear, anger, sadness or a combination of all of them, but knowing that I was helpless to make it all better for her, I can remember hanging up the phone and crying.  Not crying for me...but crying because I wished that I could take it all away from her and make it OK.  I was crying for what she must have been feeling, for how scared she must have been, and crying for her two young girls who might be faced with some very difficult times ahead.  I was angry because she is such a wonderful, giving person, who had found the love of her life, who had such a beautiful young family..who had so much to live for, and didn't deserve to have to deal with cancer in her life. And I was sad...sad because I knew that her life would be forever changed by that one word...CANCER.

Of course, I couldn't tell her all of those things... I was her friend, her support, someone who needed to be positive, strong, optimistic.  I told her things would be OK... but inside, I was terrified that I might lose her in my life, and that was just unbearable to even think about. Thankfully, she is now cancer free, and I am grateful that she is healthy and happy again, enjoying life with her family. 

But I needed to do something...I couldn't do anything when she was diagnosed, and feeling helpless when someone you love is hurting is a devastating feeling.  So...I am walking in the Weekend to End Women's Cancers. 

Since deciding to walk, my aunt Dee, one of the most vibrant, energetic, lively women I have ever known,  was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with a later stage of ovarian cancer, and ironically enough, was sent to Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment.  Suddenly, my decision to participate in the Weekend to End Women's Cancers took on an even more important and personal meaning for me. 

The Shoppers Drug MartŪ  Weekend to End Women's Cancers is a two-day, 60-kilometre walk through the neighbourhoods of Toronto. It will be a challenge and I am ready to take on this effort to end ALL women's cancers!

Yep - ME!  The gal who can hardly walk up the stairs and not be out of breath!  I will be walking 60 km in September 2012 to raise money to benefit the Princess Margaret Hospital in hopes that my efforts will somehow help us to find a cure...to put and end to women's cancers, so that others like my friend, will never have to go through the same ordeal.

Please, help me to end women's cancers by donating/pledging me for the walk.  Every dollar brings me closer to my goal of $2000.00, and every step of my 60 km walk will be done in honour of my friend Christina, my Aunt Dee, and in honour all of us who have been affected by cancer, either personally or with someone we love.

Thank you for reading my story and for your donation toward my goal.  Wish me luck on my walk...I know I can do it with so many people supporting me!  And to Morgan, Christina and Aunt Dee - Thank you for being strong ...I love you all!!


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