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Nova Scotia man walking across Canada in support of Canadian Cancer Society

13 June 2013

Halifax -

With just a pack on his back, and some good shoes on his feet, David Atkinson is hitting the pavement this spring in order to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia Division.

Atkinson, 19, plans to leave the Eastern Shore Relay For Life on June 14 and walk to Vancouver, British Columbia. A trip he expects to take at least six months.

“My grandmother passed away from cancer, and Relay For Life has always been an important fundraising event for my family and friends. I’ve seen how the funds we raise directly affect families and I wanted to do more,” said Atkinson. “And what better way to see the country.”

With his backpack filled with supplies, like a tent and his trusty laptop, Atkinson is planning to not only hit all of the major centres along the way, but the smaller communities as well.

“I’m really excited. I can’t wait to get out there and meet people, and make them aware of the incredible work the Canadian Cancer Society is doing with public support. Every day I’m getting messages from people across the country who have found out about my trip. They’re offering support, encouragement and couches to sleep on.”

Donations collected by Atkinson while on his journey will be used to fund cancer research, support programs, prevention initiatives and advocacy for healthy public policies.

The Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia Division will be following Atkinson’s progress on Facebook at facebook.com/CancerSocietyNS and Twitter at twitter.com/CancerSocietyNS.

To support David’s Independent Fundraising Event with a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society visit: convio.cancer.ca/goto/CrossCanadaforCancer

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Marie-France Leblanc

Director of Marketing and Communications Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: (902) 423-6183