Pumpkin grower selling bumper crop for CancerCare Manitoba
A Winnipeg man is selling hundreds of his pumpkins, including some pink-ish coloured ones, to raise money for cancer research.
Stan Soltes has grown more than 600 pumpkins and squashes from his daughter's farm outside the city and is selling them at St. Vital Shopping Centre over the next two weeks, with 100 per cent of proceeds going to CancerCare Manitoba.
His wares include porcelain doll pumpkins, some of which are a light peachy pink colour. Soltes is calling them "50 Shades of Pink" pumpkins.
"We're using the pink to coincide with the breast cancer thing, so we stress the pink!" he told CBC News on Thursday.
Soltes came up with the idea last year as a way to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
"I called my daughter Debbie and said, 'You wanna hear something crazy? What if I grow pumpkins for CancerCare? She says, 'No, I think that's a great idea!'" he said.
"Our goals, monetary goals are modest compared to Terry Fox, but we're going to get a lot of people talking about CancerCare," he added.
Soltes has a very personal reason to raise money for a cancer cure: another one of his daughters, Debbie McDonald, was diagnosed with lymphoma of the brain in June.
McDonald, 51, says she feels bad for having to leave much of the the fundraiser organizing to her father, but she's determined to help him out while battling her cancer.
"I had to leave him in a lurch and I feel bad about that, so I don't care if there's snow two feet on the ground — I'm going to be here," she said.
McDonald has finished chemotherapy and is waiting to hear if she needs to undergo radiation.
"There she is now. She's fighting. And at this moment, hopefully she's winning," said Soltes.