Cancer survivor goes it alone

A St. John's woman who ran into difficulty getting fundraising support for her rare type of cancer is taking matters into her own hands.
Helen Woodrow decided to organize a walkathon on her own. ((CBC))

A St. John's woman who couldn't get fundraising support from local cancer organizations is taking matters into her own hands.

"I guess I realized that if this was going to be done, that it would be done kind of by myself," said Helen Woodrow, a survivor of a rare form of cancer know as NeuroEndocrine Tumors.

Woodrow was approached last month by the Carcinoid NeuroEndocrine Tumour Society Canada (CNETS).  It represents people with her obscure kind of cancer.

The association wants to raise $60,000 by staging walkathons across the country and asked Wooodrow to organize one for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Woodrow said when she turned to local cancer organizations for advice and help she got the cold shoulder.

"It wasn't just a little disappointing I have to say," said Woodrow.

"I could have said, 'OK fine I guess this is not a good idea, I won't do anything in Newfoundland because [I] am only one person.'"

Instead she decided to organize a walkathon on her own.

Woodrow chose the old rail bed along the North Shore of Conception Bay for the event.

The walkathon takes place Saturday and begins at the old railway station in Kingston, about 15 kilometres north of Carbonear.