Walking the walk to find a cure for cancer

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Denise Moxam has heard cancer's call to action.

The Flamborough mother of three is now Event Chair for the Canadian Cancer Society's new Waterdown Relay for Life event, to be held this summer, and she's in search of volunteers and participants to help make the event a success.

Moxam and her husband Tom lost their eldest son, Jordan, to cancer in May 2004. He was just 12 years old. Since then, they've launched a fund to help give kids a chance to experience hockey and lacrosse - Jordan's favourite sports - who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it. In September, they held the first annual Jordan Moxam Memorial Golf Tournament, which raised $10,000 for the fund.

So joining a Cancer Society fundraiser was a natural choice for Moxam.

The Relay for Life is a national fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Teams of 10 or more walk in an all-night relay to raise funds for cancer research.

"The idea is that cancer never sleeps, so neither will we," said Moxam.

The relay runs continuously from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Teams each pitch a tent, which are often decorated with paint and banners.

Although it's a fun social event, the Relay is also deeply moving for everyone who takes part, said Moxam.

The first lap is the Victory Lap, during which cancer survivors share an inspirational walk together.

Then at dusk, luminaries are lit along the walking path. Each glowing candle has been dedicated to a loved one who's lost the battle. These solemn reminders light the way throughout the night.

"It's very touching and very somber," said Moxam.

Moxam was first introduced to the relay in the weeks following Jordan's passing, and went to witness the Burlington event.

"I knew right then at that moment, that it was what I wanted to do," she said.

So she assembled a team of friends, co-workers and family, which named itself Jordan's Journey. They were the first team to register for the 2005 relay, and raised the most funds for cancer research, at $6,000.

But most importantly, Moxam found comfort there.

"It helps with the healing, to be around people who understand," she said. "Many people there are either survivors or have lost someone."

This year, Jordan's Journey will walk at home, in the newly-launched Waterdown relay.

But Moxam can't do it alone. She'll need a team of volunteers to make the event a success.

There are many ways that participants can help for the June 9 event, from chairing one of eight committees, to volunteering a few hours of help, to entering a relay team.

Those who don't want to participate but still want to contribute can sponsor a team or purchase a luminary in memory of a loved one. Registration be made online at www.cancer.ca, or by e-mail at relay2006waterdown @cogeco.ca.

Moxim will also be holding a meeting on the evening of Monday, January 16 at the Flamborough Community Fellowship Church, 329 6th Concession, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., for anyone wishing to help or find out more information. E-mail Moxam or call 905-575-9220 ext. 237 for more information.

In planning the event, Moxam is looking to Milton for inspiration. Although the Canadian Cancer Society hopes for perhaps 20 teams in a debut year, Milton entered 60, and ran the event with a mere 18 volunteers.

Although she didn't head into this year expecting to be chair, Moxam is glad for the opportunity.

"It keeps me busy, and I need that," she said. "It's been hard; we shouldn't have to be there in the first place. But on the same token, it lets me do something. It helps to think that it wasn't all in vain; that there's some meaning and purpose to what our family has been through."

Walking the walk to find a cure for cancer

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Denise Moxam has heard cancer's call to action.

The Flamborough mother of three is now Event Chair for the Canadian Cancer Society's new Waterdown Relay for Life event, to be held this summer, and she's in search of volunteers and participants to help make the event a success.

Moxam and her husband Tom lost their eldest son, Jordan, to cancer in May 2004. He was just 12 years old. Since then, they've launched a fund to help give kids a chance to experience hockey and lacrosse - Jordan's favourite sports - who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it. In September, they held the first annual Jordan Moxam Memorial Golf Tournament, which raised $10,000 for the fund.

So joining a Cancer Society fundraiser was a natural choice for Moxam.

The Relay for Life is a national fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Teams of 10 or more walk in an all-night relay to raise funds for cancer research.

"The idea is that cancer never sleeps, so neither will we," said Moxam.

The relay runs continuously from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Teams each pitch a tent, which are often decorated with paint and banners.

Although it's a fun social event, the Relay is also deeply moving for everyone who takes part, said Moxam.

The first lap is the Victory Lap, during which cancer survivors share an inspirational walk together.

Then at dusk, luminaries are lit along the walking path. Each glowing candle has been dedicated to a loved one who's lost the battle. These solemn reminders light the way throughout the night.

"It's very touching and very somber," said Moxam.

Moxam was first introduced to the relay in the weeks following Jordan's passing, and went to witness the Burlington event.

"I knew right then at that moment, that it was what I wanted to do," she said.

So she assembled a team of friends, co-workers and family, which named itself Jordan's Journey. They were the first team to register for the 2005 relay, and raised the most funds for cancer research, at $6,000.

But most importantly, Moxam found comfort there.

"It helps with the healing, to be around people who understand," she said. "Many people there are either survivors or have lost someone."

This year, Jordan's Journey will walk at home, in the newly-launched Waterdown relay.

But Moxam can't do it alone. She'll need a team of volunteers to make the event a success.

There are many ways that participants can help for the June 9 event, from chairing one of eight committees, to volunteering a few hours of help, to entering a relay team.

Those who don't want to participate but still want to contribute can sponsor a team or purchase a luminary in memory of a loved one. Registration be made online at www.cancer.ca, or by e-mail at relay2006waterdown @cogeco.ca.

Moxim will also be holding a meeting on the evening of Monday, January 16 at the Flamborough Community Fellowship Church, 329 6th Concession, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., for anyone wishing to help or find out more information. E-mail Moxam or call 905-575-9220 ext. 237 for more information.

In planning the event, Moxam is looking to Milton for inspiration. Although the Canadian Cancer Society hopes for perhaps 20 teams in a debut year, Milton entered 60, and ran the event with a mere 18 volunteers.

Although she didn't head into this year expecting to be chair, Moxam is glad for the opportunity.

"It keeps me busy, and I need that," she said. "It's been hard; we shouldn't have to be there in the first place. But on the same token, it lets me do something. It helps to think that it wasn't all in vain; that there's some meaning and purpose to what our family has been through."

Walking the walk to find a cure for cancer

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Denise Moxam has heard cancer's call to action.

The Flamborough mother of three is now Event Chair for the Canadian Cancer Society's new Waterdown Relay for Life event, to be held this summer, and she's in search of volunteers and participants to help make the event a success.

Moxam and her husband Tom lost their eldest son, Jordan, to cancer in May 2004. He was just 12 years old. Since then, they've launched a fund to help give kids a chance to experience hockey and lacrosse - Jordan's favourite sports - who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it. In September, they held the first annual Jordan Moxam Memorial Golf Tournament, which raised $10,000 for the fund.

So joining a Cancer Society fundraiser was a natural choice for Moxam.

The Relay for Life is a national fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Teams of 10 or more walk in an all-night relay to raise funds for cancer research.

"The idea is that cancer never sleeps, so neither will we," said Moxam.

The relay runs continuously from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Teams each pitch a tent, which are often decorated with paint and banners.

Although it's a fun social event, the Relay is also deeply moving for everyone who takes part, said Moxam.

The first lap is the Victory Lap, during which cancer survivors share an inspirational walk together.

Then at dusk, luminaries are lit along the walking path. Each glowing candle has been dedicated to a loved one who's lost the battle. These solemn reminders light the way throughout the night.

"It's very touching and very somber," said Moxam.

Moxam was first introduced to the relay in the weeks following Jordan's passing, and went to witness the Burlington event.

"I knew right then at that moment, that it was what I wanted to do," she said.

So she assembled a team of friends, co-workers and family, which named itself Jordan's Journey. They were the first team to register for the 2005 relay, and raised the most funds for cancer research, at $6,000.

But most importantly, Moxam found comfort there.

"It helps with the healing, to be around people who understand," she said. "Many people there are either survivors or have lost someone."

This year, Jordan's Journey will walk at home, in the newly-launched Waterdown relay.

But Moxam can't do it alone. She'll need a team of volunteers to make the event a success.

There are many ways that participants can help for the June 9 event, from chairing one of eight committees, to volunteering a few hours of help, to entering a relay team.

Those who don't want to participate but still want to contribute can sponsor a team or purchase a luminary in memory of a loved one. Registration be made online at www.cancer.ca, or by e-mail at relay2006waterdown @cogeco.ca.

Moxim will also be holding a meeting on the evening of Monday, January 16 at the Flamborough Community Fellowship Church, 329 6th Concession, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., for anyone wishing to help or find out more information. E-mail Moxam or call 905-575-9220 ext. 237 for more information.

In planning the event, Moxam is looking to Milton for inspiration. Although the Canadian Cancer Society hopes for perhaps 20 teams in a debut year, Milton entered 60, and ran the event with a mere 18 volunteers.

Although she didn't head into this year expecting to be chair, Moxam is glad for the opportunity.

"It keeps me busy, and I need that," she said. "It's been hard; we shouldn't have to be there in the first place. But on the same token, it lets me do something. It helps to think that it wasn't all in vain; that there's some meaning and purpose to what our family has been through."