Adrienne Keller and her husband Matt, a young couple living in the Old Town, like to walk, and getting outside has become even more important now, with them both working from home in close quarters.
Adrienne says they feel very fortunate to be able to go out their front door and head towards the Commons and the Niagara River Recreation Trail, two beautiful places to walk, getting some exercise for themselves and Ernie, their energetic puppy.
Earlier this month, when Adrienne realized it was Daffodil Month, and all fundraisers, including the door-to-door campaign, and many other events, had been cancelled due to COVID-19. She calls herself a “cancer fighter,” and has participated in several Relay for Life and Rankin Cancer Run fundraising events. Realizing this year that wouldn’t be possible, she wondered what she could do to help out with such an important cause, “without breaking any rules of this lockdown.”
They are very grateful to be living in a small cottage on Platoff Street, which belongs to Adrienne’s 90-year-old grandmother. It allows them to live in the Old Town, while being close enough to her to check in and make sure she’s okay. Although the cottage is small, there is a definite advantage of being close to walking trails.
With support from the Hamilton office of the Canadian Cancer Society, they have committed to walking 20 kilometres along the Niagara River Recreation Trail this Saturday, May 2. That takes them, and Ernie, from home to Queenston and back again, says Adrienne.
The Hamilton office is helping to promote their walk, and they are hoping others may think about doing something similar.
There is a Cancer Society fundraising page for donations, and any help and support is greatly appreciated, she says. “We’re ready to get walking.”
To donate, go to https://support.cancer.ca/ site/TR/IFE_ON_Event/ IFE_ON_General_?px =13404939&pg=personal &fr_id=27159