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VICTORIASheila Cooper, a member of CUPE 2081, Camosun College support staff is a breast cancer survivor. After a challenging year, Sheila is on the mend and ready to tackle this deadly disease on behalf of the thousands of other women who are experiencing a similar situation.

Sheila will be participating in the BC Cancer Agencys Weekend Walk to end Breast Cancer from August 20 - 22, 2004 in Vancouver. The Weekend Walk is a 60 kilometre walk through Vancouver neighbourhoods that acts both as a time of reflection on how this disease has affected so many lives and a way of raising funds so that the BC Cancer Agency can carry on the fight through research, education, services and care.

One year ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Like many others I have had a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. During this time family, friends and colleagues told me that I am an inspiration to them because of my positive approach to treatment and recovery. I feel I am one of the lucky ones, by being a survivor I am able to tell my story and participate in this walk. Now Sheila Cooper is looking for your inspiration to help her complete the weekend walk and to make a generous contribution to the ongoing battle against breast cancer.

CUPE 2081, Sheilas union local has contributed 300 dollars in support of this members efforts. Many local members have made individual contributions as well.

CUPE BC President, Barry ONeill is inviting CUPE members throughout the province to consider sponsoring Sheila or others who may be participating in the walk.

Were asking CUPE members throughout BC to dig deep into their pockets in support of the kind of inspiration Sheila is demonstrating, said ONeill. It takes individual courage and collective support to win the biggest battles.

Check out Sheila’s personal page on the End Breast Cancer website.


Louise Oetting,
CUPE Local 2081
(250) 370-366