Gary’s Walk

20 Supporters

Nicolas Parker-Jervis
$300
Surrey
A dear friend still greatly missed.
Ben and Susan Chow
$200
Surrey
Ben and Susan Chow
$200
Surrey
Gary's Walk
Larry Tenney
$200
Vancouver
I am donating in the memory of Gary Smith.
Chris Harker
$100
North Saanich, BC, Canada
We are donating in memory of Gary who was a good friend and a good guy.Chris and Catriona
Gerry Powlik
$100
Langley
Gary was a beloved friend and is still dearly missed.
Anonymous
$100
Port Moody
Richard Murray
$100
North Vancouver
Robert Wright
$100
Vancouver
Shawna Smith
$100
Port Coquitlam
He is my dad and I still miss him with all my heart.
Susan Masi
$100
SURREY
A wonderful friend
John Parker-Jervis
$50
Delta
In memory of Gary's positive support and influence. He is very missed.
Tamara Smith
$200
Roberts Creek
Susan McLaren
$100
PORT COQUITLAM
In memory of Gary Smith.
Nichola Smith
private
Port Coquitlam
You are always in my thoughts Gary. A wonderful influence on our lives
Nichola Smith
private
Port Coquitlam
I am donating in memory of Gary Smith. Gary's memory will always keep on giving because of the person that he was.
Bob and Loraine Currie
private
Coquitlam
Gary Smith, a true, loyal friend and booster of learning something new and participating in life fully. Thanks to Nicky, Tamara and Shawna for this annual walk and fund raiser.
Florence Dupont
private
Port Coquitlam
I am donating in memory of Garry's Smith and his family
Gerry Powlik
private
Langley
We are donatingin memory of our dear friend, Gary Smith
Joanne Jarvis
private
mission
Gary's humour will always be missed and he was a great biking buddy.
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Annual Gary Smith Walk

Supporting awareness and screening of esophageal cancer

Gary Smith was a healthy, esteemed athlete in his 50s who was a gold-medal winning basketball player in the World Masters Men’s Basketball League and a player on the Canadian National Men’s Basketball team when he was young. He was also a respected high school basketball coach and high school principal.

For more than a decade, Gary suffered from chronic heartburn and remedied it with non prescription antacids. In December 2005, Gary started suffering from back pain, a symptom that would be diagnosed as esophageal cancer four months later by Dr. Brock Pullen at Royal Columbian Hospital. Sadly, Gary passed away in September 2007 at the age of 60.

For the month of April, 2021 Gary’s Walk organizers have decided to do a virtual walk to accommodate the COVID-19 limitations. A virtual walk is a real walk, but on your terms: You get choose your own course, what time you start, and who walks next to you! The walking is real—it’s the community that’s virtual.

To inspire you Gary’s Walk organizers have put together a picture collage of activities where you post a picture to Gary’s Walk Facebook page or on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag below in celebration of this beloved annual event.

#garyswalk2021     #garyswalk2021

Donating to Gary’s walk is the same, just use the link. Since April 2010, supporters of Gary’s Walk have helped raise over $125,000 in support of the Gary Smith Esophageal Fund.

This year, organizers hope to raise enough funds to support the purchase the of an Argon Plasma Coagulator, which is used to treat short Barrett’s esophagus, which can be a precursor of esophageal cancer.

For more information on Gary’s Walk, please visit: https://garyswalk.ca/

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