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  • The Run to Live - The Run to Live
    The Route Welcome to The Run to Live online Facts The Run to Live is a fund hope raising campaign in support of ending cancer We have raised over 57 000 00 for cancer research The Run to Live kicked off on May 1st 2011 in St John s NL and travelled from the East coast to the West coast arriving in Port Renfrew BC on January 16 2012 Scott

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  • About Scott Cannata - The Run to Live
    physical and psychological limits Running is a part of who I am it is just so natural Everybody who is reading this has a passion My passion is to help people Why not utilize my ability to run combined with a relentless passion to educate and help people and go with it Why not try the unthinkable When I was about 12 years old my mom was diagnosed with cervical cancer and it caused me to grow up too quickly With two younger sisters my life as a twelve year old dramatically changed Suddenly I had more responsibilities and beyond that I had an ever growing worried feeling about my mom Until such a time as a loved one is put into a situation that compromises their well being or potentially threatens their life it is truly difficult to understand A few years later I lost my Poppa Cannata my paternal grandfather to cancer This hit my family hard and again I we were struck with a feeling of helplessness It was this feeling of helplessness that drove me to run across Canada It is not fair for anybody to have feelings of helplessness as a loved one struggles through

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  • The Crew - The Run to Live
    to Live on the road She overlooked the daily operations and made sure that Scott didn t take too many wrong turns Sabrina A long time friend of Scott and Meghan Sabrina was The Run to Live s newest on road team member She assisted with daily operations driving duties and as a Registered Nurse utilized her healthcare knowledge when illness struck As an experienced runner she hit the road

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  • Sponsors - The Run to Live
    Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba Ontario Quebec New Brunswick Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia Pre Departure and Newfoundland Videos Running Info The Route A big thank you goes out to our sponsors Please take a moment to visit our sponsors by

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  • Accommodations on the Road - The Run to Live
    SK S7L 2Y5 4025 Albert Street Regina Saskatchewan Canada S4S 3R6 801 Park Avenue Moosomin SK Manitoba 3550 Victoria Avenue Brandon MB R7B 2R4 Highway 1 A West Portage la Prairie 1301 Ellice Avenue Winnipeg MB R3G 0G1 Ontario 585 Government Street Box 721 Dryden ON P8N 2Z4 184 Great Northern Rd Sault Ste Marie ON P6B 4Z3 Highway 7 and Highway 511 Perth Ontario 525 Legget Dr Ottawa ON K2K 2W2 Quebec 464 road François Gignac Portneuf Québec Canada G0A 2Y0 208 Route Kennedy Levis QC CA G6V 9J6 New Brunswick 1 Chapel St Grand Falls Grand Sault New Brunswick E3Z 2R2 4169 RTE 103 Connell New Brunswick Canada 120 Connell Park Rd Woodstock NB E7M 1M4 Hartt Island RV Resort 2475 Woodstock Road Route 102 Fredericton NB Canada E3C 1P6 Days Inn Oromocto 60 Brayson Blvd Oromocto NB Canada E2V 4T9 Off the Trans Canada Hwy Route 2 at Exit 347 Mill Cove Travel 3 km on Route 105 South 600 Main Street Moncton NB E1C 0M6 Prince Edward Island PO Box 2193 Borden Carleton Prince Edward Island Canada C0B 1X0 18 Queen Street Charlottetown Prince Edward Island C1A 4A1 Nova Scotia 2521 Highway 376 Lyons Brook Pictou

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  • Emergency Services - The Run to Live
    in escorting us through busy places Thunder Bay ON Police Services Fire Services Sault Ste Marie ON Police Services Sudbury ON Police Services Orillia ON Ontario Provincial Police Barrie ON Guelph Police Services Fire Services Guelph ON Guelph Police Services Fire Services Stratford ON Stratford Police Services Halton Region Hamilton ON Halton Regional Police Fire Services Ontario Provincial Police Peel Region ON Peel Regional Police Toronto ON Fire Services Metro

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  • Contact The Run to Live - The Run to Live
    Ontario Quebec New Brunswick Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia Pre Departure and Newfoundland Videos Running Info The Route Contact The Run to Live by email For general information questions or comments info theruntolive com Media please contact media theruntolive com

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  • Media - The Run to Live
    physical anthropology at Trent University but after that he s not sure During his cross country trip he has stopped to talk to a few elementary school groups so he s got plans to report back to the kids Right now Scott says he s not worried about the future too much because he s doing something more important His only concern at present is getting himself and his crew to Port Renfrew one kilometre at a time Donations can be made through www runtolive com Scott and his team are also accepting roadside donations so check his website to see when he ll be coming through your town Smiles honks and waves are also warmly appreciated The Sault Star September 9th 2011 Cross Canada marathon fundraiser hits half way point By Michael Purvis How does Scott Cannata feel as he digs into the second half of his cross Canada trek this week Tired and hungry pretty much cover it I feel like I m doing a marathon every day to be quite honest with you which is what I m doing said the Trent University student during a stop in Sault Ste Marie on Thursday As of Thursday Cannata 25 has run 106 marathons since he began his fundraising run for cancer research in St John s Nfld on May 1 He s got nearly as many more marathons to go before he reaches Port Renfrew B C he hopes in early December Cannata is running for everyone with cancer but a big part of his motivation was his mother s bout with cancer when he was 12 It has been more than a decade since that episode but Cannata said it changed him forever It really did impact me I was terrified every single time she went off to the doctors because I was scared she d say Oh well it s back said Cannata whose grandfather also died of cancer several years ago I still have that thought It doesn t go away Cannata who has a background in competitive long distance running dropped everything to make this journey He sold his car gave up his apartment and took the semester off school for the run It takes him anywhere from four and a half hours to nine hours to complete a full marathon 26 miles or 42 2 kilometres each day which often involves creative route choices For instance the team has had to make detours onto back roads to avoid double lane portions of the Trans Canada Highway including the four lane section on the east side the Sault He said it hasn t been easy Public support was hard to come by in the first five provinces he said It wasn t until he crossed into Ontario that momentum started to pick up Ontario was that point when we came over the bridge into Hawkesbury it was a change of pace we had fire truck and police escorts in a lot of the major cities from Hawkesbury onwards said Cannata With that comes people noticing what you re doing and we really had none of that up until Ontario Donations have easily doubled since hitting this province and the total now stands somewhere around 28 000 he said Two fellow Trent students Cannata s girlfriend Meghan Baird and Sabrina Benzinger a longtime friend who recently became a registered nurse act as his support crew The trio stopped 19 kilometres into Thursday s run at the Sault Canadian Cancer Society office on McNabb Street where Cannata chatted with staff and snacked on a muffin After that he took the scenic route through the Sault on Thursday running down Pine Street along Queen Street and up Bruce Street to Great Northern Road on his way out of town stopping at the Trading Post to pose for a photo with the city police officers who were his escort Cannata has a single credit to complete to get his physical anthropology degree at Trent Other than that he said he doesn t really have any plans following his trek For now the remaining marathons he ll run between now and December are enough to keep him occupied CottageCountryNow ca September 9th 2011 A Run Worth Supporting A Reader Says On Saturday morning at around noon I received a tweet sent to my phone from Mike Downie Mike is travelling with Riley Senft from Step Into Action across Canada as part of a Prostate Cancer Awareness campaign Mike and Riley travelled through Parry Sound on July 14 and we became friends when they camped across the road from our house the night before they traveled through town The tweet that Mike sent me said The Run To Live is running through your neighborhood today You should check them out and say Hi He preceded that tweet with a tweet to the crew of The Run To Live which said Parry Sound was very welcoming to us and hope that they are to you as well All the best Mike and I sent a few more tweets after that while I was checking out The Run To Live s website www theruntolive com Neither Mike nor myself knew when they were expected in Parry Sound or better yet if they were running past our house About an hour later I was still researching them when my little sister Samantha saw him running up the road We quickly got ready and drove up the road in search of them We caught up with them as they were just pulling out of Rankin Lake Road onto Oastler Park Drive We drove ahead of them and stopped at Oastler Park were we took pictures of him running When they caught up to us Scott Cannata stopped to say hello We spoke to him for a few minutes before his girlfriend and best friend came out of the truck they were following him in They said hello and introduced themselves as Meghan the girlfriend and Sabrina the best friend and gave my sister and I both a wristband We told them how Mike had messaged us and they said he was amazing for telling people about them We spoke to them about where we lived and they started laughing because when they drove past our house they commented on how cute they thought it was We spoke a little bit longer about the run and then we said we should let him keep running so he didn t get too far behind on his run for the day They thanked us for stopping said it was nice to meet us and took a few pictures of us with Scott They went back to the truck he got a drink and then proceeded on his way Unfortunately we didn t talk to much about his run but they did give us the website which is www theruntolive com His inspiration on the run is to collect money for cancer research His mother has battled cancer and he feels very strongly on this topic Please go to their website and help them out It is a fantastic cause Sara Jacklin Seguin Township The Montreal Gazette September 8th 2011 Running Beyond The Limits Today is my 75th straight marathon says Scott Cannata reached just outside Caledon Ont as the runner makes his way across the country from St John s to Port Renfrew B C Cannata a 25 year old anthropology student at Trent University in Peterborough Ont had only completed one marathon before lacing up his Nikes for a cross country run but he believes that in general people have become too timid in terms of their expectations I have lots of time to think on the road in the middle of nowhere and I believe we create these boundaries and restrictions on our day to day actions says Cannata who has adopted his girlfriend s vegan diet since beginning his run on May 1 If you can convince yourself that the seemingly impossible is possible you can absolutely do anything that you like Call it the power of posi tive thinking or just runners with loose screws but as recreational running becomes more popular extreme running events are gaining more attention too The question is Why would an otherwise rational human being want to run something like the Canadian Death Race a nasty 125 kilometre trek across the Canadian Rockies If you re not in the subculture it s very difficult to communicate but I don t think of ultra running as something like skydiving says Nick Holt an associate professor in the faculty of physical education at the University of Alberta and a two time finisher of the Death Race and onetime dropout Holt describes his Death Race experience in terms similar to how a returning soldier might describe war He began his race at 8 a m and after running up and down mountains all day he reached a 2 000 metre cliff at 10 p m You fight through it when you can barely keep going and there s a lot of falling over but I went in with the mantra I m just going to keep getting up says Holt who is working on a paper about his experience and training for next year s race You feel worse than you ve ever felt before but you have to keep going and there s just very few circumstances in life where you have to push forward when every fibre of your body tells you to stop Once you re in it it consumes you Greg Wells works at the faculty of physical education and health at the University of Toronto he calls extreme athletes outliers He says people like Cannata and Candace Sutherland a 17 yearold from Winnipeg who ran across the country last year are making even recreational runners re examine what they can do There are always going to be human beings who push the limits that s why we went to the moon says Wells who once spent four months cycling across Africa and specializes in the physiology of extreme athletes These people are expanding the notion of what we re capable of and giving us new answers to the question How far can we go For Cannata that question began with a passion to take a stand against cancer After watching his mother battle through cervical cancer and then his grandfather succumb to the disease Cannata decided to get involved Hoping to raise awareness through a grand gesture he took a cue from Terry Fox and headed out across the country He says that when he gets stiff or tired or has to fight cramping or bad weather he makes the race about more than himself He makes it about all of the people who are battling the disease My mom was diagnosed when I was 12 and watching her go through surgery and radiation treatment and becoming so sick had a really heavy impact on my life Cannata says Then when I lost my grandfather I felt like we ve got to do something in terms of research and development If my contribution is calling attention to this then I can and I will run a marathon every day Read more http www montrealgazette com sports Running beyond limits 5368163 story html ixzz1YX3JUhti SNAP Pickering September 2nd 2011 The Run to Live Scott Cannata and The Run to Live made their way back through to Pickering to stop at their sponsor Boyer GM Pickering Boyer hosted a welcoming event for The Run to Live All public and media were invited for a meet and greet with Scott Cannata as well as having free hamburgers hotdogs drinks and salads The Run to Live aims to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society which will be used specifically for cancer research During The Run to Live s cross Canada tour which will continue until the end of 2011 the mission is to provide hope to those who are affected by cancer and to create a refreshed outlook on our capacity to beat cancer to current and future generations SNAP Peterborough September 2nd 2011 The Run to Live comes to Peterborough On Monday August 8 Scott Cannata run his way in to Peterborough the Justin Chiu Stadium as he makes his way across Canada running a marathon a day 42 2 kilometres 209 marathons in total in support of cancer research Scott ran into the Trent campus and around the track meeting emcee Peter Adams at the podium MPP Jeff Leal Mayor Daryl Bennett Peterborough County Warden J Murray Jones Trent University Steven Franklin and Anita Record and Lyndsey Fullman from the Canadian Cancer Society all welcomed Scott back to Peterborough and offered words of encouragement New Brunswick Business Journal September 1st 2011 Pushing it harder Elite athletes go to extremes Today is my 75th straight marathon says Scott Cannata reached just outside Caledon Ont as the runner makes his way across the country from St John s to Port Renfrew B C Cannata a 25 year old anthropology student at Trent University in Peterborough Ont had only completed one marathon prior to lacing up his Nikes for a literal cross country run but he believes that in general people have become too timid in terms of their expectations I have lots of time to think on the road in the middle of nowhere and I believe we create these boundaries and restrictions on our day to day actions said Cannata who has adopted his girlfriend s vegan diet since beginning his run on May 1 If you can convince yourself that the seemingly impossible is possible you can absolutely do anything that you like Call it the power of positive thinking or else just runners with loose screws but as recreational running becomes more popular extreme running events are gaining more attention too The question is Why would an otherwise rational human being want to run something like the Canadian Death Race a nasty 125 kilometre trek across the Canadian Rockies If you re not in the subculture it s very difficult to communicate but I don t think of ultra running as something like skydiving said Dr Nick Holt an associate professor in the faculty of physical education at the University of Alberta and a two time finisher of the Death Race and onetime dropout Holt describes his Death Race experience in terms similar to how a returning soldier might describe war He began his race at 8 a m and after running up and down mountains all day he reached a 2 000 metre cliff at 10 p m You fight through it when you can barely keep going and there s a lot of falling over but I went in with the mantra I m just going to keep getting up said Holt who s working on a paper about his experience and training for next year s race You feel worse than you ve ever felt before but you have to keep going and there s just very few circumstances in life where you have to push forward when every fibre of your body tells you to stop Once you re in it it consumes you Dr Greg Wells works at the faculty of physical education and health at the University of Toronto and he calls extreme athletes outliers He says folks such as Scott Cannata and Candace Sutherland a 17 year old from Winnipeg who ran across the country last year are making even recreational runners re examine what they can do There are always going to be human beings who push the limits that s why we went to the moon said Wells who once spent four months cycling across Africa and specializes in the physiology of extreme athletes These people are expanding the notion of what we re capable of and giving us new answers to the question How far can we go For Cannata that question began with a passion to take a stand against cancer After watching his mother battle through cervical cancer and then his grandfather succumb to the disease Cannata decided to get involved Hoping to raise awareness through a grand gesture he took a page from Terry Fox and headed out across the country He says that when he gets stiff or tired or has to battle through cramping or bad weather he makes the race about more than himself He makes it about all of the people who are battling the disease My mom was diagnosed when I was 12 and watching her go through surgery and radiation treatment and becoming so sick had a really heavy impact on my life Cannata said Then when I lost my grandfather I felt like we ve got to do something in terms of research and development If my contribution is calling attention to this then I can and I will run a marathon every day SNAP Sudbury August 29th 2011 Location Canadian Cancer Society Sudbury District Unit Address 1780 Regent Street South Phone 705 670 1234 ext 3700 He has been running for hope On August 31 Scott Cannata will be running through Sudbury during his cross Canada run hoping to raise at least 2 from each Canadian to put towards cancer research in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society The Canadian Cancer Society Sudbury District Unit will be hosting a welcoming event at its Regent Street office on August 31 2011 We are honoured and excited to have Scott in Sudbury It s incredible how far one individual is willing to go to fight cancer Cathy Burns Unit Manager Canadian Cancer Society Sudbury District Unit Throughout his journey Scott will be challenging his body to new limits while fighting these numbers 7 8500 209 and 42 2 He will have to be physically and mentally prepared to run 42 2 kilometers per day for the next seven months Between St John NL and Port Renfrew BC Scott will be running 209 marathons that will cover about 8500 kilometers Scott has not to endure cancer but he knows how cancer can affect your love ones and family With two younger sisters Scott at the age of 12 had to grow up quickly as his mother was diagnosed with cancer A few years later he lost his Poppa Cannata to cancer The feeling of helplessness and realization that not everyone can survive cancer has driven him to run For more information or donations for The Run to Live visit www theruntolive com I live to run and I run to live now it s time to run so others can live Scott Cannata The Sudbury Star August 29th 2011 Running across Canada for a cure A man running across Canada to raise money for cancer research will be in Sudbury on Wednesday Scott Cannata is running a marathon a day 42 2 kilometres to raise awareness and money to fight cancer Says Cannata I live to run and I run to live Now it s time to run so others can live Cannata is asking people all across the country to donate a minimum 2 for cancer research The Canadian Cancer Society Sudbury District Unit will hold a welcome event for Cannata at 11 a m at its office at 1780 Regent St Cathy Burns manager of the Sudbury unit said it s incredible how far one individual is willing to go to fight cancer Cannata in his early 20s and from the Peterborough area hasn t had cancer but his mother was diagnosed with cancer when he was 12 He later lost his grandfather to cancer The feeling of helplessness and realization not everyone can survive cancer has driven him to run For more information or to donate visit www theruntolive com For more about ser vices offered by the Canadian Cancer Society visit www cancer caor phone 1 888 939 3333 Midland Free Press August 26th 2011 Cannata is running a marathon a day Scott Cannata is running a marathon a day from Newfoundland to BC in support of cancer research Scott like so many of us has been touched by cancer so he decided to do this run in honour of Terry Fox 25 years later in order to raise money to find a cure Scott is a current undergraduate at Trent University and he works for Bill Byrick part time in the Athletics Centre He s the real thing a very fit sincere determined and driven young man I met him in Peterborough a few weeks ago and was incredibly impressed The Barrie Examiner August 24th 2011 A Peterborough man who s crossing the country running a marathon every day to raise money for cancer research had a brief pit stop in Barrie Tuesday Scott Cannata started his Run to Live campaign in St John s N L on May 1 and has run 42 kilometres a day the length of a full marathon and raised 26 000 for the Canadian Cancer Society research division It goes to show there are people and businesses out there willing to support a good cause Cannata said It s been a long haul so far and there s still a long way to go but we re making some progress Cannata expects to end the marathon in Port Renfrew B C in late December And even though he has a long way to go he hasn t forgotten his motivation I ve always run so that was kind of something I had to work with and my mom is a cancer survivor he said Everybody knows somebody who has been affected by cancer Cannata s mother was cleared of cervical cancer when he was 14 but after years of watching her go through radiation treatment and surgery the 25 year old never forgot how it affected his family I reached out to the Canadian Cancer Society and they said Let s go he said It s very exciting He was only 30 kilometres into his 91st marathon on Tuesday when he passed through Barrie alongside the truck and trailer his teams have been following him in We just came up Highway 27 into Barrie Cannata said It s the perfect point in all our lives to get out there and make a difference Cannata said when he hits the day s finish line he sets a GPS tracking point so he can start right where he left off the day before The Londoner August 24th 2011 There are plenty of people who can say they spend all day on the road Truckers couriers and sometimes even hardworking journalists tend to log a lot of kilometres day to day But the difference between all of them and Peterborough native Scott Cannata is that the 25 year old Trent University student puts in his road hours on foot Cannata is running across Canada to raise money for cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society Since setting off from St John s Newfoundland on May 1 he s raised roughly 23 000 and run a marathon 42 km nearly every day I wake up every morning pretty stiff in the legs for sure Cannata says It s tough to describe For anyone who s run a marathon it would definitely mean something else But chatting with the Londoner on his midday break as he passes through London Cannata almost downplays the enormity of his goal It s not like I m racing the marathon he offers up as an explanation for how his body is able to endure the daily rigours of a cross country run And it has never once been a question of if I will but how long it s gonna take to get there There s no question either that it s more than his morning cereal that fuels this athlete s journey With his mother having been diagnosed with cervical cancer when he was 12 and his grandfather passing away from a different cancer a few years later Cannata recalls a sense of helplessness when his family was faced with the disease It s very much related to being out here for a reason Cannata says In my opinion it really does take the right reason to be out here And it seems Cannata effectively communicates that reason to a small but loyal following wherever he goes Take Emilie for example The 23 year old Trent nursing grad who preferred not to give her last name said she s been following Cannata s journey since it began A survivor of childhood leukemia herself the London resident said she felt she had to come out to meet him as he passed through her hometown despite the fact they don t know each other I ve been to the events but have never got the chance to speak to him she said waiting for Cannata to make an appearance at the entrance to Victoria Park at Richmond Street and Central Avenue along his route through London She added words can t explain the feeling she gets from seeing another person take on such a grand gesture to benefit the cause of cancer research It did hit me hard how he was doing this for everybody she said It s very impressive Dan Mathers a friend of Cannata s girlfriend Meghan was also impressed It takes a lot of hard work and organization and the physical toll of doing it without getting injured must take a lot out of him said Mathers whose family hosted Cannata and his team on their stopover in London Most of his family and friends are in the GTA so that s where they get most of their support from but they ve managed to find people to keep them going since they left Newfoundland And they ll likely need a few more friends along the way before they end their journey in Port Renfrew B C in December We are definitely all getting a greater appreciation for how vast this country is the sheer size of the country and also demographics how diverse it is It s great Cannata says Everybody we ve met has been very supportive It s a long hard road but it helps to have people To find out more or to donate visit www theruntolive com Josh freeman sunmedia ca DurhamRegion com August 18th 2011 WHITBY It s been an emotionally charged few months for Scott Cannata since he started his journey running across Canada to raise money for cancer research Within the first week of the Run to Live campaign which kicked off in Newfoundland on May 1 the 25 year old former Durham resident suffered a sprain in his right foot I was told by two separate health care professionals that I need to get off my foot immediately and so I actually had to take a week off says Mr Cannata in a phone call with This Week during a brief stop just outside of London That was really tough on all of us psychologically because the body heals but we were all excited to start and it was really challenging to deal with that so early into the trip he says Mr Cannata launched his mission in September 2009 in honour of his mother a cancer survivor and his grandfather who lost his battle with the disease six years ago His goal is to run a marathon a day travelling east to west across Canada and convince every Canadian to contribute 2 to the cause Since the injury he and his support team which includes his girlfriend of 10 years 22 year old Meghan Baird who drives the campaign truck have only taken three days off After conquering the Maritimes Mr Cannata stepped foot in Ontario in late July passing through Durham last week We had the Durham Regional Police and we had different fire services all the way through Durham as well as the OPP escorting us right along Hwy 2 from Bowmanville all the way to the far side of Pickering says Mr Cannata who attended elementary school in Whitby and high school in Pickering We had lots of support there and it was absolutely incredible he says Momentum has been slowly building as the team reaches its halfway point in the journey which is expected to wrap up in British Columbia by late December We try not to hold our breath or get our hopes up but we ve had some absolutely incredible gatherings that were completely unexpected and I can t say enough about the people who have volunteered their time and services to get these events going for us says Mr Cannata Ms Baird adds she s been overwhelmed by the generosity of Canadians and is glad she decided to accompany him on the trek despite being hesitant at first I was a little bit skeptical but then after a week or so I kind of came around to the idea he s the perfect person he has the drive he s determined he s stubborn to a point and when he puts his mind to something he just does it she says Mr Cannata insists it s the people he meets along the way who continue to inspire him to keep going during the hard days I don t think I ve talked to a single person since I ve been out here who doesn t have a story about cancer so that just reinforces why we are out here and goes to show you that this is absolutely necessary So far the Run to Live campaign has managed to raise 23 000 for the Canadian Cancer Society Daily Exchange Magazine August 15th 2011 Scott Cannata Receives Hero s Welcome as he passes through Peterborough on his Cross Country Marathon Hometown event raises more than 2 300 for The Run to Live Oshawa More than 300 people gathered at the Justin Chiu Stadium on Monday August 8 2011 to welcome Trent student Scott Cannata back to Peterborough as he makes his way across Canada running a marathon a day in support of the Canadian Cancer Society and cancer research The special homecoming event provided a significant boost for Scott and The Run to Live team who began their journey on May 1 in St John s Newfoundland Friends and family along with members of the Trent and Peterborough communities filled the stands and lined the stadium entrance to welcome Scott back to Trent The crowd cheered Scott as he made a victory lap around the track said Kathryn Verhulst Rogers marketing and communications coordinator for Athletics Recreation at Trent who helped to organize the event It was an incredible moment for Scott and for everyone in attendance During the event an impressive 2 367 55 was raised in support of The Run to Live through a barbecue and donations from supporters including a generous gift from the varsity women s soccer team Special guests on hand to provide their own words of welcome and support included Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal County Warden J Murray Jones Mayor Daryl Bennett and Trent University President Dr Steven Franklin Peter Adams acted as emcee In his short speech to the crowd Scott Cannata spoke of the toll that running a marathon a day is having on his body It s tough he said adding But I know that what I m going through physically and emotionally is nothing compared to what those who are fighting cancer are experiencing Scott also issued a challenge of his own to the Trent community to share in the journey by completing the equivalent of a marathon per week for the duration of The Run to Live Using the track in the Justin Chiu Stadium Trent students faculty staff and alumni along with members of the Trent Community Sport Recreation Centre are being challenged to run a combined total of 42 2 kilometres per week or 106 laps until the Run to Live completes its journey in Port Renfrew BC in December Student groups community members and others have already started the challenge and progress is being tracked InsideHalton com August 12th 2011 A Peterborough man who is in the process of running across Canada to raise funds for cancer research dedicated the Oakville leg of his run to the late David Smyth Scott Cannata 25 ran into Oakville s Town Square Friday morning where Smyth s parents Mike and Kim and Oakville MP Terence Young greeted him and celebrated his arrival David Smyth an Oakville resident spent the last few weeks of his life last summer trying to raise awareness of the need for more Canadians to get a cheek swab test to see if they could potentially save the life of someone in need of a bone marrow transplant On Sept 3 2010 Smyth lost his life to a severe form of leukemia while waiting for such a transplant He was only 20 years old We have all been affected in some capacity by this disease and that is exactly why we are out here said Cannata Today is in honour of David Smyth He was a Trent University student with me out in Peterborough He was always an important part of the Trent athletic community where I was a personal trainer and I saw him every shift He always had a smile on his face so this smile I have today is for him Cannata began what is being called the Run to Live on May 1 departing from St John s Newfoundland With his arrival in Oakville he had run 3 400 kilometres of his 8 700 km journey which will end when he reaches Port Renfrew B C sometime in December or January Cannata who is running in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society said he averages around 42 2 kilometres per day and has so far raised an unofficial total of 20 000 for cancer research Smyth s mother Kim joined Cannata for a portion of his run into Oakville running with him for about half a kilometre I thought I would give every effort to at least run part of the way because Scott has dedicated this to David so I gave it my best today said Kim I m glad I did it I m glad that I tried and I m just very proud of what he has accomplished Mike Smyth said the support Cannata has given to his family goes back well before Friday s dedication When David went into hospital in July and got progressively worse Scott came out to various cheek swab sessions and told us about his plans to do this He s been in training for a year and a half said Mike He was helpful for us and we want to be helpful for him and we want everyone to be aware they can help fight this thing Young also recognized Cannata presenting him with a special certificate and welcoming him to Oakville Cannata said he decided to begin the Run to Live because of the impact cancer has had on his own family His own mother he said is a cancer survivor and six years ago he lost his paternal grandfather to cancer Cannata said he was struck by the sense of helplessness one feels as a loved one struggles through a deadly disease Following these experiences Cannata decided to fight back and on Friday he saluted Smyth for doing the same This is an important day because it shows you how one individual can impact many lives and make a difference David impacted me just like he impacted many others in this community and in the Trent community said Cannata This is a shout out to him Trent University News and Events August 12th 2011 Click here for photo

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