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Rain no worry at cancer fundraising walk

The rain was no worry as thousands of people lined up for the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer, a fundraiser for Princess Margaret Hospital’s cancer wing.

The two-day, 60-kilometre walk raised $10 million. The event kicked off Saturday at the Direct Energy Centre.

“It’s a little wet but we don’t care, it’s a great time and a great cause,” walker Deborah Haming said.

“We’ve got ponchos on and we’re ready.”

Participants will cover the streets of Toronto, ending up at Downsview Park on Saturday night. There, they’ll see performances from Glass Tiger, Disco Nation and Michael Burgess before heading back downtown on Sunday morning.

The walk raises money for the Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret, including cancer awareness, treatment and prevention.

Cancer survivors as well as executives, doctors and researchers from the hospital joined other walkers for the event.

“We’re excited to be here on the 10th anniversary. The walkers here are in great spirits,” Paul Alofs, president and CEO of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation said.

“This is the most successful multi-day walk for women’s cancers in the world.”

The walk ends Sunday evening at Ricoh Coliseum.

The event has raised $133 million since its inception.