Cornwall Ontario — This morning was Cornwall’s first ever Walk for Pulmonary Hypertension. The wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of participants of Stride for Breath.
Organizer Shawna Brinkworth said, “when I was up at 5:00am and seen the rain I felt a little defeated. When I arrived at 6:30am to set up with my team of helpers and It was raining I thought it would deter people from attending. We set up and decided that all that mattered was that we raise some awareness to those who could make it out”.
Despite the rain, the turnout was still very good. People drove from as far as Belleville, Ottawa, Finch, and Smith Falls to participate in the Cornwall run and fundraiser Saturday morning.
“We raised a grand total of $5,780.00. With a goal originally set to $1,000 as it was our first one, we were all put to tears. Cornwall, a tiny town, for a disease so rare, raised close to $6,000 despite cold, windy and rainy weather”, said Brinkworth enthusiastically.
The crowd was jovial this morning. People ran and walked in their hoodies and ponchos. People were smiling, laughing, and happy to take part in Cornwall’s 1st annual Stride for Breath.
Shawna Brinkworth thanked event sponsors Spine Care Plus, No Frills, and Wendy’s, and she also thanked family, friends, and co-workers, who all made this event possible.
“It was an amazing feeling”, said Brinkworth.