Emotional donation

By Geoff Lee

July 25, 2016 12:43 PM

The Synergy Credit Union Relay for Life committe presented Leya Foster, left, from the Lloydminster Canadian Cancer Society with a cheque for more than $11,000. On Foster's right is committee president Camanie Glynn, Linda Weiman, Mary Ann Sawatzky, Nola Donald and Bonita Crozier. Missing are Michelle Chickness, Debbie Haggart, Tamara Sayers and Lorrie Schwab.

A simple cheque presentation from Synergy Credit Union to the Canadian Cancer Society in Lloydminster turned into an emotional endorsement for the Relay for Life fundraising walk.
The emotion from Synergy’s Bonita Crozier comes from the powerful impact cancer has on effected families and survivors. 
Crozier spoke about that after presenting the society with a cheque for $11,057.54 last week.
“For me personally, I have had over eight members of my family and friends affected by cancer, one being my mom and she is the only survivor out of eight people,” said Crozier, who’s a member contact representative at Synergy.
“So it’s very important for me personally that we keep the Relay for Life in Lloydminster for sure.”
Crozier is the current treasurer of Synergy’s 15-person fundraising team and captain of the corporation’s Hope Hustlers walking team at the 2016 Relay for Life.
The Hustlers were among hundreds of people including about 50 cancer survivors who took part in this year’s Relay for Life walk at Bud Miller All Seasons Park June 3-4.
“It is really important to bring an event like this to Lloydminster,” said Crozier, whose words caught in her throat.
“Bud Miller is the perfect grounds for it and also because it definitely keeps the focus on cancer and finding a cure.”
Canadian Cancer Society rep Leya Foster accepted Synergy’s Relay for Life cheque and said the money helps our community and the province in general with funding for cancer care and research.
“All of that money will go to helping people,” said Foster.
Locally, she said the money is used for cancer care and treatment and to offset the cost of out of town treatments for patients and families, noting the Synergy cheque is one of the largest this year.
“It’s definitely a very nice donation, but every bit helps from a dollar to thousands of dollars,” said Foster.
“It all goes into making a difference in our community.”
Crozier said the total raised at Synergy comes from year round internal fundraising through employee bake sales and hot lunches and the efforts of the Hope Hustlers relay walkers.
She said this year is the second in a row that the walkers out raised the internal fundraising crew with the overall total raised surpassing the goal of $11,000.
Crozier said her team’s name is “the Hope Hustlers because a lot of us have had cancer really touch each one of our lives so we always hope they will find a cure.”
In her quest, Crozier said she walked 28,000 steps this year recorded on her step counter.
“This was my sixth or seventh year doing Relay for Life because we’ve done personal family teams for my mom as well and every year it just keeps the focus in the mind of what is like to walk as a cancer survival every single day,” she said.
Crozier said doing the walk is virtually painless compared to what cancer survivors endure.
She said walking laps around Bud Miller Lake will give those people and their families much relief.
“Someone with cancer has to deal with the sore feet and they have to deal with the aches and pains and sometimes being too cold or too hot, so this most definitely lets you step in the person’s shoes that have dealt with cancer in their lives,” she said.

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