From left, Gus Anagnostaras, Chris Dimopoulos, Andre Dimopoulos, Alex Trichas, Nick Dimopoulos. In the middle sitting down, the founder of Hope & Cope, Sheila Kussner.
Dorval Auto Parts aimed high, and once again, their growing list of supporters came through – in a big way! “Thanks to this support, the 8th Annual Dorval, Sources and St. Henri Auto Parts Walk-a-thon raised $77,000 for Hope & Cope – a pioneering cancer support organization that teaches survivors how to live well with and beyond cancer,” said Alex Trichas of Dorval Auto Parts.
In 2008, Dorval AutO Parts hosted its first Walk-a-thon with the modest goal of $10,000, which it easily surpassed, raising $25,000 that first year alone. Since then, each year has brought with it an ever-growing community of enthusiastic walkers, sponsors and donors.
“In eight years, we have raised a grand total of $436,000 and every penny has gone to support patients who participate in Hope & Cope’s innovative and highly effective cancer exercise and rehabilitation program. Under the supervision of physiotherapists, exercise specialist and trained volunteers, the program is offered free of charge to cancer survivors from the Greater Montreal area, regardless of their hospital affiliation. Exercise is one of the single most important ways for patients to feel better and live better during and after cancer treatment. The benefits include improved flexibility, endurance, balance and strength, enhanced mood, and the ability to tolerate better some of the more challenging side effects of treatment such as extreme fatigue,” explained Trichas.
“On behalf of the many cancer survivors whose lives you have touched, we at Dorval Auto Parts thank you for your support and your generosity. We look forward to welcoming you back again next year, when we will host our 9th Walk-a-thon on Sunday, September 11, 2016,” said Trichas.