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Thursday, September 13, 2007

92 year old still participates in cancer walk

Ninety-two-year-old Lorna Aitken of Eyebrow will be participating in her 14th Terry Fox Run Sunday in Eyebrow. Submitted photograph

“I feel lucky that I feel this good at this age,” said 92-year-old Lorna Aitken in explaining why she is participating in this year’s Eyebrow Terry Fox Run.
“I’ve lost three sisters, one husband, and a brother-in-law to cancer. That’s a good reason,” said Aitken.
This will be her fourth year of being the oldest participant in the Terry Fox Run, her 14th year all together.
“I guess I grew up working hard,” said Aitken with a laugh.
Aitken walked one mile last year and plans to keep walking that until she isn’t able to anymore.
“If I feel this well in five years, I’ll keep doing it. I’m just 92. People are living to be over 100,” she said with a laugh.
But this year is extra special for Aitken.
“My neighbour and I used to compete to see who could raise the most, but she was in an accident, and we lost her this year. So this year, I’m doing it for her,” said Aitken.
Aitken’s family is helping her raise money online. Two of her granddaughters have set up an online pledge sheet for people to donate. They have also gotten the word out on their blogs.
“It’s the old, you tell two friends, and then they tell two of their friends, the word will catch on,” said Coralee Flug, one of Aitken’s 24 grandchildren.
So far, Aitken has raised more than $100 herself. More than $300 has been raised online.
Flug said the family is so eager to help because her grandmother is always there to help out someone else.
“My grandmother has always been involved in her community,” said Flug.
“She’s always been active. Whether it’s a hall supper, or a donation, she’s there. If someone needs a pie, she’ll bake a pie. She gets in there and does it. She’s a cool lady,” she said.
Up until a few years ago, Aitken was an active curler. She has eight children and 36 great-grandchildren.
“She shovels the walk at the seniors’ centre. No one is ever surprised by what she does,” said Flug.
To donate to Aitken, check out, and follow the links for the Terry Fox Run.

Shelby Parker can be reached
at 691-1263.

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Debbie Graas from Eyebrow, Saskatchewan writes: Go Grandma! See you on Sunday.
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Maryann from US writes: What an incredible woman! She is an example and an inspiration for us all!
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