By Irena Kropman, Hearth Place Event Coordinator Overhead Photos by Richard Zuccato (from Provinz October 2014 page 16)
Staff and volunteers of Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre eagerly welcomed members of PCA-UCR to our home on August 24th. We enjoyed warm weather on our patio with a delicious breakfast and appreciated the opportunity to tour guests through our facility.
Our staff shared stories of our members and informed guests of our many programs available free of charge to cancer patients and their families.
The club members began their journey from Oshawa early in the morning with full bellies, enjoying a picturesque drive through northern Durham, Brock Township and into the Kawartha Lakes. We drove around the north shores of Sturgeon Lake and through the lovely town of Fenelon Falls. What a beautiful view from Eganridge Inn & Country Club where we stopped to enjoy a fabulous lunch ending with harvest apple pie from a local orchard atop a pool of crème Anglais.
We are fortunate enough that Richard Zuccato took some beautiful videos throughout the day, including as we left Fenelon Falls. You can watch his video here: http://youtu.be/INl1pD5foDg
We continued over the Trent Canal and along the west shores of Pigeon Lake and ended our remarkable day at The Royal Oak Bar and Grill where our Porsche members allowed Hearth Place members to view, ask questions about, and even get inside some of their gorgeous cars.
One of the most unforgettable sights was seeing Owen, an 11-year-old survivor, as happy as can be. Owen recently completed his treatments and in celebrating at a summer camp meant only for children with cancer and their families, he broke his leg!
Owen was in his wheelchair giggling with excitement to have David Forbes to push him as fast as a Porsche. Owen even got up and left his wheelchair behind to hop from Porsche to Porsche to see what it felt like to sit in the driver’s seat. He especially enjoyed the sound of their horns!
The Hearth Place members and their families were very appreciative for the opportunity to see the many makes and models of Porsche; it was a great end to the day. To view more photos from the day, please visit us at http://hearthplace.smugmug.com/ Porsche; the password is UCR.
Hearth Place is about comfort, healing, and accompanying people in their journey with cancer. It is about hope and it is most assuredly about living.
We were so honoured to welcome the PCA-UCR club to our home; we are grateful that you have taken the time to get to know us and what we are here to do for our community. I thank you for being here today in support of Hearth Place and our members. With your support and care, we will continue providing families who are impacted by cancer the Hope, Encouragement, Acceptance, Reassurance, Trust and Help for which Hearth Place stands.
We look forward to next year’s 2nd annual Hearth Place Fun Run and Show & Shine on Saturday September 26th, 2015 and we hope to see you there.