For the last 18 years, Evelyn Stone has gathered a group of enthusiasts to ski in the Gatineau Loppet. This year it will be held the weekend of February 14-16, 2020. Most participants ski in the 10 km free style event, although some keeners choose the more challenging races, 15, 27 or 51 km classic or skate ski. Evelyn will be skiing in the 10 km free style race, on Sunday, February 16, 2019. In this group there is a combination of classic and skate skiers. The Loppet also offers snowshoe races: 2 km (for children) 5 and 10 km races.
Skiers and snowshoers are asked to sign up sponsors and fundraise for Little Angels. Participants create a personal fundraising page on the website maintained by the The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Participants raise whatever $$ they can, there is no minimum requirement.
The Ottawa Hospital Foundation issues tax receipts for donations of $15 or more.
In January of 2000, Evelyn was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. In April 2001, she underwent a stem cell transplant. To aid in her recuperation, She decided to train for the 2002, 10 km Gatineau Loppet. She soon realized she could turn this into a fundraising event for the Little Angels Blood Cancer Fund.
The first year, 2002, she recruited 20 people to ski and they raised $7,000. Every year the number of skiers and funds raised has increased. In 2018, 50 people skied and snowshoed and they raised over $32,000.
All skiers must register with the Gatineau Loppet. To register, log onto the Gatineau Loppet website www.gatineauloppet.com
Two (2) weeks after the Gatineau Loppet, there is a thank you party and all who have participated are invited to meet each other and celebrate.
The Little Angels Blood Cancer Fund provides financial support to qualified patients undergoing treatment for blood cancer at the Ottawa Hospital. We help patients experiencing financial difficulties by funding non-medical expenses such as transportation, parking, child care, lodging and meals.
Little Angels is a registered non-profit charity founded in 1996 by Diane George-Wiggins. It is run by a volunteer group of blood cancer survivors.
The Ottawa Hospital Foundation administers the Fund. Decisions regarding which blood cancer patients qualify for Little Angels assistance are made by Social Workers associated with the blood cancer treatment program at the Ottawa Hospital.
To find out more information about Little Angels Blood Cancer Fund, the website is: www.little-angels.ca