Thursday, June 9, 2016

Mudmoiselle - Beaver Valley

Well here it is.. June.  A new month for cancer/melanoma/survivor advocacy, and a new announcement.  

I am excited to tell you that I have been asked to be an Ambassador for Mudmoiselle in the Beaver Valley.  A MUD Ambassador!  

It is an honour to be invited to participate in this event.  I will be there to cheer on teams of women and crowds of volunteers who will gather at Talisman Resort in September to raise awareness and funds for cancer support via the Canadian Cancer Society.  

The Bluewater Community Office is working hard to coordinate a 2nd annual for-fun 5km "mud run" style event going up and down a ski slope.  Teams of women dress up in crazy outfits and have a day of outdoor fun after raising pledges to benefit the Bluewater area supported by the Canadian Cancer Society. 

Thank you for inviting me to be a Mud Ambassador!  I am assured I will be very helpful simply being at the event and cheering the others on and being there to share my story... but... I have a sneaking suspicion I will be getting dirty too.  :-D  

I look forward to sharing lots of information about this event and its benefits in the coming months!  Look out cancer - Mudmoiselles are after you!!!

Please see CCS Bluewater's release from the press launch and photo opportunity we had yesterday afternoon at Talisman Resort in Kimberley/Beaver valley, Ontario:   Oh yes and check out the video (below) of last year's event woohoooo!!!!


Canadian Cancer Society, Bluewater Community Office

c/o Jen Wright or Carly Furniss, Fundraising Department or


Mudmoiselle in the Beaver Valley Officially Kicks Off with Cancer Survivor Mud Ambassadors On Site

Beaver Valley, ON (June 8, 2016) – To be able to take on the obstacles, the mud, the pushing, the pulling, the jumping, the climbing and the grueling uphill hike on the former ski hill of Talisman Resort is a very humbling experience. “We’re running for people who take on battles bigger than this every day,” Jennifer Wright, Community Fundraising Specialist with the Canadian Cancer Society says. “Mudmoiselle is an obstacle course that raises funds to help fight back against cancer, while proving that there are a whole lot of people who want to drag this disease through the dirt!”

Last September, 347 Mudmoiselles dragged cancer through the mud and raised an admirable $100,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society to throw in the ugly disease’s face. This year, the Bluewater Community Office is hoping to push that total raised to $120,000 and more Mudmoiselles taking part.

Natalie Richardson, a local mother to identical twins, writer, and two-time cancer survivor is helping the Society push for a stronger Mudmoiselle turn out by taking part as a Mud Ambassador.  

“Participating in Mudmoiselle gives me another opportunity to show my unending gratitude to my community and all of the resources that have been there to support my family and I in this difficult time,” Richardson says.

Richardson was first diagnosed in April 2014 with stage 3b nodular melanoma, and was then diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer (unrelated to the melanoma) the following September. She is already a spokesperson for Save Your Skin Foundation and has been sharing her journey on her blog, ‘Impatient Patient Momma’.

“Sharing my experience online helps my family, friends, and I cope with this roller coaster ride in a brutally honest and often comical way,” Richardson states.  She remains positive and inspirational to readers and friends and is sure to be an asset to the promotions of this year’s Mudmoiselle run. “To know that funds from this event go directly back to Bluewater Canadian Cancer Society for the needs of cancer patients right here at home is enough to get me on that hill on September 10 th !”

Richardson joined Jen Wright, the Mudmoiselle planning committee, some of last year’s Top Fundraisers, and other cancer survivor Mud Ambassadors Sophie Voss, Pauline Kelly, Michelle Metcalf, and Carolyn Letourneau at Talisman on Wednesday to officially launch the September run. Promotions will be rolling out online, on air and through print media over the next few weeks.

“We’re really hoping to get some more Mudmoiselles up there this year and increase our fundraising efforts,” Wright explains. “There’s something in it for everyone and we’re really looking forward to another day of inspirational fun!”

If you’d like to learn more about, or register for, Mudmoiselle in the Beaver Valley, please visit or call 519.376.6011. Early bird deadline is August 12 th , after which the price to participate will increase.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives and supporting people living with cancer through research funding, services and advocacy. We are Canada’s largest charity fighting all types of cancer and leading authority on cancer statistics and information. To learn more, call 1 888 939-3333 or visit

For further information or to book an interview opportunity, please contact:

Canadian Cancer Society, Bluewater Community Office

Jen Wright or Carly Furniss, Fundraising Department or


Social media information:

Twitter: @MudmoiselleRun or @CCSBluewater

Facebook: Mudmoiselle in The Beaver Valley (event) or Bluewater CanadianCancer Society

Hashtag: #Mudmoiselle

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