Fifth Annual Cruise for the Cure
March 9-16, 2014
on the Royal Caribbean - Freedom of the Seas
Barry Foot, owner/operator of Expedia®
in Richmond Hill and Thornhill Ontario, lost his wife, Mary, to breast cancer in January of 2009. Mary left behind her husband and two young sons, David and Joshua. Mary loved to cruise. In fact, while she was undergoing chemo treatments she, Barry and their two boys would go on a cruise. The ship's doctor kept an eye on Mary and administered her medication as required. If she had times she was not feeling well she would stay in her cabin or on her balcony enjoying the scenery and the sea passing by. On days that she felt good she would enjoy the amenities of the ship and go exploring in the ports.
As it became apparent that Mary was losing her personal battle with breast cancer; Barry made a commitment to his beloved wife. Barry vowed to create Cruise For the Cure in Mary's memory; gathering people each year for a one week cruise with a portion of the cabin price dedicated to breast cancer research. One year later we sailed on the first Cruise for the Cure.
Since that first cruise the relationship between Breast Cancer Society of Canada™ and Barry and Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® has grown significantly. The corporate headquarters of Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® has now adopted the Cruise for the Cure as one of their national projects.
Besides the opportunity to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada™, Cruise for the Cure 2013 passengers (including the winners of Dress for the Cause) will enjoy an exclusive cocktail party and other "cause" related activities throughout their vacation.
By getting involved, Barry has set a wonderful example for his sons. Joshua, now 11 years old is an active boy who plays hockey and baseball. He is very much cognisant of the importance of breast cancer awareness and always promotes the cause and the memory of his mom by proudly wearing pink ribbons on his team shirts and "I wear PINK in honour of my hero, my mom" stickers on his helmets!