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First Nation group finishes 435-mile walk for cancer awareness






Members of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation arrive in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after a 435-mile walk for cancer awareness. Photo from Facebook

A group from the Mathias Colomb First Nation has completed a 435-mile walk from the reserve to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

About 50 marchers started the journey on Friday. They made the walk to raise awareness of high rates of cancer on the reserve.

Frank Linklater, who has terminal cancer, came up with the idea for the march. He's been participating in the walk, which reached the capital of Winnipeg this morning.


YouTube: Frank Cancer Awareness Walk

"His energy level and everything else about him certainly has been compromised," his brother, Guy Dumas, said in a video on YouTube. "However he's determined to bring awareness to cancer to the world, to the government and to the partners of government."

It's not clear why the reserve suffers from a high cancer rate.

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