In Memory of Cathy Lamport
She was an Everyday Hero
Cathy faced many health challenges over the years including breast cancer and Parkinson’s Disease. On Sunday, August 9, 2020, I received an email from Dale, her husband, who advised me that Cathy had died early that morning. He also wanted me to know that Parkinson’s was not the reason but rather, as he said, breathing problems.
A few weeks ago, from her hospital bed, Cathy registered for the SuperWalk. This is part of what she wrote on her Personal Page:
“I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and I manage to keep my symptoms under control with medication and exercise. I know that it is only with research and development that I am able to live a better life with this disease….This year I plan on being at the walk for the whole duration. I may be slowing down but I am not giving up. The walk is to help fund the increasing need for support, education, advocacy and research. This is why I am asking for your support today.”
Cathy has always been a big SuperWalk Supporter. And Cathy was determined. On the day of the SuperWalk in 2018, after she was discharged from the hospital, instead of heading home, she had her Dale drive her directly to the walk and she watched, bundled up from a wheelchair. They both, in addition to raising money, always volunteered for the walk and Cathy’s job was “to make sure that everyone felt welcome.” She was very proud to have snagged Casey Cerson, a wonderful piper who can be seen leading the way in the photo on this year’s SuperWalk page and ‘news junkie’, pleased to be able to talk to Patricia Boal, Ottawa CTV News Anchor and Emcee of all of our walks thus far.
Cathy I will miss you and your wise counsel.
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