“Dave and I are completely overwhelmed and humbled by all the support from friends and strangers in the community,” said Dave Corke’s wife, Vanessa Corke. Dave was diagnosed with leukemia on Dec. 23, 2020 and since then, many friend have been raising money for him and his family. (Facebook/Vanessa Corke)

“Dave and I are completely overwhelmed and humbled by all the support from friends and strangers in the community,” said Dave Corke’s wife, Vanessa Corke. Dave was diagnosed with leukemia on Dec. 23, 2020 and since then, many friend have been raising money for him and his family. (Facebook/Vanessa Corke)

Maple Ridge woman runs more kms each day to raise funds for Chilliwack friend with leukemia

April Migneault ran more than 465 kms in 30 days to help raise money for Dave Corke and family

A Maple Ridge woman ran more kilometres each day throughout the month of April as part of a fundraiser for her Chilliwack friend with leukemia.

Dave Corke was diagnosed with leukemia just two days before Christmas last year. Since then, friends have been rallying to raise funds for the family to help pay for hospital appointments, medication and to ease their financial stresses due to Corke being unable to work.

April Migneault is one of those friends who stepped up.

She started out on April 1 running one kilometre (which took about five minutes) and gradually increased her distance by a kilometre every day, ending with a 30-kilometre run on April 30 (which took two hours and 52 minutes).

“I will be running the date of the calendar in kilometres each day in April for a total of 465 kilometres in 30 days,” Migneault wrote on social media earlier in April.

The idea actually came from a friend who proposed the “calendar run challenge” to her. So she ran with it and decided to raise money at the same time.

“I love challenging myself and thought if I could help the Corke family at the same time then that would become my ‘why,’” Migneault said.

She said she’s fortunate other friends have joined her on her daily runs. So far, she’s raised more than $3,100 and during the month of April, she ran a total of 487 kilometres.

April Migneault of Maple Ridge, seen here with her running friend Hannah Baerg, has run every day in April (and also increased the distance of each run by one kilometre each day) for a total of 465 kilometres in 30 days. It’s how she chose to raise money for her friend, Dave Corke of Chilliwack, who has leukemia. (Facebook/April Migneault)

April Migneault of Maple Ridge, seen here with her running friend Hannah Baerg, has run every day in April (and also increased the distance of each run by one kilometre each day) for a total of 465 kilometres in 30 days. It’s how she chose to raise money for her friend, Dave Corke of Chilliwack, who has leukemia. (Facebook/April Migneault)

“Dave and I are completely overwhelmed and humbled by all the support from friends and strangers in the community,” said Dave’s wife, Vanessa Corke. “April’s running challenge has completely astounded us, and we are so grateful for what she is doing.”

Migneault is just one of many friends who have been helping the Chilliwack family. Earlier in April another friend, Sharon Reeder, organized a golf fundraiser within the golfing community. It seemed fitting since Dave previously worked in the golf industry. The event brought in more than $10,000.

Others have pitched in, too. Debbie Channing set up a GoFundMe and as of April 30, more than $15,000 had been raised.

Corke was diagnosed on Dec. 23, 2020 with acute lymphocytic leukemia (B-cell Philadelphia chromosome positive). He began chemotherapy on Christmas Day and has been travelling regularly to Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) since then for chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

On April 30, while Migneault was out running her final 30 kilometres, Corke was at VGH for a stem cell transplant that same day.

“I’m so glad we have been able to help the Corkes, they are a wonderful family,” Migneault said.

The Corkes think their friends are equally wonderful.

“Our lives have changed, but through the sadness, we look for the good. We feel blessed to have such amazing support as we navigate this journey,” Vanessa said.

To donate to the cause, go to gofundme.com/f/the-amazing-corke-family.


 

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on?
Email: jenna.hauck@theprogress.com
Twitter: @PhotoJennalism

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Cancerfundraiser

Just Posted

Environment Canada predicts mainly sunny weather for the weekend, with highs of 24 C. (The News files)
Sunny weekend in forecast for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Highs of 24 predicted for both Saturday and Sunday

Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
LETTER: Pandemic fight in stark contrast to Second World War unity, Maple Ridge man says

What if people of the Allied nations thought only of themselves during battle to defeat Hitler?

The draw for May’s Shop Local & Win contest takes place June 4, 2021. (Special to The News)
Open your wallet close to home and win

Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce hosts shop local competition

Brian Malfesi and his partner Vincent Jourdenais have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. (Special to The News)
Maple Ridge kayak racer qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

Malfesi is first B.C. sprint paddler to race for Team Canada at Olympics in 33 years

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
Chamber of commerce for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows hosts Conservative leader

Erin O’Toole and MP Dalton part of online Zoom meeting on Monday

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Astra Zeneca vaccine waits for injection in a Feb. 3, 2021 file photo. A Langley man has become the second B.C. resident to suffer a blood clot following an injection. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
B.C. man required emergency surgery after AstraZeneca vaccination

Shaun Mulldoon suffered ‘massive blood clot’ after jab

Chilliwack’s Kile Brown, performing as drag queen Hailey Adler, dances and lip syncs in front of hundreds of people during the inaugural Chilliwack Pride Barbecue at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre on Aug. 24, 2019. Monday, May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of May 16 to 22

International Day Against Homophobia, Talk Like Yoda Day, Sea Monkey Day all coming up this week

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Bradley Priestap in an undated photo provided to the media some time in 2012 by the London Police Service.
Serial sex-offender acquitted of duct tape possession in B.C. provincial court

Ontario sex offender on long-term supervision order was found with one of many ‘rape kit’ items

Rich Coleman, who was responsible for the gaming file off and on from 2001 to 2013, was recalled after his initial testimony to the Cullen Commission last month. (Screenshot)
Coleman questioned over $460K transaction at River Rock during B.C. casinos inquiry

The longtime former Langley MLA was asked about 2011 interview on BC Almanac program

Mandarin Garden in Abbotsford had two event tents set up for outdoor dining. One of the tents, valued at more than $5,000, was stolen early Friday morning (May 14). (Submitted photo)
UPDATE: Dining tent stolen from Abbotsford restaurant is located

Owner says it would have cost more than $5,000 to replace the rented event tent

Steven Shearer, <em>Untitled. </em>(Dennis Ha/Courtesy of Steven Shearer)
Vancouver photographer’s billboards taken down after complaints about being ‘disturbing’

‘Context is everything’ when it comes to understanding these images, says visual art professor Catherine Heard

Most Read