Thursday, 5 September 2013


Hi everyone,

Well first off a big apology for not posting for so long.  In August the whole family, which includes most of @TeamBreyden, took a break from the walk to attend a family reunion in the Shuswap area of British Columbia. I took a break from posting to enjoy being with family and especially to reconnect with Breyden, the support vehicle crew and the rest of the support team for the first time since he commenced his walk over 4 months before.

A lot of things had transpired in the previous weeks. The long trip and hot summer weather was beginning to take it's toll on some of the road crew.  High temperatures and no ability to run air conditioning in the parked motor home all day resulted in exasperating pre-existing health issues as well as adding new ones for some of the support vehicle team. After two trips to local hospitals resulting in orders from doctors to return home it was unanimously agreed that the motor home and family would have to return home.

Without the backing of a vehicle to provide shelter, food, safety and support Breyden made the very difficult decision to put the CrossCanadaCure walk on hold and resume it in the spring next year. He is determined to finish his goal and ultimately would like to raise his target amount of $323.323 for the BC Cancer Foundation to help in finding a cure for cancer.This is of course the purpose of the walk. We are continuing with his goal and plan to have other fundraising events until then to continue working for the cause.  The recent Car Wash at the 96th Avenue Shell Station in Surrey and Alex's Lemonade Stand are still huge motivators for us all to keep working towards the goal.

The Support Vehicle and crew have returned  home. Everyone's health has greatly improved and while it was difficult for us all, we fully support Breyden and are grateful to have everyone back and in good health again.

Breyden is back on track pursuing his plans for his future.  He has gotten a full time job and is working hard to build his education fund so that he can begin attending classes next Fall.

In 4 months Breyden walked approximately 2,600 kilometers. He started on March 23, 2013 and walked from Horseshoe Bay British Columbia, crossed Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to arrive at the Ontario boarder on July 23, 2013.  WALKED!  According to the BC Cancer Society Event Page he raised $5,925.20 for cancer research but there were donations made other ways so the amount was a bit higher than that.  We are all extremely proud of what he has done and will continue to do next year.

Stay tuned...

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Alex's Lemonade Stand

On Saturday Breyden's 10 year old cousin Alex had his annual Lemonade stand in Vancouver's west end. As he does every year, he makes the lemonade from fresh lemons.  He also has fresh baked cookies and other goodies that he makes with his mom the day before. A real treat for Westenders on their way to the farmers market up the street.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the lemonade stand this morning!
$60.20 was donated to the Canadian Cancer Society through the Cross Canada Cure. And then a very generous neighbor donated the remaining $39.80 to  round it up to an even $100.

-Diane (Alex's Mom/Breyden\s Aunt)

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The Car Wash

Turnout for the car wash was just amazing. but more notable was the commitment and enthusiasm of Shell Station owner,  Neeraj Aggarwal, and Manager Len Tinkler.

The amount of work that they did and the energy they put forth for this event was inspiring.  As I drove down Scott Road and approached the station I saw the whole corner was decorated with balloons, banners and staff out on the sidewalks with signs promoting the fundraiser.  I was completely overwhelmed.

To Neeraj, Len and all of the staff and family who helped out and participated I want to express a huge thank you and much appreciated from Breyden, my mom an dad who are Breyden's support on the road as well as myself and the rest of the family who comprise @TeamBreyden. We are very a grateful for all you did.  THANK YOU!

Food booths, lemonade stand and silent auction
Doing my bit

Line up for the car wash

My cousin Anne and Crystal came to give support too.

Toni even made her own home baked chocolate chip cookies. They delicious AND she shared with me her secret ingredient, which I will use next time I bake some. THANKS TONI!

Car Wash Lineup was always 2-4 cars deep

Some of the staff who were there helping out

Me and just a few of the staff who put on the event.  Thanks gang, 

The Lemonade guys. These guys totally rocked the place. So much enthusiasm. 

Len and Neeraj are still working on figuring out the total raised to support Breyden's walk.  Proceeds will go to food, shelter, shoes etc so that Breyden can continue on his fundraising walk.  I will have an addendum to this blog entry within a few days.

If you would like to financially support the CrossCanadaCure: CIBC transit # 00250 account # 83-68694

thank you,

Wednesday, 17 July 2013


Breyden crossed into Ontario yesterday.  I just need to take a minute to let that totally sink in.  It is so hard to believe that just under 4 months ago he left Horseshoe Bay on his walk to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. He has walked over 2,400 kilometers and fully crossed 4 provinces so far. Motivated by his desire to help a friend suffering from Leukemia, he just keeps on going, averaging over 30 km a day.

Still I need to do a big request for everyone to make a donation and help him realize his financial goal towards the Canadian Cancer Society. 

I am very excited about the upcoming fundraiser for him this Saturday.  My good friend Len, manager of the Shell Station at 96th Street and Scott Road (120th) in Surrey BC, and the owner, Neeraj are holding a big Car Wash Fundraiser to help raise money for the expenses of the trip that allow Breyden to continue every day on his walk for the Canadian Cancer Society.  I will be there to help and with a donation table to donate directly to the CCS as well.

I am letting my car get good and dirty and am looking forward to getting it washed up nice and shiny again.  What about you?  Come on down and get your vehicle all clean for the weekend. Have a hotdog, a lemonade (a classic lemonade stand from some local grade 5 boys!) and come over and say hi.  I'd love to meet some of the blog readers.

Look forward to seeing you there.

(on behalf of Breyden Walken Erickson)

Friday, 12 July 2013

Fundraiser on Saturday July 20 in Surrey BC

Upcoming fundraiser for 18 year old Bryeden Erickson who is walking across Canada to raise money for cancer research.  He started in Horseshoe Bay BC on March 23 and is currently just east of Winnipeg MB.  He has walked over 2,400 kilometers so far.

On July 20, a local Shell Station at 96th Avenue and Scott Road in Surrey BC will be having a special car wash day as a fundraiser to support Breyden's walk.

From 11 am until 3 pm any regular $20.00 car wash will have the proceeds donated to fund Breyden's Cross Canada Cure. Extra staff will be on had to provide a value-added car wash experience; including interior cleaning.

The Chantrell Creek Grade 5 boys will be hosting a lemonade stand and are donating their proceeds (after expenses) to the fundraiser. There will also be a BBQ. Get a hotdog, lemonade, a clean car and help fight cancer all in one stop!

There is also a silent auction  including 4 Vancouver game tickets, a Ferrari Cap, Cordless phone, a Car cleaning system, car wash coupons and more.

Oh yea, and I will be there to help out with the car cash. Come on down, and join in and and help out a great cause.

Thanks to owner Neeraj Aggarwall and Manager Len Tinkler for their efforts and amazing generosity.

The amazing and irreplaceable Len Tinkler
Make a donation to help fight cancer.


(Uncle) Daryl Lonneberg

Friday, 5 July 2013

Southern Manitoba

Everyone is affected by cancer, and anyone can make a difference.

For 18 year-old Salmon Arm youth Breyden Erickson, the desire to make a difference motivates him to keep walking on his journey across Canada to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. In his 4th month and his 4th province since leaving Horseshoe Bay on March 23, his Cross Canada Cure is slowly reaching his goal of raising $323,323.00. Many teenagers take a year off after high school before starting a post secondary education. Breyden decided to spend most of that time making a difference, and has walked over 2000 km so far.

The support vehicle driven by Breyden’s grandparents is affectionately known by the family as ‘The Mother Ship’, and officially joined the Cross Canada Cure when Breyden came through the Salmon Arm area. The trek also is being greatly supported by Salmon Arm Mayor Nancy Cooper who has been graciously extending mayor-to-mayor requests to fellow mayors in towns across the country to meet with Breyden and support the cause.

Canada Day marked the 101st day of his trek – and Breyden Erickson is making a difference.

Here is their plan for Southern Manitoba cities.  Breyden and the team are arranging local meetings with media etc.  If you live in or near any of these towns/cities and want to know more or or would even like to walk with him for a bit to show support. please comment or contact us at @TeamBreyden on Twitter.

July 5 - Sidney
July 6 - MacGregor
July 7 - Portage
July 8 - Oakville
July 9 - Headingly
July 10- Winnipeg
July 11- Winnipeg
July 12- Lorette
July 13- Richer
July 18- Kenora
July 21- Vermillion
July 22- Dryden
July 23- Wabigoon

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Great people in Saskatchewan. AND 2000 KILOMETERS!!

We are all praying for and thinking of the people in Calgary and hoping everyone manages to get back on their feet safely and quickly.  It is so hard to imagine something happening in such a large city. But it is amazing to hear the stories of people stepping up to help one another. Stay strong Calgary. I hear news that power to downtown could be back up very soon.

While it is amazing to see all the people helping,  (One friend posted that they asked for 1,000 volunteers to show up for a clean up  crew and over 5,000 showed up) I have to say that it is not surprising.  I have always know that we Canadians are helpful and kind spirited, it is just part of who we are.  While this support happening in and for Calgary is heartwarming, it is just us watching out for each other as we always do.  So with the Canada Day long weekend coming up, take a minute to think about what that means to you and make an extra effort to help each other.  Even just a kind word or a simple acknowledgment is so easy to give, but can make all the difference in someones day.

I received a string of texts from Breyden a few days ago with a long list of people who have reached out to help him.  So I would like to acknowledge some of the great people who have helped him recently. I know I have not gotten everyone and may have some spelling mistakes on a few names so please leave me a comment and share your meeting with Breyden.

                                                At the Caronport Community Church

Mayor of Wolsely Saskatchewan Dennis Fjestad, his wife, and people from the church outside of a restaurant which they treated us.

Breyden meeting with Mayor Dennis Fjestad of Wolseley.

Meeting with Mayor Deb Higgins of Moosejaw

Staff at the Best Western in Moosejaw. On the left is Brenda, she cooked us breakfast even though we were late. Carolyn was working the front desk

Breyden, Norma and Al meet with Mayor Michael Fougere of Regina

 A view of the motorhome from the mayors office in Regina.

Breyden with his new shoes that were donated by Judy and Pat Horning.

Ashton from Track and Trail Regina, who helped us get new shoes sorted

With Craig Bartlett, who, with his his wife Danielle who provided 2 nights at the Dyer Straits Campground and Cabins in White City in support of Breyden's cause.

Tom an Sylvia Lipp generously provided a nights stay at the Creekside Gardens in Qu'Appelle
The gardens are beautiful, check out the photo gallery on the website.

Gail at the visitor centre in Indian Head donated $20 and doughnuts from local bakery


While he was there, Doug and Sharon Armstrong of Whitewood  donated $100 on behalf of Armstrong charters

In addition Breyden met with the Mayor of Moosomin, Larry Tomlinson who was very encouraging and donated $50.

We would also like to thank, Rick, of the Fieldstone campground,  Doris Troberts of Estivan, James of Elkhorn Manitoba and Donna Bugler for their generosity and support.  Oh, and did you notice that? That's right. Manitoba.

Breyden and the Road Crew have now cleared the 3 Western Provinces and are in Manitoba. that calls for some donations. Breyden is so persistent and dedicated to raising money for cancer research. Please donate and help by passing on the work.

Thanks Everyone!!.

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Breyden's uncle Daryl