A Walk for Mom and Gary travels through Stouffville, Uxbridge, Brock.
Ex-hockey pro remembers mother and friend Oct. 14.
Lorraine Barton and Gary Norris were special people. Kind, caring, and community-oriented.
They’ll be remembered during an event that will pass through three central Ontario municipalities during one day this fall.
Brad Barton plans to walk 58 special kilometres in honour of these two people who were instrumental in his life.
You can join him.
On Oct. 14, Barton will hike from Stouffville to Cannington.
The Vancouver Canucks’ draft pick lives in Stouffville. He’ll walk through Uxbridge, where he grew up, and into Brock Township, including Cannington, where he later lived.
A Walk for Mom and Gary remembers his mother, Lorraine, and longtime friend Mr. Norris.
Lorraine Barton passed away in Uxbridge in 2014 following a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Cannington’s Gary Norris, a former Stouffville resident with strong ties to the business and sports community in Uxbridge, died a year ago following a lengthy fight with diabetes.
The walk is a fundraiser for Hearth Place Cancer support centre www.hearthplace.org in memory of Mrs. Barton and the Brock Minor Hockey Association www.brockminorhockey.com in memory of Mr. Norris.
Barton, 45, attempted the same walk last year, falling eight kilometres shy of Cannington.
He’s added additional training this time around. “This year I have decided to go the distance,” he said.
Care to help?
You can make a donation in Mom and/or Gary’s names directly to either charity. Share a short story, picture or message on Facebook, on Brad’s page or the A Walk for Mom and Gary page.
“I learned a lot on my journey last year,” Barton said. “I am looking for volunteers to help make this work. Anyone that would like to join me for a stretch or even the whole thing is welcomed by me. Especially the last stretch from Sunderland to Cannington.”
Barton will leave Stouffville just before sunrise. He plans to arrive around sunset in Cannington.
Nothing will stop him this time.
Brad Barton, 45, played professional hockey for seven seasons following an outstanding career with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.
He coached junior hockey in Uxbridge, Stouffville, Lindsay, Pickering and Blind River.
This season, he’s a colour commentator on WhiStle 102.9 FM broadcasts of Stouffville Spirit Jr. A games.
Donations can be made directly at wwwhearthpace.org and www.brockminorhockey.com or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org