JBT Transport would like to congratulate our driver, Lynda Robertson, on her recent fundraising and awareness work for breast cancer research. Lynda participated in Trucking for a Cure’s truck convoy for her 3rd time. She drove in the recent convoy in Prescott, Ontario and she will get geared up for her 4th convoy in Woodstock on Saturday, October 4th.
Lynda started driving trucks to prove to someone who doubted her. She wanted them to know that women can do anything they put their minds too. That was 35 years ago, and since then she’s been excelling at driving everything from construction equipment, dump trucks, Mack trucks, to the latest truck models. It is women like Lynda who are changing attitudes and helping women establish themselves in the trucking industry.
Lynda’s interest in breast cancer volunteer work and fundraising is a personal one. She is a 2 time cancer survivor who has also lost members of her family to the disease.
About the Trucking for a Cure Organization
Trucking for a Cure is a breast cancer charity and support group that consists of individuals and organizations in the transportation industry.
Trucking for a Cure runs truck convoys to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Their mission is to “build bridges between commercial drivers, the industry, the public at large, and hope to unite trucking enthusiasts behind such a meaningful cause.”
We’re proud to have Lynda take part in this great cause.
Facts about Breast Cancer in Canada
Breast cancer continues to be the most common type of cancer in women over age 20
1 in 4 cancer diagnoses are breast cancer
Breast cancer deaths have decreased by 42% since the peak in 1986; this is due to improved treatments and more advancing screening
1 in 9 Canadian women are expected to develop breast cancer in their lifetime
An estimated 200 men in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer
Men are less likely to survive breast cancer due to misdiagnosis, fewer treatment options, and due to the fact that most men are diagnosed in more advanced stages
* Canadian Cancer Society Statistics; 2013.
Lynda was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989 at the age of 33. Her treatment options were limited, chemotherapy triggered Lynda’s bone disease so she underwent radiation treatment.
Lynda has some advice for women facing breast cancer—Get all the information you can. Doctors neglected to inform Lynda that due to her radiation treatment she was ineligible for reconstruction surgery.
One way to get more information is to join breast cancer support groups and talk to others in your situation. Attend support groups run by the Canadian Cancer Society or get information and support from online communities like Willow.
Lynda will participate in her 4th Trucking for a Cure convoy next month. The team at JBT Transport wishes her all the best at the event.