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Mother, cancer survivor, is one tough mudder

Collingwood woman, mom, wife…SURVIVOR, channels her inner warrior
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BEAVER VALLEY - Kristie Haist of Collingwood, diagnosed at 42 with stage 2 breast cancer in August 2017 is slated to run in the Sept. 8 Mudmoiselle event in Beaver Valley. “I thought I was fairly healthy. I exercised regularly, ate lots of greens, took vitamins, no GMO’s, grass feed, organic, PBA free, paraben free and still managed to get cancer. No worries… we got this! Cancer picked the wrong family. A positive attitude is everything. I truly believe it makes the difference in the final outcome,” said Haist.

Kristie’s daily affirmation is “I am too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful and too determined to be defeated.” Kristie’s husband, Warren set up a Facebook page called Good Vibes, Strength and Encouragement where friends and family could keep up to date with her progress and leave messages. “The love, inspiration and support sent everyday was sometimes overwhelming. I am forever grateful!” said Haist. “After surgery, chemo, radiation, the help of a naturopath and believing I could beat cancer, I am cancer free!!”

When asked why she is running as a participant in the Canadian Cancer Society’s 4th Annual Mudmoiselle event Kristie answered, “Because I CAN. I fought hard over the last year and I want to be an example for my children. Mudmoiselle is an empowering, fun day where we as women can band together in the fight against cancer. We’re ready and excited to get dirty and take on the mountain!”

On Sept. 8, Haist will take part in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Mudmoiselle women’s fundraising run, a five-kilometre course dotted with challenges, obstacles and mud. The Beaver Valley version of the event will be held at Talisman Mountain Springs Inn and Golf in Kimberley, with start times ranging between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day.

Kristie will not be running alone with over 440 participants this year taking part in the Beaver Valley Mudmoiselle event. Her team, the 'Wild Warrior Women' is made up of eight amazing, strong women, survivors, and grandmas from all different fitness levels. Their oldest team member is 75 years young and is travelling all the way from Saskatoon to take part in this event. These women mean the world to Kristie.

“One of the ladies on our team, Kelly Blakely, is a fellow survivor who helped guide me through my cancer journey. She felt empowered by a women who had helped her and that feeling of empowerment and the want to help others has led us to a vision we are bringing to fruition in a group called Sunflower Warriors. We’ll be wearing and promoting our logo tanks and t-shirts on race day!”

Mudmoiselle in Beaver Valley:

Date: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 

Location: Talisman Mountain Springs Inn and Golf, 150 Talisman Dr., Kimberley, Ont.
Participant Cost: $75 to register, with a suggested fundraising target of $150.

Registration deadline: Sept. 6, 2018 at noon.