History of Gary’s Walk

Over the last fifteen years, $149,042.00 has been raised in total for RCH. In August 2014 two gastroscopes were purchased for $46,133.00. The first scope is a general gastroscope that is used every day at RCH, to treat acute bleeding from ulcers or varices arising from liver disease. This equipment allows the physician to diagnose and treat the problem all in one procedure by taking biopsies. The second scope is a nasal-jejunal gastroscope. This is a special piece of equipment that is used for patients who cannot be sedated or have illnesses causing strictures which will not allow the use of normal gastroscopes. With newer gastroscopes, physicians are able to obtain higher HD resolution and diagnose illness with greater accuracy.

The third scope purchased in 2017, is a transnasal scope for $38,121.09. It is a thin scope, less than half the size of the conventional EGD scope. It provides excellent visualization of the throat, esophagus, upper stomach, lower stomach and the duodenum (first part of the small intestine). It assists in detecting esophageal masses that may not be detectable with the use of a regular sized scope.

In 2021, RCH purchased an Olympus ESG300 with the generosity of Gary’s Walk supporters. This system is the latest generation of electrosurgical devices designed exclusively for GI and pulmonary, and includes all of the modes and settings required by physicians performing advanced therapeutic procedures including those that may require argon plasma coagulation (APC). To see images of the machine, please visit the Donation Dollars at Work page.

Timeline

Garyswalk 2024

Another great year! New total of $149,042.00 has been raised. Thank you to everyone who came out in the rain to support and who donated!

Fifteenth Annual Walk
Fifteenth Annual Walk

April 28th 2024 is the fifteenth year we will be walking in Gary’s name to raise funds for awareness and equipment to detect Esophageal Cancer. We have been very lucky to have a new graphics designer helping us out! Thank you Kristen Lilian from Spirit and Spark.

Fourteenth Annual Walk

We visited RCH in August 2022 to see the latest machine that has been purchased and talk with Dr. Atkinson to learn about how it will be used. (pictures on ‘Donation Dollars at Work’ page) AND we are back on for the Walk this year!! On Sunday April 30th 2023…Read More

2021 New Purchase

In 2021, RCH purchased an Olympus ESG300 with the generosity of Gary’s Walk supporters. This system is the latest generation of electrosurgical devices designed exclusively for GI and pulmonary, and includes all of the modes and settings required by physicians performing advanced therapeutic procedures including those that may require argon plasma coagulation (APC).

Thirteenth Annual Walk

For the month of April, 2022 we have decided to do a virtual walk again to accommodate the covid limitations. A virtual walk is a real walk, but on your terms: You get choose your own course, what time you start, and who walks next to you! The walking is real—it’s the community that’s virtual.    We encourage…Read More

Twelfth Annual Walk

For the month of April, 2021 we have decided to do a virtual walk to accommodate the covid limitations. A virtual walk is a real walk, but on your terms: You get choose your own course, what time you start, and who walks next to you! The walking is real—it’s the community that’s virtual.    To inspire you…Read More

Eleventh Annual Walk Canceled due to COVID-19

The eleventh annual walk will take place on April 26th, 2020. $121, 112.00 has been raised up until this point.

“Donation Dollars at Work” Pictures of scopes purchased

Click on the link of the main page to see some pictures of scopes that have been purchased at RCH with Gary’s Walk donations.

Tenth annual walk
Tenth annual walk

The walk was on April 29th 2019. We raised $9,165.00 last year and over $100,00 in total up to this point.

Ninth Annual Walk

April 29th 2018 the Ninth Annual Walk at Minnekhada

2018 New RCH billboard

In 2017 the Smiths did a new photo shoot to update pictures of RCH. The new picture includes Blake and Kaitlyn Vander Helm. In April 2018 one of the pictures was posted on a billboard outside Royal Columbian Hospital.

Gary’swalk added to Instagram

Gary’s walk has been added to Instagram with the help of Cliff Blank. Pictures from the 9th annual walk will be posted

Up until this point over $100,000 has been raised

And three scopes purchased for RCH

Eighth Annual Walk

April 30th 2017 was the Eighth Annual Walk at Minnkhada

Over $90,000 raised and third scope purchased!!

Up until this point over $90,000 was raised and $38,121.09 was put toward the purchase of the a third scope at RCH. It is a thin transnasal scope, less than half that of the conventional EGD scope. It assists in detecting esophageal masses that may not be detectable with us…Read More

Seventh Annual Walk

April 24th the Seventh Annual Walk at Minnekhada

2016 RCH billboard

A billboard advertising the walk has been set up outside the Royal Columbian Hospital.

Article in RCH Foundation Magazine

Article published about the walk in the ‘Health Matter’ RCH foundation Magazine Fall 2015 Edition

Sixth Annual Walk

April 26th 2015 was the Sixth Annual Walk at Minnekhada