"If you want something bad enough, find your focal point and go get it."
Mike Duhacek embarked on a walk of approximately 1,000,000 steps across the province of Ontario, from Windsor to Ottawa, in the coldest month of the year, in February 2013. He pulled a 125 pound sled behind him with the word CANCER on it, to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, through a self-created initiative called helpmeburycancer. He planned to take more than 10 steps for each of the 75,700 Canadians that die of cancer each year.
During his walk, he was touched by the many stories people shared along the way. He felt the kindness and generosity of his fellow Canadians, and he raised over $43,000.00 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
This is his story of why he did it, the struggles he encountered along the way, his unwavering love for his family, and one ordinary man’s determination to do his part to help eradicate this disease.
After his walk was complete, Mike was honoured to share his story and raise awareness at various Cancer Society events, schools, and corporate functions.
Mike Duhacek is the creator of helpmeburycancer, an initiative to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. He embarked on a solo walk while pulling a heavy sled across the province of Ontario, Canada, in February 2013. He launched this mission in support of his mother, who was in a battle for her life with a rare form of cancer. He had also recently lost both grandparents to this disease, so the drive to do something about it was inescapable.
Mike is the proud recipient of numerous awards and honours including the Canadian Cancer Society Award of Extraordinary Achievement and Outstanding Support, Halton Regional Police award of Excellence in Community Support, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award (Sovereign's Medal) and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Mike is a loving husband and father who has been a Halton Regional Police employee for over 20 years. He grew up playing hockey in southern Ontario and is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Mike is a true believer that when you have determination and a no-quit attitude, you truly can move mountains.
Lying in bed, most of the night I just stared at the ceiling. I just couldn’t sleep. I had to give up the idea that it was the small bed in the support vehicle that had caused sleepless nights before. The light started to shine behind the curtains. It took me about 20 minutes to sit up and work my way over to the window. I actually crawled across the carpet that morning. I grabbed both sides of the curtains and opened it like tearing off a band aid. I knew I was going to see snow but to this day I don’t remember ever seeing that amount in one snowfall. Cars and trucks completely snowed in and no traffic out on the road. Ed said he was heading down to start clearing off our ride. I had told everyone that I wanted snow on my trek. But a year’s amount in one night? This was going to be a day to remember.
A portion of all proceeds from this book will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Pictures & Videos
Pre-Walk Training Video
Windsor School Support Video
Difficult Hill Climb
Canadian Cancer Society Award of Extraordinary Achievement and Outstanding Support
Halton Regional Police Award of Excellence in Community Support
Recipient of Governor General's Caring Canadian Award (Sovereign's Medal)
Recipient of Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal
Mike's awards of Excellence in Community Support
Mike Duhacek receiving a National Award from The Right Honourable Governor General David Johnston
The Governor General's Caring Canadian Award presented to Mike Duhacek
A letter to Mike from The RT. Hon. Stephen Harper, PC, MP.