Cindy Murdie

For the past decade Cindy Murdie has helped raise tens of thousand of dollars towards the local fight against cancer in memory of her son Eric, who passed away from the disease nine years ago.  

Cindy (left) at the 2017 Edward I. Moses Walk/Run for Life

Cindy formed a team to participate in the Edward I. Moses Walk/Run for Life, an annual fundraiser held by the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, a year after Eric’s death. Since it was formed in 2009, Team Eric has raised over $100,000 towards the fight against cancer in St. Lawrence County, and was recognized as one of the first teams to raise over $50,000. The team usually has around 25 to 30 members each year. 

 

"We do the Edward I. Moses Walk/Run mainly because every penny we raise stays in the community," Cindy said.

For the past decade Cindy Murdie has helped raise tens of thousand of dollars towards the local fight against cancer in memory of her son Eric, who passed away from the disease nine years ago.   

Team Eric participates in the Edward I. Moses Walk/Run for Life, an annual fundraiser held by the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund. Cindy formed the team in 2009, a year after Eric's passing. Since then, Team Eric has raised over $100,000 towards the local fight against cancer.  

 

 "We do the Edward I. Moses Walk/Run mainly because every penny we raise stays in the community," Cindy said. 

 

Our son went through it and it's good to be able to help people and keep Eric’s memory alive and make him proud.

But raising money is not all Cindy does to help those affected by cancer in St. Lawrence County. While Cindy and her family received support during Eric's battle with cancer, they weren’t aware of all the local organizations that help those battling cancer. The owner of Cindy's Cake Shop in Canton, she now uses her business as a way to inform others about the resources available to help ease the burdens of a cancer diagnosis.  

 

“The main part is trying to inform. People come to the cake shop all the time and I’m able to help educate them on what’s available in the area,” Cindy said. “I try to advocate, so if people come in and they have breast cancer then I have folders here from the Gouverneur Breast Cancer Fund, or if they are traveling I can try to point them to Ryan’s Wish Foundation, or in the right direction." 

Apart from helping individuals and families in need, Cindy’s efforts to educate those facing a cancer diagnosis fulfills a wish of Eric’s. 

 

 “When Eric was going through it, and he went through it twice, both times the community did a couple different fundraisers for him and helped him out so he didn’t have to worry about expenses,” she said. “When he got better he wanted to do that for people, so we are doing it for him.” 

 

 Cindy also helps promote local fundraisers and jamborees for people with cancer by accepting donations at the cake shop, and donates herself. 

 

 "It's just good to be able to help people," she said. 

Team Eric has raised over $100,000 towards the local fight against cancer.

Cindy understands what families are going through when faced with a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer, and she wants to help.  

 

“Our son went through it and it's good to be able to help people and keep Eric’s memory alive and make him proud,” she said. “If you can apply what people have done for you and help people, they can pass it on to the next person. Until Eric had passed we didn’t know anything about the walk, so it’s good to keep people informed and if their loved one passes they can go on to do something for someone else too.”

Cindy can be reached at the cake shop, which is located at 2738 State Highway 68 in Canton, at (315) 379-1561. You can also stop by the shop and ask for Cindy.