Britt’s Bevy formed to honour local reporter in cancer battle
The organizer of Britt’s Bevy in the CIBC Run for the Cure used an appearance at the North Bay Police Services Board Tuesday to thank the North Bay Police Association for “getting the ball rolling.”
Britt’s Bevy was the team of walkers and runners honouring CTV News reporter Britt Bortolon in her fight with breast cancer.
She received the diagnosis shortly before the Oct. 5 run.
Clarke Heipel said the first text he got was from North Bay Police Association president Aaron Northrup “asking ‘what can we do?’”
The association made a donation of $500. The team has so far raised almost $5,000 “with money still coming in,” Heipel said.
“This is a tremendous community effort.”
Heipel said Bortolon, who has been in North Bay for just over a year, “should be here covering these events” but has had to “put her life on hold” during her battle with cancer.
Altogether, the CIBC Run for the Cure raised about $40,000 this year for cancer research.
“I think people form a relationship with public figures. They see her on TV and they formed a personal connection with her.”
Northrup said he saw the fundraising campaign and decided the association should help.
“I’ve known her since she’s been here and she’s a great kid,” Northrup said of the 26-year-old reporter.
He said the association has a charity account to assist with various causes, and this one struck a chord with him and the members.
“She’s well known in the community,” he said. “This is a great thing we could do.”