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Illness does not slow down convoy volunteer

EDMONTON, Alta. - The WLTC events across North America are held thanks to the volunteer efforts of numerous individuals.

EDMONTON, Alta. – The WLTC events across North America are held thanks to the volunteer efforts of numerous individuals.

The time and effort of many people are needed to put on an event of such magnitude.

The dedication of volunteers is magnified in the efforts of Alberta resident Monicka White, who despite her own illness ensures the convoy goes off without a hitch every year.

Monicka was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago in April. While running team with her husband, Greg White, Monicka received the news from her doctor, while the pair was in Kentucky.

It was an extremely stressful time, but despite her problems, Monicka continued her work with the WLTC.

“During last year’s convoy, she was right dead in the middle of chemo and radiation,” explained Greg.

“Last year when they were getting set up for the convoy she was put into isolation because her blood count dropped, which made her more susceptible to illness. But she didn’t cancel any of her meetings; she just held them all in her room wearing a mask, after getting special permission from her doctor.”

There were days when Monicka could barely walk or get out of bed, but she continued to do everything needed to keep the WLTC on track, because the Special Olympics are a cause close to her heart.

“She got motivated to get involved from my sister, Deb, who won medals at the Special Olympics when they were in Calgary,” added Greg. “She’s one of those types of women, real strong and a go-getter.”

This year, while on disability, Monicka decided unemployment was not her lifestyle – even though she could have stayed on disability for five years – she went and found a job.

As well as upholding all of her convoy duties, Monicka took a job driving a tour bus to and from a refinery in the Edmonton area.

“She’ll have her last treatment this week, they hope; but they’ll have to keep testing,” said Greg. “She should get a plaque for Woman Trucker of the Year. I’m biased a little bit obviously because she’s my wife, but still.”

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