84-year-old Verla Fiveash talks cancer prevention, the loss of her son and being a community leader


Verla Fiveash, 84, at Cedar Brook Park, Scarborough for the 36th Annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday Sept. 17, 2017 (Osobe Waberi/ Photo)


by Osobe Waberi, Centennial Journalism

Verla Fiveash, 84, has been a community leader for as long as she can remember. She has been a Scarborough resident since 1969 and has grown quite attached to her tight-knit community. Fiveash has been an organizer and volunteer for over 30 years and this year’s 36th annual Terry Fox Run at Cedar Brook Park was no exception. Fiveash lost her son to colon cancer in February, 2017. He was 57 years old. She tells Centennial Journalism’s Osobe Waberi that she had tried to help him fight it, but was unsuccessful. Listen to the interview here to find out more about Verla Fiveash and her story.