A convoy of 28 trucks took part in Friday's Load for Toad.
When the friends and co-workers of Atikokan's Todd Zacharias heard
the 30-year trucking veteran had been diagnosed with cancer, they knew
they couldn't stand by and do nothing.
So they organized the Load for Toad, and fundraising and support
event for Zacharias and his family, bringing together hundreds of
Atikokan residents and truckers on Friday.
"In 15 years of driving truck, that was my proudest day," said Blake
Goodwin, an Atikokan truck driver and one of the Load for Toad
"We just wanted to show our friend, our trucker, our brother, just
some support," he said. "And that he has support. There's a trucker's
code that you don't leave anybody behind, and we felt that he needed a
little bit of our help and a little bit of love, and it turned out."
Goodwin has known Zacharias for about 25 years.
"All he wants to do is go to work and support his family, and that's
what he did until he couldn't," Goodwin said. "He's one of the strongest
guys I know."
"He's the guy that sort of picks everybody up when you're down."
Todd Zacharias and his co-workers at the Load for Toad event in Atikokan on Friday. (Devan Morden/Facebook)
At the Load for Toad, hundreds of Atikokan residents came together
for a barbecue and auction, and made donations in support of Zacharias
and his family.
There was also a truck convoy — it included truckers from as far away
as Saskatchewan and Thunder Bay — with some truckers donating the money
they made from an entire load to the cause, Goodwin said.
"It was wonderful," Goodwin said. "I can't explain it; there's no words for it."
"It was a community, and a community of truck drivers, that came together and made this happen."
A GoFundMe campaign has also been set up for Zacharias.
Goodwin said all money raised will go to support Zacharias and his family.
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