Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation to benefit from a two-day, 60 km walk.
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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Kim Gradek
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OTTAWA (June 5, 2010)

  • The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation announced today that 1000 participants have raised $2.1 million in the fifth annual Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.
  • This year, donating to the Weekend just got easier: just text the word “Step” to 45678 and a 5$ donation will be made to the Ottawa Weekend and charged to you mobile service provider!
  • After an uplifting opening ceremony at Carleton University, participants embarked on a scenic walk though the streets of Ottawa and Gatineau. Their day’s journey will end once they reach “Tent City” and gather back at Carleton University for evening activities and a night of camping under the stars.
  • Walkers will complete the two-day 60km walk on Sunday, where a memorable closing ceremony will mark the end of this incredible weekend. Friends and family are invited to greet the walkers and cheer them on as they cross the finish line.
  • To celebrate the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer’s fifth year, the event has broadened its mission to fight all women’s cancers.
  • To date, a total of $ 11 million has been raised to finance critical research, treatment and care for breast and gynecological cancers throughout Eastern Ontario.
  • The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers benefiting Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is already planned for June 4-5, 2011. For more information, or to get involved, please call (613)722-7224 or visit www.endcancer.ca.
  • The Cancer Foundation gratefully acknowledges the event sponsors for their commitment to the cause: Shoppers Drug Mart, CTV, Majic 100, Royale and Oasis.
  • "We are very excited by the opportunity that the Weekend provides to expand our ovarian cancer research program.We currently have several avenues of research - one project focuses onearly detection by studying the stem cells in the ovary and how they can lead toovarian cancer. We are also testingseveralnew experimentaltreatments, some of which are showing much promise and we hope to provide the evidence needed to move them into clinical trials for women with ovarian cancer."  Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden, Corinne Boyer Chair in Ovarian Cancer Research. Professor, Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa.
  • “As a 5 year walker, I am inspired by the thousands who have the determination and continue to fight all women’s cancers by going the distance and bringing in the critical dollars that make such a profound difference in the struggle against these insidious diseases. Each participant is a leader and hero. I am proud to be amongst them. Together, we will cure one, cure all!”  Linda Eagen, President and CEO of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
  • “This year, I’m dedicating my 60 km walk to my sister Sylvie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2009. We both know first hand how inflicting this disease is: our mother lost her battle to breast cancer at a very young age, and fortunately I survived breast cancer twice. I walk for myself, for my sister, for my daughters and for my grandchildren. I hope they will never have to hear the words “you have cancer”. Too many women are still touched by the disease and this event shows that it is possible to make a difference!”  Suzanne Keeler, Weekend walker

About the Cancer Foundation
The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers benefits the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. The Cancer Foundation is committed to increasing cancer survivorship in Eastern Ontario and is the only local charitable organization dedicated exclusively to raising funds for cancer care in our community. Working to fill the gaps in services for cancer patients, the Cancer Foundation has partnered with local hospitals and organizations to ensure residents have the best possible care close to their homes, shorter wait times, improved quality of life and access to the latest new therapies. Locally, researchers are investigating better ways to treat breast cancer, including targeted treatments that minimize the negative side effects while still effectively combating a patient’s cancer. The Cancer Foundation and its partners are learning more about how to predict and prevent breast cancer and gynecological cancer. Put together, this research is bringing us closer every day to an end to women’s cancers.


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