950 Participants Raise $1.8 Million for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

6TH EDITION OF THE SHOPPERS DRUG MART WEEKEND TO END WOMEN'S CANCERS TO FIGHT BREAST AND GYNAECOLOGIC CANCERS

(Ottawa, June 4th): The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation announced today that 950 participants raised a grand total of $1.8 million in the 6th annual Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.

Early this morning, participants gathered for opening ceremonies at Ravens Field outside Carleton University.  As they embarked on the first stretch of their journey, they were cheered on by volunteers and members of the community. They will walk approximately 30 kms today.

Their day will end back at Ravens Field where they’ll camp tonight. The evening wraps up with some live entertainment.  Their 60 km journey ends on Sunday, with the always emotional closing ceremonies beginning at 3:00 pm.

To witness all these dedicated men and women coming together for this important cause is truly inspiring,” said Linda Eagen of the ORCF.  “A big thank you to everyone who helped raise these crucial funds for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.  Together, we are taking important steps to increase cancer survivorship in our community.”

To date, a total of $12.8 million has been raised enabling innovative cancer research, reducing wait times, and generally improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families in Eastern Ontario. Formally known as The Weekend to End Breast Cancer, the event has grown to support research and care for all women’s cancers.  With the continued expansion of the Weekend’s mandate, proceeds now also finance new discoveries to better treat gynaecologic cancers such as ovarian, cervical, uterine, endometrial, and vaginal – and are helping to provide Cancer Survivorship Care that will be offered at Canada’s first centre for cancer survivorship – the Maplesoft Centre.

 

For more information about the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers, please call 613-722-7224 or visit www.endcancer.ca. 

About the Ottawa Regional 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 gynaecologic cancer. Put together, this research is bringing us closer every day to an end to women’s cancers. 

 

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