EVENT DATE: Sep 07, 2013
Donate to my journey and make this Weekend matter!
I am walking 60 kilometers, 30 per day!
A short while ago, my good friend Brenda approached me with the idea that she was going to walk 60 Km this coming September. Now, I am incredibly lazy, but this sounded like a great way to support her and so I decided I would also walk. I will be walking 60 kilometers (!) on September 7th and 8th 2013 in Toronto to raise money for cancer research. This is a two day walk with thousands of participants. I am committed to raising a minimum of $2000.00.
The net proceeds will benefit The Campbell Family institute at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, a leader in this critical cause. I have stepped up my training this month, too, and have been hitting the road early in the morning, before work, after work, taking the eight flights of stairs to my apartment on my way in and out whenever possible. It's not easy, but with the support of friends like you, I know I'll succeed. I'll be keeping all of my donors in mind, and in my heart, as I walk The Weekend on September 7-8, 2013.
Without your generosity, none of this would be possible. Every person I know has in some way been touched by this awful disease, we have lost mothers, sisters, fathers, cousins, and children. My grandmother fought cancer and lost. My father had skin cancer, Brian's father fought and lost his battle with cancer this past summer. My great grandmother fought breast cancer, and won; and went on to live well into her nineties. I know people now fighting, for their lives, I want them to win. I had my own scare last year, I found a lump. I had a mammogram, followed by an ultrasound. Luckily I am perfectly healthy, but it was a scary few weeks, Princess Margaret has a same day fast track - same day testing, diagnosis, and treatment plan. How much easier to know what you are dealing with immediatly - no long waiting periods. We all want to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime please help, do not feel that your donation is too small or does not matter; $5 or $10 will go a long way to helping me reach my goal, and will assist many in need of treatment.We have come so far in our fight against this ugly disease, and yet we can do so much more. We each need to do our part in this fight. I can walk. I can raise funds to benefit The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret Hospital, a leader in the fight against all women's cancers. I can and choose to be a part of this movement to take down womens cancers!
I ask you to take a stance with me and join this lifesaving adventure for all women. Be a part of my very personal journey by giving, by walking with me, or simply by sharing my story with your circle of influence. Please do not stand back and think about what you could have done; take that first step today! Take a chance with me, we have the opportunity to change thousands of lives, beginning with our own.
The walkers, crew, volunteers, supporters and donors of The Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women's Cancers throughout the years are extremely important to breast and gynecologic cancer work at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. All funds raised for The Weekend are advancing Personalized Cancer Medicine in critical areas such as:
$45.5 million to The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research led by Dr. Tak Mak, with 11 Principal Investigators and over 130 staff.
$5.2 million to purchase cutting edge research equipment and support breast cancer research activities in the PMH research expansion at MaRS (Medical and Related Science).
$3 to create The Weekend to End Breast Cancer Chair in Breast Cancer Research, held by Dr. Tak Mak, a world renowned cancer research scientist.
$1.5 million to the Walker Innovation Program, which supports researchers and new ideas that have the potential for advancing scientific knowledge of breast cancer.
$1.3 million to support Dr. Norman Boyd’s research into breast cancer prevention, focusing on the understanding of mammographic density as a risk factor.
$1.8 million to support Mass Spectrometer program.
Funding to support Dr. Pamela Ohashi’s research into T-cell activation and boosting the immune system to fight breast tumours.
$3.9 million toward a comprehensive breast imaging program and the purchase of a breast MRI and digital mammography machine.
$3 million toward a newly revamped and re-designed M. Lau Breast Centre that provides complete care for breast cancer patients.
$2.4 million to support clinical trials for breast cancer patients, and $500,000 for fellowship program.
$2 to support an extensive Tumour Bank, database maintenance and pathology renovations.
$1.3 million to support Dr. David McCready’s rapid diagnosis pilot study, which is now The Gattuso Rapid Diagnostic Centre and supports up to 750 patients a year.
$550,000 to support the clinical trial of intra-operative radiation therapy, led by Dr. David McCready and Dr. Anthony Fyles.
$250,000 toward the design and creation of the new Conway Chemotherapy and Transfusion Centre, the largest centre of its kind in North America.
$400,000 to support the surgical robotics program for gynecological cancer patients.
$160,000 toward the Familial Ovarian Cancer Clinic, which now also provides genetic counseling for breast cancer patients.
$2.2 million for other clinical enhancements and genetics research programs.
$8.9 million for the establishment and continued support of the first in-hospital Survivorship Clinic and Program in Canada. This includes ELLICSR, a 12,000-square-foot innovative research centre, led by Dr. Pamela Catton, and www.caringvoices.ca, an award-winning online community for survivors and their families.
$1 million to provide reconstructive breast surgery for women who have had breast cancer
Make it a Weekend you will never forget.