North America's largest multi-day walk for women's cancers draws 3,100
participants and funds Personalized Cancer Medicine at the Princess
Margaret Cancer Centre
TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End
Women's Cancers announced 3,100 walkers helped raise over $7.7 million for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre as the 12th annual walk commenced Saturday morning in Toronto. Funds raised
through North America's largest multi-day walk for women's cancers
support Personalized Cancer Medicine at the Princess Margaret Cancer
Centre, one of the top five cancer research centres in the world.
"The overwhelming passion and support from walkers, sponsors, donors and
the hundreds of crew and volunteers is simply remarkable and we are
extremely grateful to everyone whose helped us make our 12th annual Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers a tremendous
success," said Paul Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret
"This year in Canada, over 34,500 women will be diagnosed with a form of
breast or gynecologic cancer, and over 8,000 will die from the
disease. These vital funds are enabling our teams of researchers and
doctors to lead the revolution in Personalized Cancer Medicine. This
enables our world-leading doctors and scientists to detect cancers
earlier, diagnose cancer with more precision, target treatment for each
patient while providing additional support for patients and their
families throughout their cancer journey," Alofs added.
In 12 years, The Toronto Weekend raised over $148 million for the
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The annual two-day, 60 km walk
through Toronto brings together communities of survivors and their
supporters who spend months fundraising and training in order to
"I was 36-years-old with a toddler when I was diagnosed with cervical
cancer, and have sadly lost my sister, uncle and aunt to cancer," said
Suzy Garibaldi, a first-year participant from Bradford, Ontario.
"I'm not walking 60 km this weekend for myself, but to honour my late
sister, who left behind a young family, and my other relatives to keep
their legacies alive. I am proud to participate and support The
Princess Margaret's mission to conquer cancer in our lifetime. I just
don't want anyone else to lose any more loved ones," Garibaldi added.
In 2010, Shoppers Drug Mart became the national title sponsor of The
Weekend to End Women's Cancers, and since then, more than 2,300
Shoppers employees, their friends and families have raised over $2.6
million across Canada. Shoppers Drug Mart's sponsorship enables more
dollars raised by Weekend participants to directly support cancer
programs at The Princess Margaret.
"The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers is just one way
that we are able to promote and improve the health of Canadian women,"
said Domenic Pilla, President and CEO of Shoppers Drug Mart
"We've been caring for the health and well-being of Canadians for more
than 50 years and that focus extends beyond our associate-owned stores
to the communities we serve," Pilla added.
During the opening ceremony at Rogers Centre, Alofs addressed The
Weekend community to share significant event-related news about the
future walks in Toronto.
"We are thrilled to continue to walk next year with a new name and
broader appeal so that each of our Walkers will be able to raise funds
for the cancer type they care about the most," Alofs said.
"The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers will now become
the Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk To Conquer Cancer. Funds raised through
OneWalk To Conquer Cancer will continue to support the clinical
enhancements, survivorship programs and research of Dr. Tak Mak and his
team at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and in addition, when a
walker registers, they will select a specific cancer fund their dollars
raised will support, such as: Discovery Research Fund; Breast;
Gynecology (Uterine, Cervical & Ovarian); Lung, Colon, Rectal and
Gastrointestinal, Endocrine; Prostate, Testicular, Bladder and
Genitourinary; Head and Neck; Brain, Central Nervous System, Eye;
Leukemia, Lymphoma, Endocrine; Sarcoma; Skin Cancer, Melanoma;
Childhood Cancers," Alofs added.
Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk To Conquer Cancer will involve a 25 km walk
through picturesque streets and communities in Toronto and an inspiring
festival experience, in one day, to raise funds for Personalized Cancer
Medicine at The Princess Margaret. The event will take place Saturday
September 12th of next year in Toronto, and additional OneWalk details are expected to
be shared to participants and their supporters during the Saturday
evening camp at Rogers Centre. Registration for Shoppers Drug Mart
OneWalk To Conquer Cancer in Toronto is available online at www.onewalk.ca or by calling (416) 815-WALK (9255).
On Sunday, Weekend Walkers will finish their 60 km journey at Roundhouse
Park, next to Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto.
Event organizers expect hundreds of people to attend public cheering
stations along the route.
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SOURCE: The Weekend To End Women's Cancers
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