5th annual Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer establishes two Guinness World Records! Dawn-to-dusk event raises $2.2 million for cancer research

TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2015 /CNW/ - On Saturday, September 26, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation held its fifth annual Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event in Toronto, and in the process, established two Guinness World Records.   

The Guinness World Records set were most participants in a one-day fundraising road hockey event (1,333) and most funds raised by a one-day fundraising road hockey event ($2.2 million and counting. Guinness will continue to monitor while funds continue to roll in). Tavia Levy from the New York Guinness World Records office was on hand to observe the Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event, confirm the numbers and present awards for the two extraordinary feats.

"There is something uniquely Canadian about playing road hockey on a perfect September day," said Paul Alofs, President & CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. "We thank all of the players, their donors, the volunteers and our sponsors for helping us achieve these Guinness World Records, and for making our fifth Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event so amazing. The funds raised will help The Princess Margaret, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, continue to lead the way in Personalized Cancer Medicine research."

Shawn Burt, the Chief Hockey Officer at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, proudly stated, "Having the extraordinary support of 1,333 fundraisers on 141 teams was a true game-changer for Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, and we thank all of the participants for taking part in this World Record event. Everyone's support was so important, and will help cancer patients in Toronto, across Canada and around the world."

He added, "It was a record-setting day in every conceivable way."

About Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer
Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer is a dawn-to-dusk fundraising event for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, this year taking place on Saturday, September 26 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Through five years, more than $11.4 million has been raised for Personalized Cancer Medicine research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

About Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has achieved an international reputation as a global leader in the fight against cancer and delivering Personalized Cancer Medicine. The Princess Margaret, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, is a member of the University Health Network, which also includes Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. All are research hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto. www.theprincessmargaret.ca

About The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network is raising funds to lead the way in Personalized Cancer Medicine at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research. www.thepmcf.ca

SOURCE Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

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For further information: Kevin Shea, Director, Public Relations, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Kevin.shea@thepmcf.ca, 416-946-2898

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