Economical Insurance-sponsored Relay For Life events raise $1.35 million for Canadian Cancer Society

TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society reported today that more than $1.35 million was raised at 10 Relay For Life events sponsored by Economical Insurance.

As a presenting sponsor, Economical Insurance accepted the Relay baton and went the distance by contributing $109,500 to support Relay For Life at nine events in Ontario and one event in Quebec. In June, hundreds of participants at these events raised funds to support lifesaving research and support services for people living with cancer and their families.

"At Economical, how we operate reflects our values and who we are as a company," said Karen Gavan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Economical Insurance. "Many of us have experienced cancer in some way, and for Economical to help fund cancer research is important to us as an employer and insurance provider."

Since 2000, Economical Insurance has been involved in the fight against cancer by supporting Relay For Life and other Society fundraising initiatives in Ontario.

"It's thanks to Economical Insurance and our other valued partners, that we are able to host our Relay For Life events that generate significant funds for our organization," says Susan Drodge, Director of Corporation and Community Partnerships for the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario. "The need for support has never been greater. Driven by an aging and growing population, the number of cancer cases in Canada is expected to increase by 40% within 15 years, which will increase the demand for our research and support programs."

About Relay For Life 
Relay For Life is the Canadian Cancer Society's signature fundraiser walk and a chance for communities to save lives by going the distance. Money raised through Relay For Life funds promising cancer research, community support services and other important work so that fewer Canadians are touched by cancer.

About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives and supporting people living with cancer through research funding, services and advocacy. We are Canada's largest charity fighting all types of cancer and leading authority on cancer statistics and information. To learn more, call 1 888 939-3333 or visit

About Economical Insurance
Founded in 1871, Economical is one of Canada's leading property and casualty insurers, with $2.0 billion in premiums during 2015 and $5.4 billion in assets as at June 30, 2016. Based in Waterloo, this Canadian-owned and operated company services the insurance needs of more than one million customers across the country. Economical conducts business under the following brands: Economical Insurance, Economical, Western General, Economical Select, Perth Insurance, Sonnet, Economical Financial, and Family Insurance Solutions.

SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)

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