The Canadian Cancer Society did not refuse a donation from Exotic Dancers for Cancer of Vancouver



    Confusion reigns about the name of the organization involved.

    MONTREAL, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - In an effort to set the record straight,
neither the Canadian Cancer Society nor any of its Provincial or Territorial
Divisions refused a donation from a group called Exotic Dancers for Cancer of
Vancouver, which recently organized an event to raise funds for the fight
against cancer.
    "Unfortunately, some members of the public and the media have confused
the Breast Cancer Society of Canada with the Canadian Cancer Society," said
Suzanne Dubois, Executive Director of the Quebec Division of the Canadian
Cancer Society.
    "With over 200 charities in Canada with the word cancer in their name, it
is not unusual for donors, the media and the public to confuse the Canadian
Cancer Society with other organizations linked to cancer. We wish to reassure
Quebecers that their donations to our organization are welcome and will be
used judiciously in the fight against cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society has
a national policy on the acceptance of corporate donations and we apply the
same criteria to donations from individuals.
    The confusion about the identity of the organization that refused the
donation led the media to publish news that was incorrect, which led to
numerous phone calls and accusatory letters were sent in error to the Canadian
Cancer Society which now must reiterate its policy on donations.
    "Cancer knows no boundaries and touches many people. We are pleased the
dancers support the cancer cause and we would gratefully accept their gift.
Furthermore, we encourage individuals and groups to creatively raise money
which is essential in the fight against cancer and to community programs."

    Created in 1938, the Canadian Cancer Society has operated as the national
health charity for the fight against cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society has a
mission to eradicate cancer and improve the quality of life of people living
with cancer. To carry out this mission, the Society funds cancer research,
provides support and information to people living with cancer and promotes
healthy lifestyles and prevention. The Society counts on the support of
volunteers and employees, as well as on funds collected from generous donors
from all the regions of Canada.
    To learn more about cancer, please consult our web site at www.cancer.ca
or call our bilingual and free cancer information service at 1 888 939-3333.




For further information:

For further information: Marie-Claude Lafleur, Canadian Cancer Society -
Quebec Division, Director, Communications and Marketing, (514) 255-5151 ext.:
2400, mclafleur@quebec.cancer.ca

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