Canadian Cancer Society to highlight the critical role of caregivers in supporting the public health system in Canada

    OTTAWA, May 4 /CNW/ - According to a recent poll by the Canadian Cancer
Society, more than 50 per cent of Canadians are concerned about the financial
impact of caring for a sick family member. The Society will host a luncheon to
emphasize to parliamentarians that caregivers are growing in number, that they
are mostly women, and that they are vulnerable financially because of their
care giving role.
    Media are invited to a briefing following the luncheon. The Society will
highlight its efforts to support caregivers, including:

    -   The economic value of caregivers

    -   Compassionate Care Benefit

    -   Canadian Caregiver Strategy.

        What:  Briefing on the critical role of Canadian caregivers

        Where: Parliament Hill, West Block, Room 200

        When:  Thursday, May 7, 2009
               1:30 - 2 p.m. EDT

        Who:   -  Raymonde Folco, MP Laval-Les Iles,
                  Chair, Canadian Association of Parliamentarians
                  on Population and Development
               -  Neena Chappell, Canada Research Chair in Social
                  Gerontology ; President, Canadian Association on
               -  Jimm Simon, Chair, Canadian Cancer Society
               -  Nadine Henningsen, President, Canadian Caregiver Coalition
               -  Allison Williams, Associate Professor, School of Geography
                  and Geology, McMaster University

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of
the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more
about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual
Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For further information:

For further information: Aurélie Walsh, Senior Consultant, Blueprint
Public Relations, Tel: (613) 237-7400 x23, Cell: (613) 797-4259,; Kelly Goulet-Lewis, Consultant Blueprint Public
Relations, (613) 237-7400 x22, Cell: (613) 769-3411,

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