Cancer survivors, caregivers and volunteers deliver a message of cancer prevention to MPPs

    Canadian Cancer Society's Celebration at Queen's Park to include
    Survivors' Victory Lap and candle-lit remembrance ceremony

    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - Hundreds of people from across the province will
join together at the Legislature today for the Canadian Cancer Society's
first-ever Celebration at Queen's Park to mark the start of Cancer Prevention
Week (October 6 -12). The event, which runs from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., will bring
together elected representatives, cancer survivors, caregivers and volunteers
to celebrate advances in and future commitments to cancer prevention. The
event will be hosted by three-time Olympic medalist Adam van Koeverden.
    "For many years, the Canadian Cancer Society has advocated for healthy
public policies on behalf of all Ontarians and people living with cancer,"
says Peter Goodhand, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division). "At
least half of cancers can be prevented through healthy living and effective
government policies. The Canadian Cancer Society is dedicated to working with
the Ontario government by advocating for these policies and supporting
programs that will reduce future cancer burden."
    Celebration at Queen's Park will begin with cancer survivors leading the
way in the Survivors' Victory Lap around a temporary track in celebration of
their courage and strength. To celebrate cancer prevention successes,
participants, outfitted in colourful scarves, will take turns walking around
the track for the duration of the event. During a special Cancer Prevention
Commitment Lap, MPPs will walk with their constituents to demonstrate their
commitment and courage in the fight against cancer.
    Participants, MPPs and members of the media will then be invited to
inscribe a luminary (candles placed in special bags) with the name of a cancer
survivor or someone who has lost their battle with cancer. At dusk, hundreds
of luminaries will be lit during a poignant ceremony of remembrance.
    In the last few years, there has been much to celebrate on the cancer
prevention front with the establishment of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and the
colorectal cancer screening program ColonCancerCheck, along with the passage
of bans on smoking in vehicles with children present and the ban on the sale
and use of cosmetic pesticides.
    "We are pleased to see the implementation of these important initiatives
but the cancer fight continues and there is still more to be done. Today's
event will demonstrate to the government that there are a great number of
people who support a continued commitment to cancer prevention," says
    Celebration at Queen's Park shares elements of the Society's signature
fundraiser event Relay For Life but with a focus on advocacy and awareness.
    "At Celebration at Queen's Park, cancer survivors and volunteers from
across the province bring the power and the passion of Relay For Life to the
Legislature, telling their own cancer stories around how the disease has
impacted their lives," says Goodhand.

    About the Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is the eradication 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.

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For further information: or to book an interview opportunity, please
contact: Jamie Jo Alton, (416) 848-1370; Amanda Miehm, (416) 586-1906

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