MARKHAM, ON, Nov. 12, 2018 /CNW/ - On November 11, the 29th CIBC Celebration of Hope held at the Hilton Toronto/ Markham Suites brought together over 800 guests to enjoy a day of laughter and hope. Over the past decade, this luncheon has raised over $2.3 million to support those impacted by cancer at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH).
"The CIBC Celebration of Hope is that unique combination of inspiration, entertainment, camaraderie and retail therapy," said Erin Davis, Canadian radio icon and emcee for the 25th year. "I return because I get such strength from the women and men who attend. It's an honour to be a part of something this storied and significant."
This year's theme, Even Santa loves pink, was a holiday-inspired pink affair. All funds raised will go to support The Shakir Rehmatullah Cancer Clinic at MSH – responding to the growing demand for cancer treatment close to home. MSH has been experiencing a 12 per cent annual increase in new oncology consults within recent years, currently treating upwards of 50 chemotherapy patients daily.
"The biggest feedback I get from patients is how efficient our cancer clinic is and what they like most is that they feel like a patient not a number," said Dr. Crystal Pallister, MSH general and oncological surgeon. "It's a busy clinic, but that doesn't stop the incredible multidisciplinary team from providing truly personalized care to each patient."
"The team was so understanding, supportive and very hopeful," said Tanya Porter, a grateful MSH patient who publicly shared her journey. "I always felt like I had a warrior standing by my side."
The event attracted Canadian celebrities including CTV's Lloyd Robertson and 98.1 CHFI's Mike Cooper whose late wife, Deborah, was remembered along with others who lost their battle to cancer.
Jessica Holmes – Canadian comedian, author and actress who has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey left guests laughing and cheering from her hysterical performance.
"This past spring, I was lucky enough to meet some of the MSH staff and was in awe of how much they care. They really are making strides in so many ways. I'm so glad to participate in another truly inspirational MSH event," said Holmes. "I'm not just saying that because they laughed at my jokes."
CIBC returned for the seventh year as the Title Sponsor. The afternoon was capped off with the Raffle of Hope draw; John Guerrera of Richmond Hill won the grand prize, a 2019 Jetta generously donated by Town+Country Volkswagen.
Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation exists to enable the growth of Markham Stouffville Hospital by raising funds and awareness for its ongoing priorities and needs. Donations from the community fund life-saving medical equipment that helps to ensure the delivery of first-class healthcare at MSH.
SOURCE Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation
For further information: Melanie Anderson, MSH Foundation at [email protected] | 905-472-7373 ext. 6705