Media Advisory/Invitation - Press conference at Queen's Park launching "Vote for Access" cancer campaign to make Ontario's lack of access to cancer drugs an election issue

    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Today at 10:30 am, Canada's Association for the
50 Plus (CARP) will join forces with the Ontario Citizens Cancer Coalition
(OCCC) and other supporters at a press conference to launch Vote for Access, a
grass-roots campaign demanding that Ontario politicians commit to providing
better access to newer intravenous cancer drugs and positron emission
tomography (PET) scans in the upcoming election.
    Ontario currently ranks as one of the worst provinces in the country in
terms of providing funding for access to newer intravenous cancer drugs and
PET scans.
    The press conference will take place outside Queen's Park and will
highlight the two simple demands being made, and how, through grass-roots
initiatives, Vote for Access will be made an election issue.
    Press conference speakers include addresses from CARP, the OCCC, and
other supporters of the campaign, including cancer patients and survivors who
will recount their experiences with the Ontario cancer care system.

    What:     Press conference to launch "Cancer? Vote for Access" campaign

    Who:      Holly Vengroff, director of external relations, CARP

              Antonia Codispoti, co-founder, OCCC

              Hilda Mackow, co-founder, OCCC

              David Cravit, senior vice president, The 50Plus Group

              Cancer patients will speak about their experiences

    Where:    Queen's Park, front lawn

    When:     Tuesday, September 18, 2007 from 10:30 am to 11:00 am

    The press conference will be followed by a question period, after which
speakers will be available for individual media interviews.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Mansfield Communications Inc.,
Tel: (416) 599-0024, Susana Hsu (, cell: (416) 837-7318), or
Pereina Choudhury (, cell: (416) 605-4421)

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