Participants Raise $13 Million in 60km Walk For Breast Cancer

The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret benefits from millions raised by participants in two-day walk


(Toronto, September 6, 2008) - Today, The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret announced that 4,757 participants raised over $13 million in its annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer event. This multi-day event is the largest single-event breast cancer fundraiser in Toronto. The seventh annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer in Toronto is already planned for September 11-13 2009. “Everyone who walks ‘becomes’ something or someone different after experiencing The Weekend to End Breast Cancer,” said Paul Alofs, president and CEO of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. “You become part of a group which has done a courageous thing. You become an advocate for breast cancer research, treatment and survivorship. You become more than a participant in a fundraising event; you become someone who steps up and steps forward instead of stepping back and stepping away. As my dear late Mom would remind us, ‘Becoming is Superior to Being.’”

After a moving Opening Ceremonies at Princes’ Gate, participants embark on the first 30 kilometers of their walk. Tonight, they camp at Downsview Park, as they rest up for the final 30 kilometers on Sunday, taking them through more of Toronto’s scenic neighborhoods. Their weekend journey ends tomorrow with inspiring Closing Ceremonies at Halls A and B at Exhibition Place at 4:30pm. Family, friends, and supporters are invited to greet and cheer on the walkers as they make their way to the finish.

“The Weekend to End Breast Cancer is our major fundraiser for breast cancer research at The Princess Margaret Hospital,” said Dr. Benjamin Neel, Research Director at The Princess Margaret. “The last ten years have seen much progress in our understanding of breast cancer progress that has begun to translate into the clinic. For the first time, breast cancer death rates are actually falling. But there is still much to do, and support will help scientists at one of the world's top five cancer centres make further progress against this major killer of our mothers, wives, daughters and friends.”

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The Princess Margaret has achieved a stellar reputation as a global leader in the fight against cancer and will continue to do so with the crucial funds raised from The Weekend to End Breast Cancer Event.

For more information about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, please contact 416.815.WALK (9255), or sign up online at www.endcancer.ca. Visit Opening Ceremonies, Camp or Closing Ceremonies and register on-site for 2009!


About The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital
The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital brings together an elite team of cancer researchers, scientists, clinicians and staff dedicated to the ultimate goal of conquering cancer by leveraging basic, translational and clinical research into dramatic cancer breakthroughs. For more information, go to http://www.campbellfamilyinstitute.ca/.

About Princess Margaret Hospital
Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute, have achieved an international reputation as one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world. Princess Margaret Hospital is a member of University Health Network which also includes Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. All three are research hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto and more information about UHN can be found at http://www.uhn.ca/.

About The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute. More information about the Foundation can be found at http://www.pmhf.ca/.


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For more information, please contact:
Christiana Mellway, Communications Coordinator
cmellway@endcancer.ca 416.577.WALK (9255)

 


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