4013 PARTICIPANTS RAISE $9.4 MILLION FOR THE PRINCESS MARGARET


WALKERS EMBARK ON THEIR 30 KM OR 60KM JOURNEY IN THE NINTH ANNUAL SHOPPERS DRUG MART® WEEKEND TO END WOMEN'S CANCERSTM

September 10, 2011 (Toronto): Today, The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation announced that 4013 participants raised $9.4 million in the 9th annual Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™. After an emotional opening ceremony at Downsview Park, participants began their one-day, 30 km walk, or two-day, 60km journey.

A staggering one in seven Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer in her lifetime. The Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™ is fighting to end all women’s cancers, including breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical, and vulvar cancers. 

“The Weekend continues to allow The Princess Margaret to make great strides in our mission to conquer cancer in our lifetime,” said Paul Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. “A huge thank you to all walkers, crew, volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors. Everyone involved in this Weekend is a true hero.”

 

To date, The Weekend has raised over $121 million, enabling The Princess Margaret to support research programs and clinical trials, seed-fund the breast cancer rapid diagnosis pilot which is now The Gattuso Rapid Diagnostic Centre, expand the surgical robotics program for gynecological patients, purchase breast MRI and digital mammography machines and continue to support the first in-hospital Survivorship Clinic and Program in Canada.

“We’ve made a great deal of progress in the last ten years, but we need to keep moving forward,” said Dr. Benjamin Neel, Research Director at The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at The Princess Margaret. “The continued support of The Weekend community allows us to procure new leading edge diagnostic equipment and enables scientists to make continued progress in clinical trials and research advancements.”

Later today, one-day walkers will complete their 30 km walk. Two-day walkers will arrive at Downsview Park to camp overnight. Once at camp, all participants will enjoy an evening of activities and special entertainment. Tomorrow, two-day walkers will embark on the second half of their journey and finish back at Downsview Park for a memorable closing ceremony.

The Princess Margaret gratefully acknowledges the event sponsors for their commitment to this cause: Shoppers Drug Mart, CIBC, Royale, Pareto, The Pickle Barrel, Johnson & Johnson, Suzy Shier, Trade Secrets, Coca-Cola, GlaxoSmithKline, LUNA, I Love Rewards, Steam Whistle, Colio Estate Wines, Advanced Tent Rental, CP24, 104.5 CHUM-FM, AM740 and The New Classical 96.3FM.

The tenth annual Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™ is scheduled for September 8-9, 2012.  For more information or to get involved in 2012, please call (416) 815- WALK (9255) or visit www.endcancer.ca

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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 Institute for Breast Cancer Research.  More information about The Foundation can be found at www.pmhf.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 Institute for Breast Cancer Research, 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, Toronto Western Hospital and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. All are research hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto. More information about UHN can be found at www.uhn.ca.

About The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret

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 www.campbellfamilyinstitute.ca

 

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