THE SHOPPERS DRUG MART® WEEKEND TO END WOMEN'S CANCERSTM RAISES $9.4 MILLION FOR THE PRINCESS MARGARET


4013 PARTICIPANTS FINISH THE TWO-DAY, 60KM WALK TODAY

September 11, 2011 (Toronto): It was announced yesterday that 4013 participants came together with the unified goal of ending all women’s cancers. Participants in the ninth annual Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™ have raised $9.4 million for The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at The Princess Margaret.

Today, two-day participants will finish their 60km walk, greeted by family and friends as they cross the finish line. The Weekend will wrap up around 3:00pm today at Downsview Park with an emotional closing ceremony.

The Weekend is a life changing experience for many, including Jessica Strasberg, who is a fourth year walker and currently battling breast cancer. “This year is very special for me. The past three years I have walked in support of other women who are battling cancer, but now, I am the one battling cancer. This year I am also walking for my family and especially my daughter, so one day she won’t have to face the diseases that touch so many of our mothers, sisters, daughters and wives."

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.

“The community continues to come together and inspire all of us at The Princess Margaret,” says Paul Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. “The dedication from all the walkers, crew, volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors is inspiring. A huge thank you to everyone who made this weekend an enormous success.”

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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