Pharmaprix Weekend to End Women's Cancers

Advancing the fight against breast and gynecologic cancers, step by step

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Event Details
Date & Time

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - Sunday, August 23, 2015

Contact

Marie Sandy Etiennette
514-340-8222 ext. 22763
metiennette@jgh.mcgill.ca

Event Description
Fighting women's cancers step by step

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THE PHARMAPRIX WEEKEND TO END WOMEN'S CANCERS ANNOUNCES $2.2 MILLION RAISED AS 11TH ANNUAL WALK COMMENCES IN MONTREAL
Quebec's largest multi-day walk for women's cancers draws 1,100 walkers, crew and volunteers and supports life-saving research, treatment, care and prevention programs for breast and gynaecologic cancers at Jewish General Hospital's Segal Cancer Centre.

MONTREAL, August 22, 2015 - The Pharmaprix Weekend to End Women's Cancers announced 1,100 walkers, crew and volunteers helped raise over $2.2 million for the Jewish General Hospital's Segal Cancer Centre as the 11th annual walk commenced Saturday morning in Montreal. Funds raised through Quebec's largest multi-day walk for women's cancers supports life-saving research, treatment, care and prevention programs for breast and gynaecologic cancers at Jewish General Hospital's Segal Cancer Centre.

“We are proud of the dedication of our walkers, sponsors, volunteers, crew members and donors, whose efforts not only produce amazing results but also inspire patients and healthcare workers alike," said Myer Bick, President and CEO of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation.

"This year in Canada, more than 36,530 women will be diagnosed with a form of breast or gynecologic cancer, and more than 8,415 will die from the disease. The dollars raised through The Weekend allow our exceptional doctors, scientists and researchers to pursue the most promising cancer research programs and treatments for our patients, with the ultimate goal of improving, prolonging and saving more lives here in Quebec," added Bick.

In 11 years, The Montreal Weekend raised over $58 million for the Jewish General Hospital. The annual two-day, 60-kilometre walk through Montreal brings together communities of survivors and their supporters who spend months fundraising and training in order to participate.

“In 2013, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo a double mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery," said Jason Steinmetz, a third year participant from Montreal, Quebec.

“My mom had participated in several Weekend events before her diagnosis, but my brother and I walked in her honour last year as she was recovering from surgery. This year, my mom is celebrating being cancer-free and I cannot wait to cross the finish line with her. My mom is forever my inspiration," Steinmetz added.

During the opening ceremony at Villa Maria High School, Bick addressed The Weekend community to share significant event-related news about the future walks in Montreal.

“We will continue to walk because we must. We are thrilled to announce that next year's event will have a new name, a new look and a broader appeal. Each Walker can raise funds for the cancer type they care about the most," said Bick.

“The Weekend to End Women's Cancers will now become the OneWalk to Conquer Cancer. Funds raised through OneWalk to Conquer Cancer will continue to support the critical cancer initiatives at the Segal Cancer Centre and in addition, when a walker registers, they will select a specific cancer fund their dollars raised will support, such as: Innovation Cancer Fund Personalized Cancer Medicine; Breast & Gynaecologic Cancers; Genitourinary Cancer including Prostate Cancer; Head & Neck Cancers; Lung Cancer; Hematologic Cancers including Leukemia & Lymphoma; Gastrointestinal Cancers; Skin Cancer; Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology Program; Cancer Nutrition & Rehabilitation Program," added Bick.

The OneWalk to Conquer Cancer will involve a 25-kilometre walk through Montreal's picturesque streets and communities and an inspiring festival experience, in one day, to raise funds to support Personalized Cancer Medicine, including life-saving cancer research, treatment, care and prevention programs for all cancers at the Jewish General Hospital's Segal Cancer Centre. The event will take place Saturday, August 20 of next year in Montreal, and additional OneWalk details will be shared with participants and their supporters during the Saturday evening camp at Villa Maria High School.

PICTURES FROM THE 2014 EVENT

Thank you to our 2015 Partners


TITLE PARTNER

Pharmaprix - National Title Partner


OFFICIAL PARTNERS

RoyaleGuzzoReitmans BrownsPharmascienceDavies MBM Villa Maria

Registration for OneWalk to Conquer Cancer in Montreal is available online or by calling (514)-393-9255 (WALK).