The Jewish General Hospital's Segal Cancer Centre to benefit from two-day, 60 km walk

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Montreal, QC (August 22, 2009)

  • The Jewish General Hospital announced today that 2195 participants have raised $5.7 million in the landmark fifth annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer.
  • After Opening Ceremony at the Uniprix Stadium, participants embarked on a scenic walk though the streets of Montreal. Their day's journey will end once they have completed the first half of their two-day, 60-kilometre trek and reached "Tent City" at Queen of Angels Academy in Dorval, where they camp tonight.
  • Walkers will head back to the Uniprix Stadium on Sunday. Friends and family are invited to greet the walkers and cheer them on as they cross the finish line.
  • To celebrate the Weekend to End Breast Cancer's fifth year, the event has expanded its mandate to include all women's cancers.
  • Over the past five years, a total of $30 million has been raised, enabling numerous advances in cancer research and care. While funds continue to support innovative research, treatments and prevention programs for breast cancer at the Segal Cancer Centre, proceeds now also finance new discoveries to better treat gynecologic cancers such as ovarian, uterine, cervical, and vulvar cancers.
  • In 2010, as a reflection of its new mandate, the event is changing its name to the Weekend to End Women's Cancers benefiting Jewish General Hospital. The 2010 edition will also feature a one-day walk alongside the regular, two-day 60-kilometre blockbuster event.
  • The Weekend to End Women's Cancers benefiting Jewish General Hospital is scheduled for August 21-22, 2010. For more information, or to get involved, please call (514) 393-WALK (9255) or visit www.endcancer.ca.
  • The Jewish General Hospital gratefully acknowledges the event sponsors for their commitment to the cause: TVA, CTV, The Q 92.5, Rythme 105.7, Hydro Québec, Reitmans, Sports Experts, Jean Coutu, HD Supply/Litemor, Dole Sparklers, Lipton Sparkling Green Tea, Sunchips, and Yellowtail wine.
QUOTES on The Weekend to End Breast Cancer 2009:
  • It's incredible how the Weekend to End Breast Cancer continues to positively affect Montreal and surrounding areas. Funds raised via this event have enabled the JGH to recruit international experts and continue to lead in cancer research through the discovery of new targets and therapies, and novel models of care and recovery. (Dr. Gerald Batist, Director Segal Cancer Centre, Jewish General Hospital)
  • As a 5 year walker I am inspired by the thousands who have the determination to do the walk and bring in the critical dollars that make such a profound difference in the struggle against this insidious disease. Each participant is a leader and hero. I am proud to be amongst them. (Myer Bick, President and CEO, Jewish General Hospital Foundation, and Weekend walker)
  • Walking 60 kilometres in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer has been one of the best experiences of my life, and definitely one of the most worthwhile! As a breast cancer survivor, I wanted to give back to the medical community which cared for me and ensured my well-being during the most difficult time of my life. I'm very grateful for the support I received. I will walk again to ensure that future generations never have to hear the words. "You have cancer." I am proof that the Weekend to End Breast Cancer helps save lives. (Miranda Monti-Bonaccio, Weekend walker and breast cancer survivor)
  • Months of planning have gone into this event to guarantee an unforgettable weekend for all participants. Various pit stops are set up along the route where walkers can rest, stretch, hydrate and grab a snack. I am extremely grateful to the many volunteers and crew members who are the backbone of this event providing a wide range of services including medical care, route safety, gear transport and camp set-up. It's an amazing experience and I am thankful to all who continue to make this event an enormous success, year after year! I encourage everyone to join me next year and register today at www.endcancer.ca. (Alexis Gaiptman, Director of Special Events, Jewish General Hospital Foundation, and Weekend walker)
  • All those taking part in this event are true heroes, because they are helping us achieve our goal of ending women's cancers. Special thanks to our walkers, volunteers, sponsors, donors and the entire community for their unwavering support! (Rick Dubrovsky, Chair, Board of Directors, Jewish General Hospital Foundation)
QUOTES on the new, more impactful "Weekend to End Women's Cancers" that replaces the Weekend to End Breast Cancer:
  • Across Canada this year, an estimated 8,200 new cases of gynecologic cancers will be diagnosed. These numbers are far too prevalent and they speak to a real need for us to expand and broaden the focus of the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. Thus, we are proud to announce that beginning in 2010, the event will be renamed The Weekend to End Women's Cancers. The Weekend has one simple goal: step by step, we aim to fight all women's cancers (Dr. Walter Gotlieb, Director, Gynecologic Oncology, Segal Cancer Centre, Jewish General Hospital)
  • Over the past four years, The Weekend to End Breast Cancer has been incredibly successful, making possible critical contributions to research and patient care. By broadening its scope to fight all women's cancers, we can have an even bigger impact and affect more lives. Moving forward, funds raised will be directed toward breast cancer and gynecologic cancers. We believe that giving our participants the choice to designate whether the money they raise goes to breast cancer research, treatment and care, or to gynecologic cancers is a way of empowering them. (Lynne McVey, Director, Nursing, Co-Director Segal Cancer Centre, Jewish General Hospital)
  • Another improvement for 2010: participants will now have the option of participating in a one-day walk, if they are unable to take part in the full, two-day journey. We want to allow more people to experience this life-changing event, knowing that they, too, have done their part to end women's cancers. (Dr. Hartley Stern, Executive Director, Jewish General Hospital)
The Segal Cancer Centre is a Quebec leader in implementing a focused and comprehensive approach to fighting cancer through medical treatment, patient care, family support and scientific research. A wide array of interrelated services are grouped in close proximity to one another, including screening and prevention, nutrition and rehabilitation, psychosocial support, symptom management, and public information. This integrated approach is considered by leading international medical experts to be one of the most effective and promising strategies in battling cancer.

Now in its landmark 75th year of providing Care for All, the Jewish General Hospital has been a mainstay of superior medical treatment for many generations of patients from all backgrounds in Montreal, throughout Quebec and beyond. Drawing on its expertise and experience as one of the province's largest and busiest acute-care hospitals, the JGH is committed to improving the level of care for all Quebecers through close collaboration with the government and its healthcare network. In this anniversary year, the Jewish General Hospital has also redoubled its commitment to ensuring that patients receive care of the highest quality in a clean, safe environment. The JGH has been able to deliver these pioneering and innovative services by strengthening its role as a McGill University teaching hospital, expanding and upgrading its facilities, and pursuing cutting-edge studies at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. For more, please visit jgh.ca.




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