Bluewater Canadian Cancer Society year in review

January 11, 2016


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As 2015 has come to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to express a sincere thank you to Brocton and the surrounding area. Over the past year, your community has shown its continued support to the Canadian Cancer Society through generous donations and fundraising efforts.

Through Relay For Life, Heroes for Hope (formally Cops For Cancer), Daffodils, Pigs of Hope, and The Longest Day of Golf, this community raised almost $100,000! These funds help to fulfill the Canadian Cancer Society’s mission of funding life-saving cancer research and helping people in our community with cancer now through our local support services.

The Canadian Cancer Society is not only the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, it makes more impact, against more cancers, in more communities, than any other cancer charity in Canada.

When you consider that $100,000 is the equivalent to funding a Canadian Cancer Society research grant, your generosity will have a significant impact bringing us closer to a day when no one needs to fear this disease.

Because of the support of communities like Walkerton, last year across Grey Bruce, the Canadian Cancer Society was able to provide the following local services:

* Peer Support Service - 34 local people diagnosed with cancer, or their caregivers, were connected to volunteers who’ve had cancer or cared for a loved one with cancer. Bluewater had 7 local Peer Support volunteers helping people across Canada.

* Wheels of Hope - 115 volunteer drivers travelled 749,349 kms to provide 5,907 safe rides to cancer-related appointments for 425 people diagnosed with cancer. Transportation assistance was also provided to 11 families of children with cancer for 156 trips to treatment.

 * Smokers’ Helpline offered support, advice and information to 74 local people about quitting tobacco use.

 * Cancer Information Service provided answers to questions about all types of cancer and many other cancer-related topics to 369 local people through our confidential, toll-free line at 1-888-939-3333.

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Of course, this could not be accomplished without the hard work of our dedicated volunteers who not only fundraise, but also provide many of the local services.

A special mention goes to the students at Sacred Heart High School who walked the track and raised over $38,000 at their Relay For Life.

Also to Joe Rys and his volunteers, who in June held the Longest Day of Golf at Walkerton Golf and Curling Club. This annual event has been running since 1994 and this year the total raised for the fight against cancer was over $57,000.

Elizabeth Braden spearheaded the Daffodil campaign, and with Florence Gutscher, the Pigs Of Hope. Gerri Rapp for organizing Heroes for Hope and of course all of the Wheels of Hope volunteer drivers who transport cancer patients to treatment and back.

To all of you who have supported the Canadian Cancer Society through donations or your time, we thank you and look forward to another great year in 2016.

Geoff Van Geem
Manager, Bluewater Community Office
Canadian Cancer Society

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