Events

BUM RUN FUN-DRAISING FOR A GOOD CAUSE

unnamed (1) On Sunday April 30th at 7:30 AM, at Queen’s Park Circle in Toronto, Balanse Bum Run will host its 6th annual fundraising event to benefit colorectal cancer associations across Canada (including the CCAC) in support of their fight against Canada’s second leading cancer killer.
Bums of all ages and fitness levels are invited to partake as part of a team or fly solo by lacing up to walk/run to raise awareness and education of colorectal cancer. Little Bums can register for a shorter 1 km walk/run starting at 7:40am. The Little Bums race is a free event for children under 12 years of age.

If you live in the area, please join us! There will be food, prizes, music, press, CCAC’s ever-growing popular 40-foot long by 8-foot high, pink inflatable walk-through Giant Colon, and so much more!

“BUM RUN is an awesome event. My family and I have been participating for the past 2 years and we plan to participate again this year to raise funds for the wonderful CCAC and to spread the word that colorectal cancer is preventable through screening. I don’t want anyone to go through what I went through when I was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer. So spread the word: BUM RUN is back! Sunday, April 30th.” Marie Taurasi who is a stage III rectal cancer survivor

As the CCAC will be one of 6 charities to benefit from the proceeds raised at the event we are calling on you to assist in one of two ways:

1. Participate in the event by walking/running: You can register for the event, set up your very own fundraising page furnished by “Running Room” and then have donations pour in! Simply click here to register:

OR…

2. Support the cause by donating to one of our team members fundraising page. Here is the link to her fundraising page:

All proceeds will go to the CCAC’s patient support and educational programs. Tax receipts will be instantly generated and online donations are secure.

BUM RUN HISTORY

The Bum Run is a not for profit organization founded by Dr. Ian Bookman, a gastroenterologist in Toronto, with the goal of raising awareness about colorectal cancer screening to prevent the 95% of cancer deaths which still needlessly occur.

Its mission is to increase awareness of the commonality of colorectal cancer today and to increase participation in screening programs to prevent colorectal cancer. In doing so, each year the event selects a list of charities to support in their fundraising initiatives. The charities have been selected based on their performance record in saving lives through promoting easy access to screening and proposal of use of the funds raised.

REAL MEN, REAL BEARDS, REAL CHANGE!

REAL MEN, REAL BEARDS, REAL CHANGE!

This December thousands of men around the world banned together under one mission: to lay down their razors to grow out their best beard. No, they weren’t just slacking off on shaving for a month – instead their goal was to raise awareness and funds for the fight against colorectal cancer by participating in Decembeard. The result, a tapestry of beards ranging from peach fuzz to the kind you’d find on a stereotype lumberjack. AND $7,090 raised for the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.

This was the CCAC’s third year participating in Decembeard and both REAL MEN and REAL WOMEN were encouraged to participate by getting sponsors to support their beard growth – for women by faking, making, or painting a beard.

Colorectal cancer is the second biggest cancer killer for men and women combined in Canada, and yet it is 90% preventable and curable if caught in its early stages. In 2014, 1 in 13 men and 1 in 16 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. This amounts to approximately 24,400 (about 13,500 men and 10,800 women) new cases of colorectal cancer each year. That’s why awareness is so important.

The funds we raised with all those who participated and our sponsor; Big City Beards, (for every sale they made during December they donated $1 to the CCAC and advocated for the campaign) will continue to help and support people with colorectal cancer and their families, and raise awareness of the disease, its symptoms, the need for early diagnosis and promote screening in Canada.

beard“Decembeard is a great charity for the lazy man! What can be easier than stopping to shave for a month!? Aside from the constant reminders from my wife to stop twisting/scratching/combing my patchy beard it is an easy way for me to raise awareness for a disease that has affected my family immensely.

When people see me with my patchy beard they often ask what’s going on and it is a great way to start the conversation about colorectal cancer and how easily it can be prevented. I look forward to many more years of not shaving in December!” Robert Stein

About Big City Beards

Health is our main priority and we believe in strengthening our bodies, skin and hair with only the best natural and organic products available, and that’s why we brought it upon ourselves to create the healthiest, most nurturing beard care product line on the market!

We believe in challenging the industry norms by handcrafting (USDA organic certified, International Organic Certified, Vegan Certified, Kosher Certified) products that will be extremely beneficial for all of our bearded friends. They will soothe the beards of our users, with natural ingredients that have been used for hundreds of years by our forefathers, stretched across the globe. These organic and effective treatments are going to keep your skin nourished and moisturized, leaving you with the softest, healthiest beard one could ever ask for.

Together we can conquer cancer!

Together we can conquer cancer!

February 4th is World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is an annual global event taking place every year on 4 February that unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. Its goal is to save millions of preventable deaths each year.

On this day and throughout the month of February, the month of love, hundreds of cities and organizations around the world link together as one under the sole purpose of raising awareness and education about the disease and pressing governments to take action.

The theme for Cancer Day this year until 2018 is “We Can, I Can,” highlighting how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.
Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).

World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds.
We encourage you to visit the World Cancer Day website and check out the local events in your area.

#WorldCancerDay #WeCanICan

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Cancer Conversations that Matter

Cancer Conversations that Matter, a Canadian Cancer Action Network (CCAN) initiative funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, took place at the Berkeley Field House in Toronto on Saturday, November 19, 2016.

The Canadian Cancer Action Network (CCAN) invited cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, patient groups and concerned citizens, to add their voice to an important national conversation to help further inform cancer care dialogue and cancer patient outcomes in Canada.

Frank Pitman, responsible for patient support at the CCAC, participated in this day long event. Frank is also a colorectal cancer survivor and was a caregiver for his younger sister who died of colorectal cancer when she was just 44 years old.

Cancer Conversations that Matter is a unique café style event that brought together Canadians with a cancer story, lived experience or interest in sharing their perspectives in order to offer input into Canada’s cancer strategy This one day event focused on exploring and discussing three current issues in cancer control:

Canada’s aging population: Drawing on the lived experiences of patients and family caregivers to help highlight the unique needs and unaddressed challenges experienced by Canada’s aging population.

Screening: Addressing the problems of access to screening for low income families, and identifying what can be done to improve cancer screening rates for Canadians facing financial and other barriers.

Cancer data: Exploring key emerging issues in the collection and use of cancer data in Canada; how cancer data is used to navigate or improve the cancer journey and how cancer data may be applied to advocacy practices to improve outcomes.

Launch of the Get Personal Campaign on World Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Day

Launch of the Get Personal Campaign on World Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Day

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Today is World Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Day. A day dedicated to raise awareness of the most advanced form of colorectal cancer, known as metastatic colorectal cancer; this is when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver or lungs.

Each year there are 1.4 million new cases and 694,000 deaths from colorectal cancer. Many of these deaths are caused because the disease is detected too late. Approximately 20% of people across Europe and the US are diagnosed when the cancer has spread and even more go on to develop metastatic colorectal cancer after having been diagnosed at an earlier stage. Regardless of where you live in the world, people diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer have no more than a 1 in 10 chance of surviving more than five years.

However, with timely access to effective treatment and high quality care, people with metastatic disease can see their survival chances and their quality of life dramatically improve. But for too many patients, access to treatment is dependent on whether they have adequate insurance or if their public health system has approved specific treatments, rather than what their doctors and healthcare providers believe would benefit them most.

To coincide with this important day, Bowel Cancer UK, Bowel Cancer Australia, Colon Cancer Alliance (US), Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, and Fondation A.R.CA.D. (France), have come together to launch the global Get Personal Campaign to make real change happen for people with advanced colorectal cancer.

Get Personal aims to increase survival rates, improve quality of life and reduce variation in access to best treatment and care for people living with metastatic colorectal cancer around the world.

We are committed to:

• Eliminating variation between and within countries so that everyone, irrespective of where they live, has access to the best treatment and care.
• Putting metastatic colorectal cancer firmly on the agenda of governments, health care providers and key decision-makers.
• Campaigning for further research to address gaps in knowledge and support the development of new, innovative and effective treatments.
• Raising awareness among patients, clinicians and policy-makers of the full range of tests and treatments to be made available.

By campaigning together and learning from each other, we know we can make a difference. Colorectal cancer does not recognise borders, and neither do we
For more information on the campaign and to find out how to take part visit the Get Personal website www.getpersonal.global.

Bracco/EZEM Canada BBQ

It was a festive atmosphere on July 15th at Bracco / EZEM Canada where employees launched their summer vacation with the company’s annual BBQ. In addition to thanking their employees for their accomplishments, Bracco / EZEM Canada took the opportunity to raise awareness of colorectal cancer screening. As a manufacturer of barium products and accessories dedicated to medical imaging of the gastrointestinal tract, employees were able to learn more about the use and importance of their products in these tests. Moreover, this day raised donations for the cause and a $ 1,000 cheque was handed over to the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. Bravo!

Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s annual summer concert at the Olympic Park has become a tradition. Led my maestro Kent Nagano, it always attracts a crowd of music lovers. This year on August 10th, the MSO put together a concert to celebrate the Olympic Park’s 40th anniversary. A truly musical celebration to mark an important event and pay tribute to the athletes who competed here in 1976!

In coloboration with the Montréal East Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Center, the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada had the opportunity to greet the concert goers and inform them about colorectal cancer screening.

“Andrew’s Walk”

“Andrew’s Walk”

About Me:

Andrew I was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer in 2011 at the age of 29. Over the past 5 years, I have been through radiation therapy, countless cycles of chemotherapy and several surgeries on my colon, liver and lungs. In addition to traditional treatment, I have embraced a healthy lifestyle and am so happy to be doing well.

I have a wonderful wife and we were blessed with the arrival of our beautiful son in January of this year. I am very thankful for the on-going support of our family and friends, and the amazing team of health care professionals who have helped me to get here.

About “Andrew’s Walk to Support Cancer Patients”:

After my diagnosis, I wanted to help raise money to fight the disease and support cancer patients. We raised $26,382 over 5 years with the help of our family and friends!

“Andrew’s Walk to Support Cancer Patients” was officially launched in 2014. Each year, we select a different organization or endeavour to support. This year, we are pleased to be raising money for the support groups run by the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC).

Why we are raising money for the CCAC:

My wife found the CCAC 6 months after my diagnosis. This organization has made a huge difference in my battle against colorectal cancer. I have attended the monthly Oakville support group meetings on many occasions over the past 5 years. These meetings, led by Filomena Servidio-Italiano, provide me with the knowledge, resources and confidence to ask the right questions, make informed decisions and better manage the treatment of my disease. The CCAC provides a positive and supportive environment where colorectal patients come together to gather information and share their unique experience in this journey. Filomena is always there to listen and provide guidance, and to advocate on behalf of colorectal cancer patients.

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I am proud to be having “Andrew’s Walk to Support Cancer Patients” on September 17th, 2016 with all of the money raised going to help the support groups at CCAC. I know first hand what a difference they can make in this battle against colorectal cancer.

To make a donation click here

Sophie’s Run at Lakeridge

Kirsten Burgomaster, Clinical Director of the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre (DRCC) and Lesley Bovie from Communications at Lakeridge Health, welcomed Nicole Chuchmach and and Natalie Atkinson in the main lobby of the hospital on April 20th, 2016.

Great things happen every day at the cancer centre. April 20th was certainly no exception as they welcomed Sophie’s Run for a quick rest stop. Nicole and her running mate Natalie are running from Humber College to Ottawa this spring to raise awareness and funds for the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. Nicole lost her mother Sophie to the disease in 2006. Here she is ringing the gong in our radiation treatment area in her memory, and meeting the amazing Henry Westerhof who is undergoing treatment now at our centre. We thank Nicole and Natalie for visiting the cancer centre and we wish them well on the rest of their adventure.

About Sophie’s Run

Sophie’s Run II is an event to promote and educate students about colorectal cancer. It was launched by Nicole Chuchman, a professor of Hospitality and Tourism at Humber, who started running to cope with the grief if her mother’s death from colorectal cancer.

This is not the first time Nicole has run for the cause. Her original run was back in 2008. This year, she took off from Humber North campus to Ottawa on April 14, 2016.

“It’s raising more awareness which is what this disease needs because my mom passed away because she ignored her symptoms,” said Chuchman. “So the more education we can get out of it, the better.”

CCAC Upcoming Event – 2nd Annual Bum Run

CCAC Upcoming Event – 2nd Annual Bum Run

logo On Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) will be once again taking part in its second annual BUM RUN, a 5 km walk/run event to raise awareness of colorectal cancer – which is the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada. BUM RUN was founded by Dr. Ian Bookman, a gastroenterologist in Toronto who shares the CCAC’s passion of raising awareness of colorectal cancer screening. This event is intended for all ages and fitness levels, so it’s a great opportunity to plan a family day or a group of friends, while raising much needed funds for the CCAC.

This is the second year that the CCAC will be participating in the event and benefiting from the proceeds raised at the event. Hence, we truly need everyone’s help to make this a significant fundraising initiative for us in the Toronto area. The funds raised will hopefully go towards our patient support programs in Canada and will go a long way in helping to support patients and caregivers. Our support programs are critically important to patients and caregivers and I must say, to me as well, and it is my fervent desire to continue to provide these programs to those afflicted with this insidious disease. But we need everyone’s support to be able to do so by participating in events such as BUM RUN.

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This run is for Marie Taurasi:
She’s behind the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada!

“This is not an “old person’s disease.” If you are having any types of symptoms – go and have yourself checked. This is what saved me – a colonoscopy.” said Marie Taurasi

Marie was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer on January 19, 2015. She had a temporary ileostomy put in on February 6, 2015, and is now undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Marie is grateful for the help and support of the Colorectal Association of Canada for educating and guiding her through this journey.

How to participate in BUM RUN – Two ways:

1. Participate in BUM RUN by actually walking or running on April 24th. Please register for the event by following some simple instructions that appear below. Event facilitators have made the registration process so easy this year. After registering, you can then contact everyone you know to urge them to pledge a donation on your personal fundraising page. When you contact people to pledge in your name, the easiest way is to provide them with the link to your personal homepage. It is important that they select the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada when they are asked to select the charity to donate to. By way of example, below is the link to my personal homepage to give you an idea of how you might want to set up your own homepage:

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=3229824&langPref=en-CA

2. OR, if you are not able to walk or run in the actual event because you live in Montreal, perhaps you can support me by pledging to my fundraising page. Any amount is truly appreciated! Just click on the link above and it will take you directly to my fundraising page where a donation can be made. This is another way in which you can be a part of BUM RUN!
This will be a highly visible event, starting at Queen’s Park Circle. The event is organized with the cooperation of the City of Toronto, local City Councilors and the Sergeant of Arms of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. I will be there and it is my sincere hope that everyone I know will be there too supporting this huge cause on the 24th of April. Should you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me for I am happy to help. This is truly a wonderful event that promises to garner much attention and more importantly will promote awareness and education of a disease that robs too many families of their loved ones. The funds raised will allow us to continue to do the good work we do on a daily basis. So let’s get registered shall we, secure those pledges and show up on the 24th of April to do our part for those who can’t!

How to Register as a Participant for BUM RUN 2016

1. Go to: http://bumrun.com/ and press the blue REGISTER tab in the top right hand corner
2. Register by clicking on “SIGN UP” in the left hand column
3. On the next page, press the blue “CREATE NEW ACCOUNT” button or you can also register using your Facebook account with the “Log in with Facebook” button on the right.
4. You then select the event/city you are registering for (there is only one choice “Toronto, ON”). You then select “Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada” from the list of charities.
5. Read the waiver then check off “I accept the waiver”
6. The next page asks whether you want to register as an individual, join a team or create a team. Most of you will probably register as an individual, however, forming a team can be an opportunity to participate with friends and family.
7. You then continue to provide your contact information and credit card information.
8. You will then be prompted to create your fundraising page. We urge you to personalize your page as much as possible.

***When you contact people to pledge in your name, the easiest way is to provide them with the link to your personal homepage. You can also send e-mails directly from your fundraising page and they will automatically be given the link to donate.