Archive for May, 2016

The Giant Colon Tour at the the 2016 Balanse Bum Run

The Giant Colon Tour was the main attraction at the the 2016 Balanse Bum Run held in Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto on April 24th. Over 1,000 participants braved the cold weather and walked or ran 5 kilometres to promote colon cancer awareness and raise over $110,000 for various charities. The 40 foot long pink colon was up and running before the participants began to arrive at 7:30 AM. due in large part to CCAC super volunteers Ted Trueman and Jeannette Pane who were there at 5:00 AM to begin the process.

Dr. Ian Bookman and Tanya Pierunek are the driving forces behind this fantastic event and we are thankful for their outstanding efforts to promote colon cancer awareness and help the various charities raise funds for their causes.

We would like to thank all the participants who registered and received pledges on behalf of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. You raised over $20,000 to help us continue our awareness and patient support programs. Great Job!
We look forward to you joining us again next year.

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.”