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Raise money to help beat Colorectal Cancer with Decembeard !


It’s time ! Men across the country are downing their razors today as they grow beards for a month to help us beat colorectal cancer.

It’s not too late to get signed up and join the manly ranks growing a beard this Decembeard.

By choosing to grow a beard you’re helping to raise awareness and vital funds to help The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada carry on our work supporting Colorectal cancer patients and their families.

Can’t grow a beard ? Draw one on ! Get creative and encourage your family, friends and work mates to get involved or maybe help our someone who is by checking out the best beards leaderboard.


2014 CCAC Annual Gala

November 12, 2014

Clear your schedule the night of November 12, 2014! You are cordially invited to join the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) for a fantastic evening full of live art, comedy and great company. This year the CCAC will be hosting the 5th installment of their annual Gala.

We appreciate your future and past generosity and we look forward to seeing you at this innovative and avant-garde evening of spectacular entertainment. We hope to

see you at the Arsenal for the 2014 LIVE ART GALA!

Oakville Half Marathon

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The 2014 Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon, 10K, Whole Foods Market 2K Fun Run/Walk and the 10K Student Relay will all be taking place on Sunday, September 21st.

Location: Coronation Park 1426 Lakeshore Rd. West Oakville, Ontario (just east of Third Line)

Start Time: 10K & 10K Student Relay - 7:30 AM Nutrience Half Marathon - 7:45 AM Whole Foods Market 2K - 7:50 AM Fun Run/Walk

If you are an Oakville or surrounding area resident PLEASE HELP SUPPORT THE CCAC by registering for this amazing event! Simply click the link below and select The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada / Association canadienne du cancer colorectal as your sponsored charity.


For more information contact Cathy at:


Sortez! Bougez! / Get Out There & Move!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Did you know that regular exercise is one of the best ways to prevent colon cancer and many other diseases?

Well, on May 24th, the CCAC is giving you the chance to get out and get moving for a fun filled day to achieve a healthier lifestyle at the McGill Athletics Center.

The event is intended to encourage all Montrealers to ’Get Out There’ and be active to promote physical activity as a means of reducing the risk of colon cancer and other chronic diseases.

Men, women of all ages are invited to participate and are encouraged to bring their entire families.

Three ways to enjoy this event:

1. Professional trainers will be leading classes and activities: Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, Bicycling, Kickboxing, Essentrics, Hiking and more!

2. Walk-a-thon (using the McGill track)

3. Jog-a-thon (using the McGill track)

The Dairy Farmers of Canada will be on site handing out information about gastrointestinal health. And CCAC educators will be available to provide more information on colorectal cancer and its prevention.

The registration fee is only $25. If you are thinking about participating, we encourage you to create a personal webpage and get sponsored by friends and family to further support the CCAC.

For more information, please contact Elyse at

Holt Renfrew VIP Shopping Night

TBD - postponed

Join us for an evening of shopping, fun and fundraising! 10% of all sales from the evening will be donated to the CCAC. The first 50 people to spend over $200 will receive a free $25 Holt Renfrew gift card.


Anal Cancer Awareness Day

Friday, March 21, 2014

Anal cancer is a type of cancer which arises from the anus, the distal orifice of the gastrointestinal tract. It is a distinct entity from the more common colorectal cancer, but is also a difficult issue to discuss for many people. The CCAC in cooperation with A Bum Rap, an Ottawa based support group for anal cancer patients and their families, brings you information on anal cancer on the CCAC website.

Check it out!

Sing Your Butt Off for Colorectal Cancer

Friday, March 7, 2014

The event will be taking place on March 7th from 7pm – 10pm in Yorkton at the Revera –Retirement Living Home.  The main goal is to raise funds and awareness since March is national colorectal cancer awareness month. This event will include a raffle. Lorna Scott (our volunteer) will be the guest speaker at this event discussing colorectal cancer, prevention etc.

If you live in the area, please join us.

National Dress In Blue Day!

Friday, March 7, 2014

National Dress in Blue Day, is a day dedicated to promoting awareness for colorectal cancer, Canada’s second leading cause of cancer deaths.

Participating in Dress in Blue Day will support the CCAC’s many efforts to spread knowledge of a disease that has taken far too many lives, simply because too few people are willing to talk about it. We know that awareness can spark discussion and subsequently steps towards getting screened.

Taking part in Dress in Blue Day is easy! To do so, wear blue on Friday March 7th and encourage your family, school or workplace to do the same. If March 7th does not work for you, feel free to hold your Dress in Blue Day on any day in March that does!

Although there is no cost to participate in this event, we encourage everyone to donate whatever they can as even a few dollars can make a big difference. Please note that donations over $10.00 will receive a charitable receipt.

Why do we dress in blue and not in another color?

Blue is the official color of colorectal cancer awareness and the color of the colorectal cancer ribbon and bracelet.

Where does the money go?

The proceeds raised from National Dress in Blue will benefit the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada’s many awareness, education, support and advocacy initiatives.

Awareness & Education: The CCAC carries out a wide variety of awareness and education events throughout the year to increase the profile of colorectal cancer in Canada and educate the public.

Support: As a patient-based organization, we understand the needs of those diagnosed with colorectal cancer and their families. Compassion, knowledge and understanding are offered through support groups across the country, connecting patients, survivors, and caregivers.

Advocacy: The CCAC works to inform key decision-makers of the two biggest concerns for colorectal cancer prevention and care in Canada: nation-wide screening and patient access to effective medical treatments.

To make a donation or to register your event please click here


World Cancer Day 2014

World Cancer Day 2014 (4 February 2014) will build on the success of last year’s campaign, by again focusing on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer, under the tagline “Debunk the myths”.

World Cancer Day is a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease. From a global level, we are focusing our messaging on the four myths above. In addition to being in-line with our global advocacy goals, these overarching myths leave a lot of flexibility for members, partners and supporters to adapt and expand on for their own needs.

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Learn From Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Learn From Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.

Join us at our upcoming fundraising event on January 23, 2014 in Ottawa.

Science on Tap - Quench your interest

November 20, 2013


When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 12 Noon to 1.30 PM Where: Edge Water Cafe & Grill, Kahnawake, QC J0L 1B0

Please RSVP: Candida Rice (450) 638-3930 Extension 324 or via email:

Colorectal cancer screening can identify and remove polyps and early-stage colorectal cancers. Several factors have been linked to colorectal cancer including age, obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, and consumption of red and processed meat. Regular screening can prevent colorectal cancer.

Come and join our scientific and medical experts for an open and informal discussion to learn more about colorectal cancer screening and the latest research findings.

This is your chance to ask questions - don’t miss it!


Dr. Maida Sewitch (moderator) PhD, Associate Professor Department of Medicine McGill University

Dr. Alan Barkun MD, MSc, Gastroenterologist McGill University Health Center Department of Medicine McGill University

Ms. Candida Rice BScN, CSLT Community Health Nurse Cancer Support Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre

Refreshments will be provided This free activity is hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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‘50 SHADES OF BLUE’ - First Annual Fundraising Dinner Dance

Friday November 8th, 2013

Elena Iacobelli, only 49, was given the news that she had stage 4 colon cancer in November 2011. The late cancer discovery meant the illness had spread from her colon to her liver and lungs. Her war began – the first round of chemotherapy treatment brought her close to death. Intensive rounds of chemotherapy continue today - one day of therapy every two weeks. It has been a challenging couple years though it hasn’t stopped her one bit. In 2012 she single handedly raised over $15,000 for the Terry Fox Run and in 2013, much weaker now, is fighting to raise funds again and spread awareness of Colorectal Cancer.

“Most of us are touched by cancer, either personally or through a loved one, but to get the news that you have cancer — it’s so scary. But just because you have cancer, that doesn’t mean you stop moving forward. So, I will keep knocking on doors, getting out there and getting involved” - Elena Iacobelli

She is truly an inspiration to all and her enthusiasm and determination to help out those who have been affected by cancer is truly a beautiful thing for someone who has been through so much. Her family and friends are proud of her and want to help her make a change.

Elena has started the “Elena Let’s Conquer Cancer Foundation” to raise funds for various organizations that have been assisting patients that are battling cancer. On Friday November 8th, 2013 we will be hosting our First Annual Fundraising Dinner Dance ‘50 SHADES OF BLUE’ at the Riviera Parque in Vaughan. We are currently seeking assistance from our local community in the form of cash or product donations in support of this event. Please help us make a difference and spread awareness! Don’t be the next victim of this life- threatening illness!! Net proceeds raised during this event will be donated to the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) is dedicated to increasing awareness of colorectal cancer, supporting patients, and advocating for population-based screening and timely access to effective treatments!

Please make cheques payable to “Elena Let’s Conquer Cancer Foundation” If you would like to join us at this family friendly dinner dance or assist with donations, please email us at for more information.

In 2012, an estimated 23,300 Canadians were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and approximately 9,200 did not survive. Overall, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men and women combined. On average, 64 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 25 Canadians will die of colorectal cancer every day.

We want to sincerely thank you on behalf of Elena for assisting in our fundraising efforts and are grateful that people like you make a difference in the fight for Cancer!

Please call Angie D’Agostini at 416-708-2235 for inquiries.

Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) is thrilled to be a part of the 2013 Montreal Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge (April 18th), the Mississauga Marathon Scotiabank Charity Challenge (May 3rd- 5th), the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax (May 17th-19th), the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon (May 26th), the Toronto Waterfront Marathon (October 20th) and the Vancouver Marathon & 5k (June 23rd)!

If you live in one of these cities PLEASE HELP SUPPORT THE CCAC by registering for this amazing event! Please click the link below and select The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada / Association canadienne du cancer colorectal as your sponsored charity.

For Toronto visit:

For Montreal visit

For Mississauga visit:

For Halifax visit

For Calgary visit

For Vancouver visit:


Vancouver Scotia bank Half-Marathon & 5K

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada is excited to be a part of the SCOTIABANK HALF-MARATHON & 5K on June 23rd!

We are looking for participants to walk or run on our behalf! If you are interested please email us at Thanks in advance for your support!

Monte Carlo Casino & Fashion Gala

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Immerse yourself in a world of gambling, fashion and glamour at our Monte-Carlo-themed gala.

Upon your arrival at Le Windsor Ballroom you will be whisked away into a dream. Our valet servicemen and beautiful hostesses will greet you and treat you like the royalty that you are.

Enjoy posing in the limelight for our paparazzi, devouring our gourmet bites, feasting your eyes on the beautifully sculpted SHAN swimsuit models and trying your luck at our high-roller tables.

Bid on awe-inspiring prizes during our live and silent auctions and come away furnished with Montreal’s finest fashion, art, gifts and accessories.

Finally, surround yourself amidst Montreal’s most distinguished as you enjoy the dazzling fashion show by SHAN featuring jewellery by ANZIE.

When: Nov. 5th, 2013 @ 6pm
Where: Le Windsor, Montreal, QC


Single entry tickets include:

  • Entry to casino
  • $100 of casino play chips
  • Entry to the fashion show
  • Open bar
  • Musical entertainment
  • Cocktail-Dînatoire
  • Luxury Gift Bag
  • Purchase ticket(s) online


Buying tickets in groups of ten saves you $50 a ticket & provides you with the opportunity to put your family name or company logo in the sponsorship section of the gala program book.

Purchase tickets online now!

Sixth Annual Colorectal Cancer Charity Golf Tournament

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The sixth annual charity golf tournament in support of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (‘CCAC’) is once again in ‘full swing’. Last year’s event was our greatest success to-date raising $200,000 ($165,000 net) for the CCAC. This golf tournament has grown to be the CCAC’s largest annual fundraising event and accounts for approximately 10% of our annual budget.

For the 2013 event, we are pleased to announce that 100% of the net proceeds from this tournament will be spent on CCAC initiatives in Alberta with an approximate breakdown as shown in the table below. Note that the CCAC expects to spend more than $200,000 in Alberta in its 2013/14 fiscal year.

Dedicated CCAC supporters Paul Moynihan, Steve Hunter and Craig Langpap continue to work hard with the team of Stewart Creek to make this tournament the best that our sponsors and guests participate by trying to ‘raise the bar’ in all aspects of the event every year. But the best part of the day is spending time together in support of the CCAC in the majestic Alberta Rocky Mountains.

We look forward to you joining us on Wednesday, September 18and thank you once again for your kind and generous support.

Here is a breakdown of where the money raised will go:

Game rules:

Two Person Best Ball (each player plays their own ball)

Maximum 96 Players Cost: $600 per Player ⁽¹⁾


Registration 9:15am
Shot Gun Start 10:00am
Putting Contest 2:15pm
Stand-up buffet 2:45pm
Prizes Presentation 3:45pm

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to sign up as individual player or team please contact:

Louise Donohoe via email at or call her at 403-514-2300.

⁽¹⁾ Includes an Ogio Bag, all food & beverages and fabulous prizes

Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The 2013 Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon, 10K, Whole Foods Market 2K Fun Run/Walk and the 10K Student Relay will all be taking place on Sunday, September 22nd.

All races will start and finish at Coronation Park (1426 Lakeshore Road West) and run along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario! Be sure to also stop by the Runner’s Expo which is free and open to the public.

One of the Oakville Half Marathon charity partners is the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada and this is a great event to raise money for our cause!

Race Start Time

7:45 AM

Race Start/Finish Location

The Nutrience Half Marathon will start on Lakeshore Road West, just outside Coronation Park, Oakville. The park is located at 1426 Lakeshore Road West (just East of Third Line). The finish line will be within the park.

To register, volunteer or pledge click here.



Saturday, September 7, 2013

Boehm’s Physiotherapy Clinic is proud to announce the 9th Annual Run for your Life this September 7, 2013. There is an option to run or walk 5 K and run 10 K. Youth under 17 will have the option to participate in a 2 K fun run.

100% of pledges will go to Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.

The race will be held at Kinsmen Slo-Pitch Facility in Martensville, Saskatchewan and will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Race day check in will begin at 10:00 a.m. if you are not registered, and no later than 10:30 if you have registered.

For more information, please visit:

Rollin’ for Colon

July 19 - 21, 2013

The 2nd Annual Rollin’ for Colon event will take place July 19, 20, 21, 2013 in Yarmouth, N.S. This event is the first of its kind in Canada because it is a motorcycle & motor coach tour bus event. Everyone and anyone can participate, not only motorcyclists. So what are you waiting for? Sign-up today!

Please join us for the Rollin’ For Colon 2013!

Our mission is to roll over the challenges faced with the fight against cancer. To raise funds to support awareness for colon cancer.

Event Details

The registration fee of $25 per person per motorcycle or walk-ins includes the Friday night meet and greet and seafood chowder, roll and tea or coffee. Saturday participants will be treated to a full home cooked meal, dessert, tea or coffee and the awarding of prizes.

You do not have to ride a motorcycle to participate in “Rollin’ for Colon.” This is not only a motorcycle event; it is an every person event.

The cost of the tour bus is $75 per seat (seating capacity 58) and all events are included in the cost. A limited number of seats have been sponsored and will be given free of charge to – cancer survivors (any form of cancer), seniors who cannot afford the $75 cost, veterans and their spouses, and low income people or people who are dependent on social assistance. We are compiling a list and we will choose from that list. Unfortunately, we will not be able to give everyone a seat, but we will do our best to ensure that those with the most need will be able to participate. Sales of the seats are also open to the general public.

We encourage people to participate, as colorectal cancer is very serious and if caught early, the outcome will be considerably greater than if ignored. Getting screened will increase your chances of beating this disease.

The Pledge sheet

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The Ride

Nova Scotia has some of the most ideal riding conditions in Canada. Come and join us for a scenic tour around the South Shore of Nova Scotia. You will not be disappointed.

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The Route

Beginning in beautiful Yarmouth at 9am, we will take the scenic route to Liverpool before journeying across the province to the Annapolis Valley and back to our start destination. The ride will take approximately 7 hours which will include stops along the way. You will not be disappointed.


National Cancer Survivors Day

Thursday, June 2, 2013

From family members to close friends, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. On Sunday, June 2, 2013, thousands of people around the world will gather to observe the 26th annual National Cancer Survivors Day. Hundreds of communities across the U.S. and abroad will hold celebrations on this day to honor cancer survivors and show that there is life after a cancer diagnosis – and it’s worth celebrating.

What will you do to honor the event? We would love to hear from you about your survivor story. Please email


Stike Out Colon Cancer! 2nd Annual Softball Game in Memory of Steve Lisiak

Lisa Blobstein was just 36 years old and a new mom when her husband was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. Her 38 year old husband Steve lost his heroic battle in June 2011. Their son AJ was just 17 months old at the time. Join us on June 1, 2013 at Alexander Park in Pierrefonds, Quebec for Strike Out Colon Cancer, the 2nd annual softball game she is planning in her husband’s memory. All proceeds will got to the CCAC.

For more information or to make a donation:


"Get Out There & Move"

An event put on by the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada to advocate healthy lifestyles and cancer prevention to Montrealers of all ages and backgrounds. As part of a team or on their own, participants will partake in various athletic outdoor activities. Depending on the weather, each individual/team will elect which activities they want to do. Suggested activities include walking, jogging, hiking, yoga and bicycling.

A healthy lunch will be offered and CCAC staff will be on-site answering questions and handing out information on Colorectal Cancer, its prevention and the importance of getting screened for this disease. Physical fitness educators will also be on site to provide advice and assistance.

Where: Pavillon du Lac-aux-Castors - Montreal, QC
When: Saturday May 11th, 2013

National Dress in Blue Day

March 1, 2013

Kick off March Awareness Month in Blue!

Kick off March Awareness Month in Blue!

Canadians across the country will be dressing up in BLUE to show their dedication to increasing awareness of colorectal cancer, supporting patients, and advocating for population-based screening and timely access to effective treatments. Please join us in solidarity and share your photos on our
Facebook Page.

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CCAC Live Interview

Friday March 1st, 2013 @ 8:10 AM

Lisa Blobstein was just 36 years old and a new mom when her husband was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. Her 38 year old husband Steve lost his heroic battle in June 2011. Their son AJ was just 17 months old at the time. Hear Lisa’s story as we launch Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with National Dress in Blue day and learn about the 2nd annual softball game she is planning in her husband’s memory Tomorrow, March 1st at 8:10 am on CJAD radio.

Lisa and our very own Frank Pitman at last year’s event

Second Annual Softball Game in memory of Steve Lisiak

Saturday June 1st, 2013 at Alexander Park in Pierrefonds, Quebec

For more information, please contact Lisa Blobstein at 514-624-6954 or


Giant Colon Tour Back In Vancouver

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Do you live in Vancouver? Have you ever experienced the CCAC’s astounding 40ft long and 8ft high, Giant Colon Tour. Well now is your chance to take a walk through the multimedia exhibition for all ages that features all of the pathologies that may be found inside the human colon, including colorectal cancer. Join us on February 5th at the Life Sciences Centre.