Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada - CCAC

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Past Events

"Blue to New" Gala Fundraiser

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The"Blue to New" Gala Fundraiser (all proceeds to the CCAC) is going to be a very exciting evening you won’t want to miss if you are in town. Lots of great food, company, live entertainment, dancing, silent auction, and a live auction. As well as a raffle chance to win a brand new 2016 Fiat 500.

When: Saturday, June 4th, 2016
Where: Le Parc Banquet Hall in Thornhill

Gala Tickets $125 each
Fiat Raffle Tickets $1 for $40, 3 for $100, 10 for $300

Tickets are going to sell out fast!

We’re Colon’ On You to Support the Cause

Also, we have set up an e-transfer, in case someone is unable to come, and wants to donate.
Security question: month of gala
Answer: June

2nd Annual Bum Run

Sunday April 24, 2016

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.

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:

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: 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.


Giant Colon going to Pen Centre in St. Catherines, Ontario

March 4 - 5, 2016

Shoppers will have more than deals and merchandise to attract their attention at the Pen Centre on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5.

They’ll also have a unique opportunity to walk through a giant colon to learn about colorectal cancer and other diseases of the colon.

Niagara Health System’s Colorectal Screening Program, in partnership with Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, is bringing the Giant Colon Tour to the St. Catharines shopping mall as part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada’s (CCAC) pink inflatable walk-through reproduction of the human colon is 40 feet long and eight feet high.

The NHS has partnered with The Giant Colon Tour, an educational exhibit part of the CCAC campaign that seeks to educate Canadians that this disease is preventable, treatable and beatable.

A team of registered nurses and health promotion Specialists from Niagara Health System’s Endoscopy department will be on hand to offer information about screening, a simple process that helps to identify the risk for developing cancer. The CCAC’s visiting professor Dr. Preventino – a puppet – will greet all visitors and guide them on their voyage through The Giant Colon. Visitors will view everything on a large scale, from Giant Hemorrhoids to Giant Polyps and much more.

While exploring The Giant Colon, Dr. Preventino will provide visitors with healthy lifestyle tips and explanations of the various diseases on interactive media screens.

Giant Colon Tour details:
Where: Pen Centre, St. Catharines
When: Friday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 pm. and Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Why: To raise awareness about colorectal cancer and the importance of regular screening.

For more information about Niagara Health System’s Colorectal Screening Program, click here

Dress in Blue Day 2016

Friday March 4th, 2016

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, and the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) will be hosting Dress in Blue Day. We have been asking schools, businesses, and organizations all across Canada to show their support for colorectal cancer awareness by dressing in blue. Although the official date of Dress in Blue Day is Friday March 4th, we have been encouraging participants to hold the event on any day in March that is convenient for them.

Partaking in Dress in Blue Day is easy - on Dress in Blue Day participants wear blue to support The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada and those affected by colorectal cancer. The CCAC would like to partner with you to spread awareness and fundraise for colorectal cancer. Please encourage your colleagues, friends & family to participate as well.

The CCAC is dedicated to increasing awareness of colorectal cancer, supporting patients, and advocating for accessible services, and would be happy to provide resources for your office. These include healthy-eating pamphlets and informational posters which can be displayed or distributed to your staff.

To register for this event, for additional information or to make a donation, please visit:


Fessestival du Monde Gala 2015

Tuesday, November 10th 2015

Arouse your senses. Journey through the bustling bazaar exploding with flavours and aromas from around the world.

This year’s CCAC gala will be held at Marché Bonsecours, Tuesday November 10th, 2015. Mark your calendars and be sure to get your tickets early!

Visit the Gala website

5th Annual Education Event for Individuals with an Ostomy

5th Annual Education Event for Individuals with an Ostomy

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre McLaughlin Auditorium (Ground Floor: E-Wing-18a)

9-10:00 am Registration and Time with Ostomy Manufacturers and Vendors 10:00 am Welcome and Overview of the Day Debbie Miller, Ostomy Advanced Practice Nurse 10:05 am “Out of Pocket! – Strategies for Dealing with Ostomy Supply Costs in Ontario” Catherine Harley, Executive Director, Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy 10:45 am What’s that Bulge around my Stoma ? Theresa Henderson, Enterostomal Therapy Nurse 11:15 am How do I know what Ostomy Supplies I need ? Joanne Mckeown, Wound & Ostomy Consultant 12:00 pm Lunch and Time with Ostomy Manufacturers and Vendors 13:00 pm Pearls of Wisdom: Nutrition and Medication Tips Pauline Wisdom-Gilliam, Registered Dietician; Mark Pasetka, Pharmacist 14:00 pm Life, Lessons, and Laughter Brenda Elsagher, International Speaker, Author and Comedian 14: 45 Closing and Evaluation Debbie Miller, Ostomy Advanced Practice Nurse

Please register by: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (Space limited to 150 people) Contact: Debbie Miller at: 416-480-5000, ext 7429 (Indicate if you will be bringing a family member/friend)

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Sortez! Bougez!

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

On June 20th 2015, the CCAC, the Dairy Farmers of Canada and U.N.I Training, will be hosting the third-annual Sortez! Bougez!/Get Out There and Move event, in Montreal. Sortez! Bougez! is a motivating and enjoyable day of physical activity to promote healthy lifestyles and colorectal cancer prevention. The CCAC values how physical activity has been proven to reduce the chance of developing colorectal cancer among other chronic diseases. Come join Montrealers and their families on the Lachine Canal to participate in the fitness event of the summer!

Sortez! Bougez! is an endurance challenge for individuals and families of all fitness levels. All participants will challenge themselves to complete 4 classes in a row.

An energetic zumba class to start off the day A kickboxing class to tone your body and relieve stress A boot camp class to challenge your stamina A yoga class to cool down and stretch

Each class is 30-45 minutes long with breaks. All classes will have variations to meet everyone’s physical needs!

Sortez! Bougez! will be held right on the Lachine canal with beautiful views Montreal. In case of rain all classes will be held at U.N.I Training center 5 minutes from the Canal.

Healthy snacks and lunch will be available all day.

No registration fee. Minimum $50.00 sponsorship to particpate.

Register Now!

Strike Out Colon Cancer

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Join us for the 4th Annual softball game in memory of Stephen "Diggs" Lisiak at Alexander Park in Pierrefonds, QC. There will be food and fun family entertainment for all ages. The $20 participation fee will go to the CCAC.



The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada is inviting your to participate in the Gastrointestinal Health Fair to take place on Thursday May 21st and Friday May 22nd at the Complexe Desjardins located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles.


The CCAC hopes this event will promote colorectal cancer awareness among thousands of Montrealers as well as to inform the general public of the importance of gastro-intestinal health. It will truly be an event not to miss.

TO BE DISCOVERED Conferences | Entertainment | Consultations

  • Prevention of colorectal cancer and other gastro-intestinal diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Symptoms of colorectal cancer and other gastro-intestinal diseases
  • Screening methods
  • Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Biochemical blood analyses
  • Virtual colonoscopy
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
  • Tomodensitometry (TDM)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imagery (MRI)
  • Capsule endoscopy (PillCam)
  • Ultrasound
  • Importance of screening
  • More topics to be discussed

March Awareness Month - Dress in Blue Day !

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, select any day during the month of March (Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month) and encourage your family, school or workplace to do the same.

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.

More details to follow as event approaches.

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: