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Colorectal Cancer Information Session: "The Treatment of Advanced Colorectal Cancer"

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

One of the CCAC’s support groups CCRAN in Oakville will be hosting two of our MAB members, Drs. Yooj Ko and Paul Karanicolas on Sunday, April 23rd at 1:00 p.m. at Wellspring.

They will be delivering a thoughtful presentation on the management of colorectal cancer and then entertaining questions from patients and their caregivers. Those who wish to attend need to call the CCAC to register.

Hope to see you there!

Anal Cancer Awareness Day

March 21, 2017

March 4 - 5, 2017

Dress in Blue Day

March 3, 2017

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This year we are hoping to have the most successful Dress in Blue Day for March Awareness yet. For all those who have suffered because of colorectal cancer; whether a caregiver, patient, or survivor, this day and month is dedicated to you.

We ask you, your family, friends, and colleagues to dress in blue on March 3rd or any other day in the month of March to support all those who have been affected by colorectal cancer in some way.

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) is dedicated to increasing awareness of colorectal cancer, supporting patients, and advocating for accessible services. Partner with the CCAC for March Awareness and help us spread the word on this preventable, treatable and beatable disease! It is as easy as dressing in blue for one day, to sign up visit: Dress in Blue Day or you can make a donation to the cause!



February 24 & 25, 2017

World Cancer Day

February 4, 2017

Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.

World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.

Here are a few of the Canadian Events on the Program. For the full list click here

Canadian Cancer Survivor Network Open House
Date: 3 February 2017

CCSN would like to invite all cancer survivors, patients, caregivers, friends and families to our office on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 to help show support for World Cancer Day. Join us from 3pm-5pm and meet fellow survivors as well as others who have been affected by cancer.

Looking to attend? Please send a note to Kati Oliver ( to RSVP.

What is World Cancer Day?

A truly global event taking place every year on February 4th (please note that our Open House is on February 3rd) World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.

It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

Why World Cancer Day is important

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 and in the world’s media.

We look forward to seeing you on February 3rd, 2017!



1750 Courtwood Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2C 2B5 Canada

Kiss and Cry - Film Premiere in 3 Cities

Kiss and Cry is a feature film based on the true story of Carley Allison, an up-and-coming figure skater and singer who finds love just as she is diagnosed with an incredibly rare 1 in 3.5 billion form of cancer. The film stars Luke Bilyk, Chantal Kreviazuk and Sarah Fisher, who was Carley Allison’s real-life best friend.

Date: 4 February 2017


Location: Globe Cinema
617 8 Avenue Southwest
Calgary, AB T2P 1H1 Canada


Location: Metro Cinema/Garneau
8712 109 ST NW E
Edmonton, AB T6G 1E9 Canada

Date: 7 February 2017



Location: 10268 Yonge Street Richmond Hill, Ontario Richmond Hil, ON Canada


Decembeard - Real Men grow Beards

December 1 - January 30, 2017



Even though they itch a bit in the early days and make soup a questionable lunchtime choice, real men still grow beards. Why? Because real men like to feel like bears. Grizzly bears. Big, heaving, honey guzzling grizzly bears. The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada is inviting real men to take part in Decembeard Canada and raise money to help those affected by colorectal cancer by getting sponsored to, you guessed it – grow a beard! No worries, real women are also encouraged to take part by faking, making, or painting a beard.

Together with our UK, New Zealand, and Australian friends, we are raising awareness of the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canada. This December we are hoping to raise $200,000 to fund our work helping and supporting people with colorectal cancer and their families, and raising awareness of the disease, its symptoms and the need for early diagnosis.

So what are you waiting for, get growing!


You can get involved by growing a beard (of course!), but don’t stop there, register and raise money for this great cause. Show off your beard and spread the word to your friends, colleagues and family. Here’s how you can get involved:

Sign up on our Website.

Join as a Team or an Individual & Create Your Page! Follow @DecembeardCanada on Instagram & Facebook for news and updates on beards nationwide.

Spread the word by printing and/or displaying the Decembeard poster.

From the 1st of December, get sponsored to grow your beard and join our ranks. Send us in your pictures to become the Beard of the Week!


Flavours of the Mediterranean

November 10, 2016

This year the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (“CCAC”) will be hosting it’s seventh annual fundraising gala Flavours of the Mediterranean. Dedicated to the art of gastronomy with a focus on delicious Mediterranean foods, the Gala will delight your senses with the aroma of savoury foods in an unforgettable atmosphere. This amazing Gala will feature the culinary genius of some of Montreal’s best chefs and restaurants gathered to celebrate and promote the CCAC’ s inspiring work with patients here and across Canada.

The event will be held on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at Montreal newest and most exciting venue,Le Salon 1861. In the magnificent decor of this newly reconstructed church originally built in 1861, our guests will mingle and enjoy a gourmet Mediterranean menu with some of the world’s finest wines. We are thrilled to announce that the evening will be complemented with a live cooking performance by Dr. Shawn Karls, one of CTV’s top Masterchef Canada finalists. Join us for a most entertaining and delicious performance by Dr. Shawn!

Our wonderful participating partner restaurants include: Asiatica, Ikanos, Branzino, Solemer, Le Pois Penche, Le Local, Doca, Salumi Vino, Alati-Caserta, Java U, Candide, La Tratorria and Petros Taverna.

World renowned Dr. Richard Béliveau, will once again be our Honourary Chair highlighting his significant contributions to the promotion of nutrition to the general public to reduce the risk of cancer. His lifetime time work in health promotion and translational research serves as an inspiration to us all! In collaboration with Dr. Béliveau, the CCAC launched its Foods that Fight Cancer (“F.T.F.C.”) program on Foods that Fight Cancer website, Instagram Account: and FaceBook page Foodsthatfightcancer. The FTFC program strives to highlight the relationship of nutrition and a decrease in cancer risk by educating the public on individual lifestyle and nutrition choices.

“It is an honour to be working together with Dr. Richard Béliveau and our partner chefs, restaurants and supporters to encourage and promote healthy nutrition and lifestyles with the aim of reducing the incidence of cancer and in particular colon cancer across Canada”, said Barry D. Stein, president of the CCAC.

The evening will also feature a silent auction with fabulous travel prizes, including destinations close to home and around the world.

Thank you to our sponsors, supporters and donors for making this night possible. Proceeds from the Flavours of the Mediterranean Gala are used to support CCAC programs and offer crucial services to patients and families affected by colorectal cancer.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of Mediterranean flavours, specialty cocktails, wine, and music and entertainment!

When: Thursday November 10th, 2016
Where: Le Salon 1861, 550 rue Richmond, Montreal, H3J 1V3.
Doors open at 6:30pm for the VIP cocktail hour.
Tickets: Individual $375; Group rate for 10: $3,250.
Sponsorship and Tickets:

Individual Sponsorship opportunities are available as well.

Contact : Isabella Noubani or 514-875-7745 ext.223

About the CCAC

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada is the country’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of colorectal cancer, supporting patients and advocating on their behalf.

Visit: for up-to-date information on colorectal cancer or call 1.877.50.COLON (26566), 514. 875.7745


World Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Day (WmCRCD)

September 27, 2016

Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Day

People diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer have poor survival rates, no matter where they live in the world. In the US, UK, France and Australia only

Colorectal cancer is treatable and even curable when diagnosed at the earliest stage but timely access to effective treatment and high quality care can increase survival rates and improve the quality of life of someone diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer.

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.

In honor of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Day, the CCAC has united with other colorectal cancer association across the globe to promote change and enhance the quality of care available to all those who are fighting against this disease. Please help us by completing our survey.

If you have or have had advanced (metastatic) colorectal cancer, please share your experiences. Or if you know someone who was diagnosed please forward them the survey. Survey closes 30 September.


“Andrew’s Walk”

September 17th, 2016

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.

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


Self Care Movement Free Summit

Monday, June 27, 2016 at 5PM

One of the CCAC’s industry partners, Self Care Catalysts, is hosting an awesome summit, free of charge at Toronto’s MaRS Centre, at University and College on the evening of June 27th at 5PM sharp entitled: Self Care Movement.

People living with chronic illnesses often face a different set of challenges – challenges that are not necessarily just physiological or medical in nature. The less palpable aspects of everyday life with a chronic illness are often left unspoken about.

Join us in transforming perspectives about chronic illness and the way it is managed, to celebrate the greatness in ordinary accomplishments that patients face every day.

With the Self-Care Movement Summit, we want to educate and provide practical advice to people diagnosed with chronic illnesses on how they can transform the seemingly ordinary activities of daily life into avenues for empowerment.

To learn more, visit

Guest Speakers include:

Canadian icon Margaret Trudeau

and our very own Filomena Servidio-Italiano

It promises to be a rather spectacular event - we hope to see our local supporters and followers there!


Strike Out Colon Cancer

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Join us for the 4th Annual softball game in memory of Stephen "Diggs" Lisiak

Where: Alexander Park in Pierrefonds, QC. When June 4th, 2016 11 - 3:30 PM

There will be food and fun family entertainment for all ages. The $20 participation fee will go to the CCAC.

Can’t make it?

There is still time to make a donation and win a great destination prize:

The first 100 people who make a donation of 50$ or more will be entered in a raffle for 2 return tickets to any scheduled Westjet destination. That’s one chance for every 50$. Donate 100$, that’s 2 chances. Donate 150$ that’s 3 chances...

See details here:

"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!