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September 17th, 2016
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 http://www.selfcaremvmt.com/events/
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
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: 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.
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: www.dressinblue.ca
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!
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)
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.
A HEALTH EVENT IN THE HEART OF THE QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES
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
- Physical activity
- Symptoms of colorectal cancer and other gastro-intestinal diseases
- Screening methods
- Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Biochemical blood analyses
- Virtual colonoscopy
- Diagnostic testing
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
- Tomodensitometry (TDM)
- Magnetic Resonance Imagery (MRI)
- Capsule endoscopy (PillCam)
- 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 !
ALL DECEMBER LONG !
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.