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Durham Region Community Office

111 Simcoe Street North, Unit 201

Oshawa, Ontario

L1G 4S4

Phone: 905-434-6405

Toll-free: 1 800 668-7830

Fax: 905-434-3696


Hours of operation:

Tuesday , Wednesday, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Serving the communities of:

Ajax, Brock Township, Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Scugog, Uxbridge Township and Whitby.  

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    The Pedal For Hope Impact Grant of the Canadian Cancer Society 2019-2022

    We are excited to announce that the Peterborough and Durham Pedal For Hope Team will be funding a new four year impact grant through the Canadian Cancer Society.  

    The goal of the CCS Research Impact Grant program is to fund projects that will apply new knowledge to address problems in cancer research and have the potential for practical application.

    The Canadian Cancer Society uses a scientific peer review process to determine which research projects will be funded. The aim is to ensure that the most original ideas, with the greatest scientific merit, obtain sufficient financial support to permit the ideas to be tested. Fellow scientists use a rigorous process to identify the applications which have the greatest potential for contributing to the reduction of the incidence and mortality from cancer. This process includes a peer review panel where the projects are discussed and debated at length.  

    One of the research projects that was debated included one that is the new Pedal For Hope Impact Grant from 2019-2022. Dr Torsten Nielsen was chosen by his peers to be funded as part of the  Canadian Cancer Society’s Impact Grant program.

    Dr Nielson will receive $1 million over the next 4 years from the funds raised by Pedal For Hope.  Dr Nielson is leading a large multidisciplinary team to tackle some of the biggest challenges in sarcoma research. Sarcomas are a group of over 50 types of cancer that grow in the fat, muscles, tendons and ligaments and most often affect teens and young adults. Due to the challenges of diagnosing and treating these tumours there is 50% mortality rate. Although surgery and radiation can cure half of the patients, chemotherapy will only work a for few types of sarcoma.

    Dr Nielson and his team of researchers are developing a single comprehensive diagnostic tool as well as testing new targeted treatment therapies, including some that are showing promise in sarcomas that do not respond to other cancer treatment.

    This research will give young Canadians new options and new hope.

    In Dr Nielson’s own words:

    "I'm leading a team of scientists and doctors working on a group of cancers called sarcomas that affect teenagers especially -- people who should have a long and active life ahead of them, and for whom we really need to do more than extend survival but really find cures that don't cause lifelong side effects. There is much to do, and for a lot of reasons these diseases haven't been getting as much research attention as more common kinds of cancers. That's frustrating because some recent scientific advances have pinpointed the specific mutations that cause some of these sarcomas, while also showing very few other mutations -- meaning we have targets to aim at which may have a higher chance of working to block cancer growth without causing many side effect on normal cells.

     With the support from Pedal for Hope and from the Canadian Cancer Society, we are now getting the resources to make a serious, multipronged effort to find out exactly how these mutations cause sarcomas in young people, what we need to do to block that process, and develop new diagnostic tests and specific treatment options. We're also creating new opportunities for smart and motivated young people to learn skills in cancer research, training a new generation in how we can fight back against cancer." 

    We are very excited to be an important part of Dr Nielson’s research for the next 4 years and know that the money raised through the tours will have a significant impact on teens and young adults in Canada.

    CIBC Run For The Cure Durham - September 30, 2018

    This year's CIBC Run For The Cure Durham was a huge success, raising an astounding $337,475 in support of breast cancer research. Big congratulations to everyone involved, including the 2008 participants who took part in the run, 235 amazing volunteers and all of our generous sponsors for supporting us. 

    Mudmoiselle - July 7, 2018

    What an amazing event raising over $130,000! Over 650 participants with 110 teams took part in a 5km mud run overcoming obstacles to raise money for cancer research! Participants went the extra muddy mile for a great cause proving cancer fights dirty but so do they! Over 115 fearless kids joined for a day of mud, sweat, and cheers participating in a 1km run.

    Relay For Life Durham - June 9, 2018

    Over 55 participants and 17 teams hit the track at Village Union Public School on June 9th, 2018.  Over $29,000 was raised to fund cancer research and to support local programs and services. Teams had a lot of fun joining in fun theme laps and grooved to music.

    Relay For Life Clarington - June 23, 2018

    Over 120 participants and 25 teams hit the track at Clarington Central Secondary School on June 23rd, 2018.  Over $65,000 was raised to fund cancer research and to support local programs and services. Teams had a lot of fun joining in fun theme laps and grooved to music.

    Pedal For Hope - April - May, 2018

    Travelling to 50 schools over 3 weeks, the Pedal For Hope team collected funds raised by students while delivering messages about kids living with cancer.  Over $328,000 was raised from this year's ride.  The funds will be directed through the Canadian Cancer Society to support the work of Dr. Lillian Sung who is developing a technology to help kids communicate their symptoms when they're going through difficult times and pediatric cancer research.

  • Upcoming Events

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October

    At the Canadian Cancer Society, the month of October is about more than just raising awareness of breast cancer, it's about taking action to save lives. You can buy pink ribbons from volunteer selling in locations around your community. Contact the Durham Region office at 905-434-6405 or visit the Volunteer Hub for a list of locations where you can buy pink ribbons or volunteer to sell.

    Pink in the Rink - Saturday, February 2, 2019

    Get your game night tickets to the 10th annual Pink in the Rink game where the Oshawa Generals take on the Peterborough Petes at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Call the Durham Community Office at (905) 434-6405 for more information. 

  • Volunteer opportunities

    Fundraising Roles:

    Various volunteer roles area available during Daffodil Days, Residential Canvass, Relay for Life Clarington, Relay for Life Durham, and CIBC Run For The Cure.

    Call 905-434-6405 or 1-800-668-7830.

    Daffodil Days - Month of April

    Residential Canvass - Month of April

    Relay for Life Durham - Month of June

    Relay for Life Clarington - Month of June

    CIBC Run For The Cure - September-October

    Programs and Service Roles:

    Wheels of Hope Volunteer Drivers

    Volunteer Drivers are needed in all our Durham areas. Our drivers take clients to their cancer related appointments and treatments in Oshawa, Ajax, and Toronto. Drivers can choose the day(s) that they drive and what hospitals they go to. Potential volunteers must have a 100% smoke free vehicle, a least $1 million third party liability, a clean Criminal Reference Check and no more than 3 demerit points. Drivers are reimbursed mileage and training is provided. We ask that drivers are available at least one day per week.

    Presentation and Display Volunteers

    Through presentation and displays that focus on screening and prevention, volunteers share our message to local residents. Volunteers can choose to do both presentation and display or focus on one area only. all presentation and display materials are provided through our community office and training is provided. Time commitment varies depending on the number of requests we receive.

    Administrative Roles:

    Reception Volunteers

    Our office is currently recruiting a volunteer with administrative skills for Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Duties include working with databases, Excel and Word as well as greeting visitors and answering the phones. Strong computer and customer skills are required.



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