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Peterborough & District Community Office

730 The Kingway, Unit 2

Peterborough, Ontario

K9J 6W6

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Phone: 705-742-3823

Toll-free: 1 800 463-0432

Fax: 705-742-4027

Hours of operation:

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Serving the communities of:

Bobcaygeon, Campbellford, Cobourg, Fenelon Falls, Havelock, Lindsay, Minden/Haliburton, Peterborough, Port Hope and Warkworth.

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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 Peterborough - September 30, 2018

    This year's CIBC Run For The Cure Peterborough was a huge success, raising an amazing event day total $54,207.53 in support of breast cancer research. Big congratulations to everyone involved, including over 300 participants who took part in the run, 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 Peterborough - June 2, 2018

    Over 120 participants and 25 teams hit the track at Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute on June 2nd, 2018.  Over $58,000 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.

    Pink in the Rink - February 3, 2018

    What an amazing event that raised over $88,500 for women's cancer research!  It was a packed night at the Memorial Centre as the Petes took on the Oshawa Generals. Honourary chairs Gary & Pete Dalliday and Tori Sotiriadis dropped the puck at centre ice to start the game along with event sponsors Alf Curtis Home Improvement, Andrew Pyle from The Pyle Group and Kelsey's & Montana's. The Petes wore special jerseys with names of many who are battling cancer or have lost their life to cancer.  The emotional night brought the community together in a show of solidarity for the 9th Pink in the Rink which now has exceeded raising over $615,000.

  • 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 - February 2, 2019

    The 10th annual Pink in the Rink game will be held on Saturday, February 2 where the Peterborough Petes will take on the Oshawa Generals. Put the name of a Cancer Fighter you know, In Honour or in Memory, on the Pink in the Rink 2019 Jersey! Names can be purchased for $20. Special edition t-shirts are also available for purchase. Order early as there are limited spots and we will be accepting the first 300 names only. Names will be available for purchase until 5pm on November 13th, 2018. Tickets to game night can be purchased for $20 each with $7 going towards Pink in the Rink. Call the Peterborough Cancer Society Office at 705-742-3823 to purchase a name on the jersey, a t-shirt or tickets to the game!

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    We have numerous exciting volunteer opportunities available in the Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Trent Hills, Northumberland and Haliburton Highlands. With roles that vary in time commitments as well as skills and training required we know that you will find the right position to meet your needs! Please see the list of volunteer opportunities below or call (705) 742-3823 or 1 800 463-0432.

    Fundraising Roles

    Various volunteer roles are available during Daffodil Days, Residential Canvass, Relay For Life Peterborough, Mudmoiselle.

    Daffodil Days - Month of April

    Residential Canvass - Month of April

    Relay For Life Peterborough - Month of June

    Mudmoiselle - Month of July

    CIBC Run For The Cure - Month of September

    Pink Ribbons Campaign - Month of October

    Programs and Services Roles
    Wheels of Hope Volunteer Drivers

    Volunteer Drivers are needed in all our areas but especially City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton Highlands, Minden, Northumberland and Trent Hills. Our drivers take clients to their cancer related appointments and treatments in Peterborough, Oshawa, Toronto and Kingston. 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.

    Peer Support Volunteers

    Our peer support program offers support, over the phone, to patients and caregivers by matching them with a volunteer who can offer support and hope. Potential volunteers must be one year post treatment and have a clean Criminal Reference Check and Vulnerable Sector Check.  Training is provided. The time commitment varies depending on how many matches the volunteer is comfortable with.

    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.  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, Wednesday and Fridays afternoons, as well as Thursday and Friday mornings. Duties include working with databases, excel and word as well as greeting visitors and answering the phones.  Strong computer and customer service skills are required.



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