Cancer may have taken Jack Layton but not his optimism

22 August 2011

Vancouver -

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of the distinguished Canadian political figure, Jack Layton. Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones,” said Barbara Kaminsky, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon Division.

“Jack was certainly a fighter. Although he lost his battle with an enemy more formidable than any political opponent, his courage and determination to overcome the disease was an inspiration to us all.”

“His message of hope to those on a cancer journey captured his incredible optimism and ability to see a better future.”

“However, despite all our efforts, cancer is still taking lives and causing suffering. The Canadian Cancer Society will continue to fund outstanding research, invest in prevention and deliver compassionate support as long as we are needed.”  


For further information:

Susan Bogle
Manager, Communications
Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division 
Direct line: 604.675.7123 Cell: 778 686 1300

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Catherine Loiacono

Manager, Media Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: 604-675-7340