TVCOGECO To Commemorate Canadian Cancer Society’s 75th Anniversary - Live On April 18th

16 April 2013

Toronto -

TVCOGECO will be commemorating the Canadian Cancer Society’s 75th Anniversary with a special live one hour broadcast at 7:00 p.m. on April 18th.

Featuring a mixture of interviews and pre-taped segments, the broadcast will showcase how the Society fights more than 200 different types of cancer on numerous fronts, including funding world-class research and offering information and support services to people in communities across the province.    

“For 75 years, we have worked relentlessly to prevent cancer, save lives and support people living with cancer,” says Martin Kabat, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. “Proud as we are of our progress, we know more needs to be done. With a population that is both growing and aging, cancer is now the single largest killer in Canada – overtaking heart disease for the first time in 2011.”

Tim Caddigan, Senior Director, TVCOGECO & Community Relations notes “Cogeco is proud to be recognized as a ‘National Caring Company’ with the Canadian Cancer Society.  We believe that it is important to recognize the strides that the Society has made over the past 75 years.  We also want to emphasize the work that is still needed to fight this horrible disease. Through the work of our local stations across the province, we are pleased to provide this live broadcast to commemorate the Canadian Cancer Society’s special milestone anniversary. It is our hope that the program will help further the work of everyone involved in cancer research and treatment.”

Today – thanks to the years of support of volunteers and donors – the Society has the reach, strength and experience to make the most impact against cancer in communities across Canada.

Here are some of the ways your dollars have helped:

  • Recently, the Society announced 37 Innovation Grants with 20 in Ontario alone, including a ground breaking imaging device that will be able to look deep within the human colon for signs of cancer and take pictures in all directions in much the same way Google “street-view” mapping works. This could potentially lead to earlier detection of colon cancer and saved lives.
  • In 2012, our volunteer drivers helped approximately 14,000 patients get to more than 118,000 cancer-related appointments, driving approximately 13 million kilometres. These patients had no other way of getting to their medical care.
  • After advocating for seven years for province-wide legislation restricting youth under 18 years of age from using indoor tanning, we are closer than ever to success. Recently Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews announced the introduction of new legislation. If passed, the new law will protect the health of youth across the province.

We invite Canadians to visit our 75th anniversary microsite at cancer.ca/75years to learn more about how the impact we have made has changed the course of cancer in Canada.

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 www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Michaelides

Communications Coordinator

Canadian Cancer Society


Phone: 416-323-7039