12th edition - Shave-O-Thon Cops for cancer - Solidarity 911

24 February 2012

Montreal, QC -

Take part in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Shave-O-thon Cops for Cancer and meet the Alouettes and our spokeperson Julie Perreault!

This February 24th, close to 50 members of public security forces, as well as civilians, will have their heads shaved to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). The 12th edition of Cops for Cancer will take place for the first time at Place Jean-Paul Riopelle Hall at the Palais des Congrès, in Montreal, starting at 11 a.m.

Stand in solidarity with public security members and take on the Cops for Cancer head shave challenge in exchange for pledges from your family and friends. Julie Perreault from the 19-2 TV show will be there. In addition, the Montreal Alouettes cheerleaders will open the event with a performance and the player Kristian Matte will be present for autograph signing.

A tradition among public security forces for more than a decade, this event embodies the CCS’s fundamental values: caring, courage, integrity and progressive. Cops for Cancer also strives to raise public awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Since its beginning, Cops for Cancer in Quebec has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit the CCS’s Quebec Division. Furthermore, since its launch in 1994, Cops for Cancer has collected more than $45.5 million from across Canada. This year’s target for Montreal is $80,000, with each participant pledging to raise a minimum of $250. To register and support the CCS, simply go to solidarite911.ca. You’ll also find useful fundraising tips on the site.

The money raised will be used to provide services and support to people affected by cancer, to disseminate up-to-date information on cancer, to help prevent the disease through the promotion of healthy lifestyles, to carry out advocacy activities and, especially, to fund promising research projects.

  • On average, someone is diagnosed with cancer every 11 minutes in Quebec and every 3 minutes in Canada. Someone dies of cancer every 26 minutes in Quebec and every 7.5 minutes in Canada
  • The risk of developing cancer: an estimated 40% of women and 45% of men, i.e. approximately 2 out of every 5 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime.
  • Today more than 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least five years beyond their cancer diagnoses. In the 1940s, survival was about 25%.

To make a donation, become a volunteer or learn more about cancer and the activities and services offered by the Canadian Cancer Society, call the Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333, or visit cancer.ca.

For more details about the Cops for Cancer Shave-O-Thon taking place on February 24th, 2011,contact Catherine Op de Beeck at 514 255-5151, extension 5124 or at copdebeeck@quebec.cancer.ca

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:

André Beaulieu

Spokesperson and Senior Advisor, Public Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Quebec Division

Phone: (514) 393-3444