Paying it forward with a kitchen for cancer patients

Thanks to Nicole Klein, a guest house in Edmonton for out of town cancer patients will have a new kitchen.

After winning the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure’s biggest prize ever – KitchenAid kitchen appliances worth about $12,000 – Nicole decided to donate her winnings to the La Crete Municipal Nursing Association, which is building a guest house for people with cancer who need to come to Edmonton for treatment.

“We recently built our house and have a newer kitchen,” says Nicole, who’s also a CIBC Run for the Cure participant and raised more than $28,000 for the 2017 Run. ”I didn’t need the kitchen myself, but I knew who did. I’m just glad to have been able to help people who are going through a hard time.”

Nicole knows first-hand the kind of support cancer patients need. As a triple negative breast cancer survivor, she was diagnosed in October 2016, had chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, then in mid-June was declared cancer-free.

“We were so happy to hear of Nicole’s generosity with her KitchenAid prize,” says Chelsea Draeger, executive director of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Alberta region. “Her donations will now go even further in ensuring that people visiting Edmonton for cancer treatments will have some top-of-the-line equipment that they can prepare and store food with – something that can help those individuals feel more at home.”

KitchenAid has been a proud partner of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and now the Canadian Cancer Society since 2002, raising over $4.1 million for the breast cancer cause through sales of the KitchenAid® Pink Collection, Cook for the Cure home parties, employee events and sponsorship of many large scale culinary events including Culinary Showdown and Eat to the Beat.

If you are a business owner looking to make an impact in the lives of people with cancer or those who have survived, please consider partnering with us. Contact Craig Brennan at craig.brennan@cancer.ca for more information.