Holiday lights shine bright for cancer research

05 December 2013

Winnipeg, Manitoba -

Michael Geiger-Wolf wants to light up your holidays and encourage you to join the Canadian Cancer Society’s fight against life.

The two-time cancer survivor has created a 60,000-light holiday display synchronized to music that can be tuned into from your car -  all in the name of raising funds to support the Cancer Society’s research efforts and to fund programs and services that help Manitoba families facing cancer.

It’s an entertainment tradition that started shortly after Michael’s first cancer diagnosis and became a fundraiser four years ago.

“I turned it into a fundraiser the second time I had cancer because it really is an opportunity to combine the Christmas spirit and that gift of hope with the cancer journeys I and many people are going through,” Geiger-Wolf said. “I literally would not be alive today if it wasn’t for research and I’ve benefited from clinical trials funded in part by the Canadian Cancer Society both times I’ve gone through this.

“This is my small way of contributing to the cancer fight, giving back to the Cancer Society and providing hope to those facing a cancer diagnosis.”

Geiger-Wolf is one of hundreds of Manitobans hosting events over the holidays in support of the cancer fight. They remind us all that at a time that many Manitobans gather for holiday cheer, 6,400 families in the province are gathering to fight cancer.

Geiger-Wolf’s holiday light display is located at 18 Mildred Street in Winnipeg and will be up until the second week of January. The display has raised nearly $18,000 in the past three years and this year he hopes to raise $10,000. You can learn more about the display and make a donation by going to geiger-wolf.com.

Geiger-Wolf was initially diagnosed with stage-four non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2003. He beat the cancer thanks to a new drug that he got access to through a clinical trial. Seven years later, a routine screening showed cancer was back but it was still in the early stages. After successful chemo therapy and a newly pioneered drug treatment, Geiger-Wolf was proclaimed officially in remission in December 2012.

Media are encouraged to call Michael Geiger-Wolf at (204) 889-3827 to arrange an interview.  To see video of the display or to make a donation, visit Michael’s website at geiger-wolf.com

The Cancer Society invites everyone to visit their 75th anniversary microsite at cancer.ca/75years to read more stories about how volunteers like Michael have helped make a difference in the cancer fight.

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:

Jason Permanand

Communications Manager

Canadian Cancer Society

Manitoba

Phone: 204-990-4310