Canadian Cancer Society’s PAWS FOR HOPE WALK-A-THON: Man's Best Friend Teams Up to Fight Cancer

12 August 2013

Montreal -


Canadian Cancer Society’s PAWS FOR HOPE WALK-A-THON:

Man's Best Friend Teams Up to Fight Cancer

Montreal, August 12th, 2013 — In September, more than 500 dogs as well as 1,000 masters and friends are expected to participate in the Canadian Cancer Society’s five Paws for Hope walk-a-thons, one of the most original fundraising activities in the province.

In a family-oriented and convivial atmosphere, dogs and their masters will walk to fight against cancer. The event will be followed or preceded by a picnic and there will also be entertainment as well as booths for canine health, training, and grooming at the venue.

To participate, walkers and their loyal companions must collect as much money as possible before the event and turn up on D-day to walk a few kilometres. The minimum suggested collected amount is $100 per animal. A person who would like to walk a second dog will have to raise an additional $50. Dogs and their masters can participate in the Paws for Hope by registering online at pawsforhope.ca or contacting the regional office.

City

Where

When

Information

Drummondville

Woodyatt Park

September 7

Phone: 819 478-3261

Chicoutimi

Rivière-au-moulin Park

September 14

Phone: 418 543-2222

Rouyn-Noranda

Mouska Park

September 14

Phone: 819 762-6707

Laval

Nature Centre

September 15

Phone: 450 668-1013

Mirabel

Bois de Belle-Rivière Regional Park

September 29

Phone: 888 668-1013

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Paws for Hope is a fundraising activity sponsored on a provincial scale by Mondou, a company which, like the CCS, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013. In 10 years, more than $170,000 has been raised for the CCS through this partnership.

Every 11 minutes, a Quebecer hears the words: “You have cancer.”

A donation to the CCS’ Paws for Hope walk-a-thon can:

  • Fund innovative research projects that save lives: to date, the CCS has invested more than 1.2 billion in this field.
  • Provide up-to-date and reliable information on cancer — more than one million requests from all over the country have been processed by the Cancer Information Service since its inception — and offer services to the community.
  • Support people touched by cancer through the comforting services offered by Cancer J’écoute and the Jacques-Cantin Lodge.
  • Create prevention programs such as the Thingamaboob to remind women about the need for regular cancer screening, SMAT (Short Messages Against Tobacco) to help young people quit smoking, the Trottibus Walking School Bus to promote walking among young children, or the Sun Squads, which, last summer, taught 36,000 young Quebecers how to protect themselves from UV rays.
  • Advocate for better laws and public policies from the government to protect Quebecers’ health. Here’s a good example in Quebec: with the support of CCS volunteers, some 60,000 signatures were gathered for a petition which led to the passage of Bill 74 to prevent skin cancer caused by artificial tanning. The Act to prevent skin cancer caused by artificial tanning came into force on February 11, 2013.

For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. All these years, we have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research, and support Canadians touched by cancer. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive. To know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca or call our Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

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Information:

André Beaulieu, Spokesperson and Senior Advisor, Public Relations

Canadian Cancer Society – Quebec Division

abeaulieu@quebec.cancer.ca514 393-3444