Get inspired by people who are changing the future of cancer
Meet some ordinary people who decided to do something extraordinary to make a meaningful change for Canadians affected by cancer.
The Spring Yard Clean Up for Cancer
After losing his father to cancer, Jason began an annual fundraiser, Spring Yard Clean Up for Cancer, to fund research and change the future of cancer.
As a result of COVID-19, in 2020 Jason and his team took their fundraiser online. Despite not offering yard work services as in previous years, Jason rallied his community of sponsors and supporters to raise over $141,000 for groundbreaking cancer research.
In the past 10 years, Jason and his team have raised over $1 million and they’re not stopping!
“COVID-19 has really affected CCS’s ability to raise money to fund much needed research,” says Jason. “We plan to keep supporting this worthy cause any way we can.”
When Jillian Verner was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer, her husband Jordane immediately took action.
He partnered with CCS to create a fundraiser, Jillian’s Road. Jordane committed to cycling from his home in Prince Edward County to Kingston, Ontario, the same route Jillian took to receive her cancer treatment. Jillian’s Road raised an incredible $14,065 for the most promising cancer research and a nationwide support system to help Canadians affected by cancer.
“It is very important to us that we can help pass care onto the next person, their family and their friends who may face cancer,” says Jordane. “We are aware that we may not be here today with the story we have if wasn’t for someone else who did the same.”
Geoff has always loved gaming, but when his mother in law passed of brain cancer, Geoff decided to turn his passion into action.
He created an online gaming stream to fundraise for brain cancer research. He hosted a 24-hour live stream to his followers, which raised $2,400 and allowed the community to come together to play video games and support each other as they discussed their own cancer experiences.
"I want others to have what I lost: time. More time with the people they love, more time to make memories, more time to live their lives,” says Geoff. “Cancer is a horrible disease that has impacted everyone in some way, I hope that this little fundraiser can help with ongoing research to provide more time for others.”
The Queen’s Cure Cancer Classic
Queen’s University Commerce students have been coming together since 2005 to host a series of three hockey tournaments in the Queen’s Cure Cancer Classic fundraising campaign, to raise critical funds for life-saving cancer research.
When COVID-19 meant they could not run their in-person tournaments as they had in the past, they needed to come up with a new way to raise funds, and they did! They hosted a number of virtual events over social media and zoom to continue to support this important cause.
Since its inception, Queen’s Cure Cancer Classic has raised over $430,000, and has continued to support an ongoing brain cancer research project.