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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have extensive impacts on people across Canada and physical distancing safety measures are still in place, we are refocusing the Cops for Cancer head shaves for 2020 to an online fundraising effort.
Police officers across the country play a leadership role in organizing the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer events by involving the community in fundraising and cancer awareness activities such has head shaves. Since 1997, the program has raised over $42 million to fund life-saving pediatric cancer research and support programs to raise funds to support our youngest Canadians through their cancer journey. Event participants collect pledges from their co-workers, friends, family and community members.
Why? Because the impact of cancer on the life of a child and their family is devastating. Donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society through Cops for Cancer are used to fund life-saving research and caring support programs for children and their families to reduce its impact.
Three Steps for Success:
- Sign up for free as an individual or as part of a team.
- Create a short video pledging to shave or cut your ponytail in participation of this event OR Shave your head on camera! Challenge others to shave their heads! Pledge to let someone else shave your head if you reach your goal! - BE CREATIVE!
- Share it to your social media platforms tagging three friends or more to do the same! Let’s make this virtual Cops for Cancer event go viral! Tag us @cancersociety! And be sure to add #CopsForCancer. Share your fundraising link from your Participant Centre with your family and friends in emails and on social media to raise funds that will change the future of cancer.
While we won’t be able to celebrate our fundraising efforts together this year in large gathering, we encourage you to take to social media with your team virtually and celebrate in a way that’s meaningful to you in the month of November. Maybe you’ll honour and remember loved ones who live or have lived in the face of cancer and recognize and celebrate your fundraising impact during your social media video. Challenge/ Call out others to do the same, set a fundraising goal that challenges others to support childhood cancer research and caring support programs.
Here are some of the ways we make an impact:
- we are the largest national charitable funder of childhood cancer research
- we have contributed to research that resulted childhood cancer survival rates increasing from 71% in the 1980s to over 83% today
- we provide a support system that helps children and their families live their lives as fully as possible
- we advocate for better support for parents and legal guardians who need to take time off work to care for children with cancer and help shape health policies that will save lives
We know 1 in 2 Canadians will continue to face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. This year and the next. As the world navigates this pandemic, we know the most vulnerable among us have fewer places to turn to in their communities, to gather in, to be together, and to receive the support they need. That’s why the assistance of CIS and Cancer Connection is especially critical now.
Meet our Cops For Cancer ambassador
In the coldest month of the year, February 2013, one man took a journey of approximately a million steps across Ontario from Windsor to Ottawa, pulling a 125-pound sled with the letters CANCER on it, to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.
When Mike Duhacek lost both of his grandparents to cancer and watched his mother diagnosed with a rare cancer, undergoing a grueling three-year battle, he knew it was time to act, and helpmeburycancer was born.
Duhacek, who is the newly appointed Canadian ambassador for Cops for Cancer, has now written a book about his journey. It is filled with the kindness of strangers he met along the way, stories people shared with him, as well as over thirty photographs to visually capture his experience. He's convinced the reason why his mission resonated with so many people is due to the fact that one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
It is a story of the struggle he endured, of family love and one man's perseverance to make a difference. Duhacek was ultimately awarded the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award (Sovereign’s medal) and a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, among other honours, for his efforts. Please visit his website at www.helpmeburycancer.com for more information on his book, One Foot in Front of the Other - the journey of a million steps, and for access to multiple links to purchase his book which include Amazon, Indigo and other major booksellers.
A portion of all proceeds from this book will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.