If you are a regular reader of my column, you know I’m a big supporter of some very worthwhile causes. I am passionate about giving back, not only to the local community, but also to organizations that have a major impact to the quality of life of people we know and love. Cancer is an insidious disease that touches all of us. We all have a family member, or relative or friend who has been stricken with this horrible illness. On July 10th, I’m proud to be a participant in a triathlon to raise money for one of the most prevalent diseases of our lifetime.
The triathlon is a key challenge in the Joe’s Team Fundraising Campaign, which raises money for The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. The background is that in 2004, Joe Finley began a difficult fight with cancer, a battle that he is very much fighting today. Despite the physical and emotional toll of an extremely aggressive cancer treatment (or perhaps, some say, because of it), Joe fulfilled a life-long objective in August 2006 – he completed his first triathlon.
Crossing the finish line was just the beginning for Joe. Teamed up with The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Joe has created “Joe’s Team,” an innovative cancer fundraising initiative that has in three short years already raised $2.1 million. The need to conquer cancer in our lifetime is urgent and important. Right now, 2 in 5 people will hear these words in their lifetime: “You have cancer.” Those words will transform their life and the lives of their loved ones forever. The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Canada’s leading cancer research hospital, the Princess Margaret and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute. To learn more about The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation visit our website at www.pmhf.ca.
Where does your money go? Funds raised by Joe’s Team benefit The Joe’s Team Fund supporting The Princess Margaret Hospital Head & Neck Translational Research Program, a leading international research team of 28 dedicated clinicians and scientists whose vital research leads to potential new drugs, radiation and individualized treatment options that are more effective, less toxic, and will increase a patients quality and length of life. Our support helps researchers and clinical staff to have tremendous impact on the lives of patients and provide the basis for scientific breakthroughs in other human malignancies including head and neck, lung, breast and colorectal cancers. With the support of Joe’s Team, The Princess Margaret’s translational research program will significantly advance its understanding of the development and progression of head and neck cancer.
Yes, cancer can be beaten, and with your help, I would like to make a significant contribution to the fight. Please go to my website and make a pledge. Log onto DanCooper.com and simply follow the links to the Joe’s Team form. Even a small donation goes a long way. Collectively we can make a difference in someone’s life. So be generous, give what you can and together we can accomplish something significant and fulfilling. I can’t describe the feeling I get when I know I’ve done something that will change the lives of others for the better.
That’s the best gift of all. Again, please visit my website and support a great cause.