Two weeks ago I wrote about my intention to participate in the Joe’s Team Triathlon to raise money for the head and neck translational research program at The Princess Margaret. On July 10th, I joined about 550 other participants to swim, bike and run at Lake Joseph, Muskoka and together we raised more than $1 million to support critical cancer research funded by The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.
The background of this event 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, 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 created “Joe’s Team,” an innovative cancer fundraising initiative that has in four short years raised well over $3 million.
Today, this physically challenging triathlon stands as the community event that is far surpassing the expectations of everyone involved, a claim that can only be made because of the generous support of sponsors, participants and donors. I want to thank all of you who made generous donations to this worthy cause through my website DanCooper.com. My team was able to raise several thousands of dollars thanks to your generosity.
I am passionate about giving back to organizations that have a major impact to the quality of life of people we know and love. While most of my philanthropy is geared towards Oakville and Burlington organizations, 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. And so, I was proud to be a participant in a triathlon to raise money for one of the most prevalent diseases of our lifetime.
The Dan Cooper Team is dedicated to giving back to the community and we support numerous causes, from youth sports teams to major fundraising events such as the Dan Cooper Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament held last month at Glen Abbey for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton, Comic Vision, the most successful evening of stand-up comedy and fundraiser for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Oakville Hospital Foundation’s fundraising campaign for the New Oakville Hospital, and the Oakville Centre of the Performing Arts, just to name a few. Being able to do something that will change the lives of others for the better is the best gift of all. And so, I encourage everyone to get involved, give what you can to help make the Oakville and Burlington area a great place to live.