Cedars CanSupport

Cedars CanSupport
Cedars Cancer Institute

Cedars Cancer Institute
Cedars CanSupport Dragon Boat Race & Festival

Cedars CanSupport Dragon Boat Race & Festival
Fuller Landau LLP

Fuller Landau LLP

May 07, 2014 07:00 ET

Countdown Begins for the 9th Annual Cedars CanSupport 'Rain or Shine' Dragon Boat Race and Festival

Event hopes to raise $600,000 for the fight against cancer

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - May 7, 2014) - The countdown to the 9th Annual Cedars CanSupport 'Rain or Shine' Dragon Boat Race and Festival, presented by Fuller Landau, is officially on. Event organizers held a launch party for the festival last night to welcome new participants and get returning ones excited for the upcoming race.

"The launch party is something we look forward to every year, it sets the tone for the September event and gets us all on the same page," said Michael Newton, Managing Partner of Fuller Landau, presenting sponsor for the event, which is also fielding two boats. "Being reunited and together under one roof with our paddlers created a buzz in the air. We're so excited to take part again this year!"

This year's festival itself will be held on Saturday, September 20th with a goal is to raise more than $600,000 for the CanSupport program at the Cedars Cancer Institute, which provides free psychosocial, practical and humanitarian assistance for cancer patients and their families. At least 40 colourful dragon boats, propelled by more than 800 participants, are expected take to the Lachine Canal, some coming from as far away as Ottawa, Ontario and Harrington, Quebec.

"A $750 commitment per participant on a 20-person boat is what it takes to join the fun and make a difference in the lives of many," said Gwen Andrews Nacos, Director and Founder of Cedars CanSupport. "Many Canadians are facing a personal trial related to cancer. Saying yes to a day of fun, camaraderie and healthy competition is an easy and rewarding choice for participants, myself included."

The Launch Party also formally announced the Cedars CanSupport 25th Anniversary Tribute Evening, which will take place on Thursday, September 18th and will celebrate 25 years of CanSupport.

Entering a dragon boat for the fundraiser requires a minimum donation of $12,500. Spaces are still available to anyone interested in participating. To register a boat, visit www.cedarsdragons.ca.

Founded in 2006, the CanSupport Dragon Boat Race & Festival has raised over $3-million to date. Fuller Landau has been the presenting sponsor of the event since 2008 and had some 40 employees participating in the race last year.

About the Cedars Cancer Institute

The Cedars Cancer Institute is a hospital-based charity whose mission is to provide comprehensive cancer care for all cancer patients - pediatric, adolescent and young adult (AYA), adults and those in palliative care - who are being treated at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The Cedars Cancer Institute fulfills this mission by providing much-needed funds to:

  • Purchase state-of-the-art diagnostic oncology equipment
  • Improve facilities for the treatment and care of cancer patients. Accomplishments include the creation of the Cedars Breast Clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital, renovations to Sarah's Floor - the hematology/oncology division at the Montreal Children's Hospital, renovations to the Palliative Care Unit at the Montreal General Hospital, and much more
  • Run the Cedars CanSupport program, which offers free psychosocial, practical and humanitarian assistance to cancer patients and their families, as well as financial assistance through the Wilfrid Howick Humanitarian Endowment Fund
  • Support cancer research through the Henry R. Shibata Fellowship Award
  • Provide annual visiting professorships in oncology that bring world-renowned researchers, educators and physicians to the McGill teaching hospitals - the Vivian Saykaly Visiting Professorship in Medical Oncology and the Edward J. Tabah Visiting Professorship in Surgical Oncology
  • Improve awareness of cancer-related issues through free public lectures and educational programs

About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and The Best Care for Life Campaign

One of the world's foremost academic health centres, the MUHC offers exceptional and integrated patient-centric care, research, teaching and technology assessment. Affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, it is highly committed to the continuum of care in its community. The partner hospitals of the MUHC-the Lachine Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute, the Montreal General Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Montreal Children's Hospital- value multidisciplinary service throughout the lifespan, innovative technologies and practices, strategic partnerships and leadership in knowledge transfer. The MUHC is currently carrying out a $2.35-billion Redevelopment Project on three sites-the Glen, and the Montreal General and Lachine hospitals-designed to provide healthcare professionals with an effective environment in which to ensure patients and their families benefit from The Best Care for Life. The sites are also anchored in best sustainable-development practices, including LEED® and BOMA BESt guidelines www.muhc.ca muhc.ca/construction

The Best Care for Life Campaign is an unprecedented philanthropic effort aimed at raising the funds needed to complete the McGill University Health Centre's Redevelopment Project as well as the Capital Development Plan. muhc.ca/cause

About Fuller Landau LLP

Celebrating its 50th year, Fuller Landau LLP is a full-service chartered professional accounting and business advisory firm. The professionals at Fuller Landau are a blend of young, dynamic partners and seasoned consultants working to improve the net worth of current and future clients. Praised by Canadian Business Magazine and Maclean's Magazine for its service offering and work environment, Fuller Landau provides a full range of financial services. The firm, founded in 1963, has more than 80 employees and is guided by its eight core principles: excellence, confidence, innovation, passion, leadership, creativity, team spirit, and empathy. Fuller Landau LLP is a founding member of the Leading Edge Alliance (www.leadingedgealliance.com), an international network of independently owned professional accounting and consulting firms. To learn more about Fuller Landau, visit www.flmontreal.com.

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