THE SECOND ANNUAL RUN, WALK & ROLL FOR CANCER PREVENTION

May 26, 2005 14:18 ET

LACING UP FOR CANCER PREVENTION FUNDRAISER - MAY 28 & 29, 2005

In conjunction with the National Capital Race Weekend Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 26, 2005) - One hundred and forty 'movers' ranging in ages from two to eighty-one will be in Ottawa this weekend to participate in the Second Annual Run, Walk & Roll for Cancer Prevention.The purpose of this innovative event is to raise funds to educate all Canadians - politicians included -about the need to take action for cancer prevention. "We all know about runs for the cure, but prevention is the single best opportunity we have to turn the tide against the cancer epidemic we're now experiencing in Canada," says Liz Armstrong, one of the principal organizers of the event and a founding member of the Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition.The Canadian Cancer Society reports one in every three women in this country - and nearly half of all Canadian men - will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime. By 2010, cancer will surpass heart disease to become the leading cause of death in Canada. Scientists tell us well over 50 per cent of all cancers can be prevented with the knowledge we now have. Aside from not smoking and exercising regularly - two keys to preventing cancer - there are many other important ways to eliminate carcinogens and other toxins from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and from our homes and workplaces. "Less than five per cent of our annual cancer budgets are targeted for prevention," adds Loretta Michaud of the Workers Health and Safety Centre," another key organizer of the Run, Walk & Roll for Cancer Prevention. "This must change. Of course the quest for better treatments and cures needs to continue, but if we neglect prevention, well … we'll keep getting more of the same, which to my mind is unacceptable. Those who have endured the needless and often unspeakable pain that cancer brings are not just statistics, they are our mothers, brothers, children, best friends and co-workers." Several participants in the cancer prevention event will run, walk or roll (on inline skates or wheelchairs) in memory of a loved one taken by this dreaded disease. The Second Annual Run, Walk & Roll for Cancer Prevention is officially sponsored by the Women's Healthy Environments Network and supported by many from the environment and labour movements, including Wayne Samuelson, President, Ontario Federation of Labour, who will be walking with fellow OFL team members in the 10 K event on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. /For further information: Jim Mahon
519.681.3680
jimahon@ody.ca/ IN: ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Janet McNeill, Run, Walk & Roll Coordinator
    Primary Phone: 613-584-2101
    Toll-Free: 888-268-2097
    E-mail: janetmcneill@nrtco.net