Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada

Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada

January 01, 2007 08:00 ET

Reminder: SCUBA Do-Gooders Dive in to Fight Childhood Cancer

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Sports Editor TORONTO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 1, 2007) - It will be a (frozen) beehive of activity as at least 50 SCUBA divers from across the GTA brave the elements in their black rubber suits, space-age breathing apparatus and funny hats to mark New Year's Day and raise money for a great cause: the Childhood Cancer Foundation.

The water temperature in Toronto Harbour - a glacial 34 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) - will not deter these crazy Canadian divers. For almost 20 years now, Scuba 2000 of Richmond Hill has organized a New Year's Day scuba dive at various watery locations around the GTA.

Humber Bay Park West -

January 1, 1pm

The causes of childhood cancers are in most cases unknown and the types of cancers that occur in children vary greatly from those seen in adults. They tend to occur in different parts of the body, they look different under the microscope and they respond differently to treatment. The immaturity of children's organ systems often has important treatment implications. Leukemias, brain and other nervous system tumours, lymphomas (lymph node cancers), bone cancers, soft tissue sarcomas, kidney cancers, eye cancers, and adrenal gland cancers are the most common cancers of children. Cure rates for children are much higher than for most adult cancers with more than 70% of all children now being completely cured. But if you're a parent of a child with cancer, a 70% cure rate is not good enough.

While Canadians have always generously funded research into adult cancers, Childhood Cancer, with its special need for research, treatment regimens, and family support programs rarely receives the degree of attention that it deserves. A group of community minded SCUBA divers has taken it into their own hands to try to help.

The Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada was founded in 1987, and is the only national charity dedicated entirely to fighting childhood cancer in Canada. The Foundation works with the family during their entire cancer journey. It also funds research, provides support programs, and advocates for children and their families who are affected by cancer. It recently formed an alliance with the Council of Canadian Paediatric Hematology/Oncology Directors, representing all 17 children's hospitals and cancer treatment centres across Canada. Through this unique partnership, the Foundation directly funds nationwide childhood cancer research and supports clinical trials provided in Canada through the US-based Children's Oncology Group.

To make a donation or pledge, please visit
/For further information: Ph: (416) 699-1846
Cell: (416) 568-5974

or dive organizers:

Garrick Halinen
Ph: 905-985-5131

Ritchard Findlay
Ph: 416 561 8042


Contact Information

  • Susan McLennan, Babble On Communications
    Primary Phone: 416-699-1846
    Secondary Phone: 416-568-5974