Childhood Cancer Foundation

Childhood Cancer Foundation

July 19, 2007 10:52 ET

Spokeman Tour for Childhood Cancer

Gives Voice to Ottawa’s Cancer-fighting Kids

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Sports Editor OTTAWA, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - July 19, 2007) - On Wednesday July 25 at 2:00 pm, 19 year old Tim Harriman will share his Spokeman Tour for Childhood Cancer with Ottawa kids fighting cancer, Elgin Fraser's family, hockey loving kids and ordinary Ottawa citizens who want to help cancer kids get a month to call their own.

Harriman's Spokeman tour is a campaign to give a voice to the 10,000 cancer kids in Canada, to raise funds for the Childhood Cancer Foundation and to get September named Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Kidz Versus Cancer, the group that mobilized the nation when everyone's favourite Sens fan Elgin Fraser was ill, is organizing a "Toonies for Tim" drive inviting all of Ottawa to show Canada's cancer kids that Ottawa cares. Tim will be escorted through his day and to the event by "Elgin's Guard," a group of cyclists lead by Eric Kunstadt in honour of Elgin who lost his battle with cancer a few months ago at the age of three.

At the event, scores of young hockey players will hold their sticks aloft creating an arc for Tim and other cancer kids to bike/walk under. Tim will share his journey through cancer with those assembled and accept messages from kids to give to the Prime Minister at some point along or at the end of the tour. Tim will also be accepting signatures on a petition which thousands of people have put their names to, hundreds from the Ottawa area alone. The public is invited to swing by to donate "Toonies for Tim" and to add their name to the petition.

Tim is riding his bike from Victoria to St. John's Newfoundland and along the way he is visiting as many cancer-fighting kids as he can. He is collecting their cards, mementos, works of art and messages about their experiences. His hope is to present these messages to the Prime Minister on behalf of all of Canada's cancer kids.

Public event/Photo/interview op

When:
Wednesday July 25th, 2:00 pm

Where:
BELL SENSPLEX
1565 Maple Grove Road
Kanata, Ontario
On the "Field House" side; in case of inclement weather, the event will move into the building.

Who:
-Tim Harriman, survivor of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a form of cancer in the blood common in children (diagnosed when 14; is 18 now almost 19)
-Ottawa/Ontario cancer-fighting kids who will create art and messages and then present Harriman with their carefully crafted messages for the PM.
-Mary Lye from the Childhood Cancer Foundation and herself the mother of a childhood cancer survivor.
-Harriman's mother and father who have driven the support RV for much of the tour
-Edwina Eddy, founder of the national Candlelighters organization, which is now Childhood Cancer Foundation. Eddy lost her son Bryan to cancer.

Harriman has two goals:
1. He would like to help cancer fighting kids get September proclaimed Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Canada as it is elsewhere, including in the US. He has started an online petition which is accessible at www.spokemantour.com.
2. He would like to raise $100,000 for the Childhood Cancer Foundation, which is the only national charity dedicated entirely to fighting childhood cancer in Canada.

Having kicked off his Spokeman Tour for Childhood Cancer in Victoria on Sunday June 3, Harriman, who hails from Airdrie Alberta, will finish his ride in St. John's Newfoundland on Saturday August 25th. All told, Harriman's cross country trip will take a total of approximately 84 days, span 7738 kms, and will consist of an estimated 412 hrs of riding. Harriman will visit with as many cancer kids as possible including at a number of pediatric oncology centers and will also visit with non hospitalized cancer-fighting kids as he goes.

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 funds research, provides support programs, and advocates for children and their families who are affected by cancer. It has 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.
Harriman has raised more than $50,000 so far and should soon hit a thousand signatures on his petition. Information about Harriman's trip, including bios and route information can be found at www.spokemantour.com

Note to editors: B-roll, art available upon request. /For further information: or to arrange for an interview:
Susan McLennan
Babble On Communications
Ph: (416) 699-1846
Cell: (416) 568-5974
Email: susan@babbleoncom.com
Web: www.babbleoncom.com

Deborah Keegan
Babble On Communications
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Cell: (416) 525-5177
Email: deborah@babbleoncom.com

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