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Comment by AJs Dad on February 9, 2009 at 12:56pm
TORONTO, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - The Childhood Cancer Foundation – Candlelighters Canada (CCF) wants Canadians to know "Small hands can make a big difference" and is challenging Canadians big and small to use their hands to help the more than 10,000 children across Canada currently fighting cancer. From
International Childhood Cancer Day (February 15) to the end of September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month) the Childhood Cancer Foundation is calling on children, parents, schools, community groups and sports teams to organize"Small Hands" fundraisers in their communities for childhood cancer.

"Many people think that because childhood cancer is such an overwhelmingly, complex problem they are helpless to do anything that will make an impact," says Mary Lye, Dirctor of Marketing and Communications, CCF, and the parent of a childhood cancer survivor. "Our new Small Hands
fundraising campaign was specifically designed for individuals or groups to initiate small, personal fundraising campaigns - with goals ranging from $50 to $5,000 - that when pooled together make a big difference."

Recent research by Statistics Canada revealed the predicted five-year survival rate for children and adolescents who are diagnosed with cancer has risen to 82 per cent - which is 11 per cent higher than the rate measured in a previous national study (1985 to 1988). This means that now four out of every
five children diagnosed with cancer will survive their journey. The CCF is committed to undertaking and supporting national initiatives that will result in increased survival rates and ultimately a cure for all childhood cancers.

A list of individual and group Small Hands fundraising suggestions can be found at Popular initiatives include: collecting and donating empty wine and beer bottles, hair cuttings/head shavings, garage sales, accepting donations in lieu of birthday party gifts, dinner parties, barbeques and golf tournaments.

"People can make a real difference," says Cindy Redburn, who lost her son Tanner to cancer in 2005. "Each year in support of Small Hands, and as a tribute in memory of our wonderful son, my husband and I hold a Friends for Life concert in Arthur, Ontario." The Childhood Cancer Foundation's Small Hands fundraising campaign was launched in 2008, and in 2009, the Foundation is working to build national
awareness of the campaign so it can ensure the ten Canadian children who are diagnosed with cancer every school day, along with their families, receive the range of support and information programs they require to help them through their cancer journey. In addition, the CCF funds research through the C(17)
Research Network of Canada's children's hospitals and supports childhood cancer survivors with college/university scholarships to celebrate their second chance at life.

The 2009 Small Hands campaign kicks off on February 15 – International Childhood Cancer Day - the day people around the world unite to raise awareness of childhood cancer and money towards the fight against it. The campaign will close at the end of September - Childhood Cancer Awareness
Month. In addition to encouraging grassroots fundraisers through its Small Hands campaign, The Childhood Cancer Foundation is currently looking for corporate partners to help fund its scholarship and research programs. "We still lose one in five of our cancer kids to the disease. We know that with help from corporate sponsors and individual donors we will reach our goal of a 100 per cent cure," says Lye.

To register a Small Hands event, to read event planning tips or to donate to a participant, please visit

About the Childhood Cancer Foundation - Candlelighters Canada

Established in 1987, the Childhood Cancer Foundation – Candlelighters Canada is the only national charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer in Canada. The Foundation provides support programs, funds research and advocates for children and their families who are affected by cancer. These programs directly contribute to increasing survival rates and quality of life for paediatric cancer patients and their families, and will ultimately help find a cure for all childhood cancers. For more information, visit

For further information: Media Contact: Mary Lye, Childhood Cancer
Foundation, (416) 489-9812,; Cathy Cowan, Sonja
Andic, Cowan & Company, (416) 462-8773,
Comment by Drew Bentz on November 22, 2008 at 2:59pm
Hey, just looking to help where I can. I'm in the Calgary area.
Comment by Leslie on October 28, 2008 at 5:38pm
wow, I am surprised we haven't got more members!
Comment by Leslie on October 24, 2008 at 7:41pm
Hi Canadians, the other day I tried to sign up for the Curesearch newsletter, it only accepts zip codes and does not have Canada listed as yet...I emailed Kate from Curesearch and below I have posted the reply for the rest of you should you want to get on board with Curesearch from Canada, hopefully one day the website may be formated to include Canada....

Kate from Curesearch's reply:

I would recommend that your fellow Canadians send a request to be on the newsletter list to me so that I can be sure they are coded correctly in the database.

The Hospital for Sick Children is a COG member Hospital. Children treated there benefit from the collaborative research of the group.


Kate Shafer, LICSW
Director of Advocacy
CureSearch National Childhood Cancer
4600 East West Highway, #600
Bethesda, MD 20814
(240) 235-2217 ((800) 458-6223 X2217
Comment by AJs Dad on October 9, 2008 at 11:21pm
re: part of the battle - truer words have never been spoken....
Comment by Leslie on October 9, 2008 at 11:15pm
Thankyou for inviting Canada in our joint effort to raise soon as Facebook allows me to message again, I will send out a group message on Gold Ribbon Campaign for Childhood Cancer Awareness asking for Canadians in the group to get on board with PAC!
You are doing awesome work !
Part of the battle will be to group everyone from everywhere in on central location such as PAC...

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