2018 Cancer Chase a SUCCESS!

Published in The BANAR November, 2018

Cancer Chase 2018The 2018 Blackburn Hamlet Cancer Chase was held on Sunday, October 14 at 1660 Bearbrook Road. We had a record turn out this year and more than doubled last year’s registrant record of 80. In total, we had 67 registered Running Room individuals, 50 registered with the Running Room as a team, and 46 people register on the day of… for a grand total of 163 people! No matter how much is raised, the Chase was an incredible success!

We are still waiting on a donation total from the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, but are confident that whatever is raised will be put to good use by the Ottawa Hospital and its’ world-renowned group of cancer researchers. The Blackburn Hamlet Cancer Chase is unique, as all funds raised are directed solely to cancer research in the Ottawa area. This year, the funds will be used to support the research of Dr. John Bell. Dr. Bell’s research focuses on the identification and characterization of cancer killing therapeutic viruses. These viruses selectively infect and kill cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells and tissues unharmed. Oncolytic virus research represents one of the most promising and exciting developments in modern cancer research.

The Blackburn Hamlet Cancer Chase was put together by a dedicated group of volunteers. These volunteers gave their time, energy and sweat equity in the hopes of providing the Blackburn Hamlet community with an engaging event, all while supporting a noble cause. These volunteers worked tirelessly and deserve many thanks and much recognition! Many thanks to the core volunteer team made up of Ruwan Amaratunga, Milaine Keutchankeu, Eileen Lindsay, Leslie Cartwright, Winston MacDonald, Belinda Leung and Stephenie Horne. Also, many thanks to the numerous day of volunteers that showed up on October 14th to ensure the Cancer Chase went off without a hitch! Also, many thanks to our wonderful sponsors who donated their time and goods. This year, we were able to provide over 150 participants with “swag bags” due to the generosity of our amazing sponsors. Please consider supporting these businesses the next time you need goods or services.

Our Cancer Chase team will be taking a few months off, but will be looking for capable, supportive community individuals and sponsors to help us make the 2019 Cancer Chase even better than the last. Be sure to keep in touch (info@cancerchase.com) and think of us if you can spare some time in 2019!

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