Fourth Annual Cancer Chase — a Huge Success

Published in The BANAR November 2015
by Bill Horne

“This year’s Cancer Chase surpassed all expectations, from the number of participants to the amount of money raised on behalf of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation,” said Laura Dudas, Event Chair and Blackburn Community Association President. “This was a testament to the hard work of the volunteer committee. It was an honour to be part of their team.”

Event Director Bill Horne commented “We were pleased to have the support of the Ottawa Gloucester
Hornets Soccer, the cooperation of the City of Ottawa and the NCC for the required permits, the support of the Blackburn Community Association of which we are now a committee, and a day of perfect weather.”

Donations Chair Eileen Lindsay commented, “I was so pleasantly overwhelmed with local and regional business and personal sponsorships and donations in kind, leading to a huge number of incredible silent auction and raffle draw prizes.“

Volunteer Chair Shirley Shea had a small army of helpers to mark the course and help with all the other event chores. “I was happy to have such great support from Lester B. Pearson students and the local Girl Guides, as well as many families.”

The Cancer Chase team met on October 15 at the traditional “lessons learned” Blackburn Arms, and decided there will be a 2016 edition, on Sunday September 25. Same great course and location. And we have listened to your suggestions for improvements. A new website,, was created by Bill’s family a couple weeks in advance of the event, and it will become the principal website of the 2016 Cancer Chase. We are still tallying up the proceeds as the Ottawa Hospital Foundation Community Events site is still open until the end of October for gifts, but we know we have raised well over $11,000 for cancer research here in Ottawa. We are happy cancer chasers!

So please keep in touch, volunteer with us, join our organizing team and support our incredible sponsors.

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