"My brother Steven, 44 years old, father of two girls, Lauren, 16 and Courtney, 14, was always feeling good and never had any problems, except for his diabetes. In December 2009, his energy level felt quite low so he went for some blood tests. His red blood count was below normal, but because my brother had no signs of bleeding, they assumed it was an ulcer. In the middle of January they did both a colonoscopy and gastroscopy. They found a large tumour in my brother's colon. Surgery was approximately two weeks later. My brother was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, which spread to his liver, lymph nodes, stomach areas and other areas in his body.
In May 2010 we did our first walk for Colon Cancer Canada. May 2011 we did our second and it was an unbelievable experience. My brother Steven showed his strength and courage that day as he did every day throughout this battle, when he checked himself out of the hospital to be with all of us. He refused to miss this event and wanted all of us to be together. Unfortunately, Steven passed away only six weeks after the walk and we have all vowed that we will walk together in 2012 in his memory. We made a commitment to Steven that this will be a walk we do forever. We will find a cure!”
Cindy Anisman – 2011 & 2012 National Walk Chair
On May 27, join hockey legend Darryl Sittler and take part in the 16th Annual Walk/Run for Colon Cancer Canada – Push for Your Tush, taking place at the East Don Parkland located at the north-west corner of Leslie and Sheppard. Bring your kids! Bring your parents! Run 10 km, walk 5 km or have your toddler take part in the 1 km Toddler Walk.
All participants will be eligible for fantastic incentives and prizes. There will be face painting, refreshments, t-shirts, tons of prizes and much more! Team costumes are highly encouraged, with prizes awarded to best dressed!
To register for the fundraiser, please visit www.coloncancercanada.ca/walk
WHAT: 16th Annual Colon Cancer Canada Walk/Run – Push for Your Tush
WHEN: Sunday, May 27, 2012
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Walk/Run begins at 10:15 a.m.
Event takes place rain or shine
WHERE: East Don Parkland, NW corner of Leslie and Sheppard, Toronto, Ontario
COST: Online - Individuals $25 / Family $50 (2 adults and children under 18)
Fees include HST
Online registration is encouraged, which closes May 26 at noon.
Walk-ins are more than welcome.
Registration fee waived if you raise $200 or more.
Rain or shine it’s going to be a great day being with the colon cancer community of walkers, runners, families, survivors and supporters. This year, when you register as a family, our Family Fun Day pass is included. The Family Fun Day features bouncy castles, mini-trikes, popcorn, sno-cones, Lick’s veggie burgers, Pizzaiolo Pizza, face painting, live music and much more.
Nearly $3 million of the $6.6 million raised to date by Colon Cancer Canada has been raised by Colon Cancer Canada’s National Walk – Push for Your Tush. This year the walk, celebrating its 16th year, is taking place in Toronto, Aurora, Tri-Cities – Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, Burlington, Durham Region, Vancouver and Calgary.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of both male and female cancer-related deaths in Canada. In 2011 over 22,200 Canadians were diagnosed with colon cancer. Although this is a startling statistic, more startling is the fact that almost half of those diagnosed died. Surprisingly, colon cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. If caught early, over 90% of these cases could and should result in a full recovery.