Attack and Canadian Cancer Society announce Cubs For Cancer fundraising initiative
The Owen Sound Attack, in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society's Bluewater Office, is pleased to announce the inaugural Cubs For Cancer event in support of childhood cancer research and support services.
Centered around Saturday, Nov. 25's game against the Guelph Storm, Cubs For Cancer will see the Attack don special jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game.
"The Attack are thrilled to partner with the Canadian Cancer Society for another year in an effort to put an end to such a terrible disease," said Shaun Bisson, Attack Coordinator of Communications and Community Events.
"Cancer touches the lives of many and we often forget that the youngest of us have to put up such a large fight. This is an unbelievably worthy cause and we look forward to helping the Canadian Cancer Society make an impact on children and their families combating the disease in the Grey-Bruce area," he said.
Unique to Cubs for Cancer, the Attack and Canadian Cancer Society are giving fans two new opportunities to be involved in the fundraising efforts.
Launching today, and running until Sept. 8, fans will have a chance to design the jersey that the Attack players will wear on Nov. 25 against the Storm.
Open to children aged 17 and under, the contest winner will receive a pair of tickets to the game as well as an authentic Cubs For Cancer jersey personalized with their last name and choice of a number.
Supporters will also have the opportunity to participate in a haircut alongside the Attack at the Celebrity Serve the week prior to the game against Guelph.
Participants will be asked to raise at least $200 in pledges towards the event to be able to participate in the haircut with the players. Hair that is donated will go toward making wigs for local cancer patients as part of a program that sees the Canadian Cancer Society offer free wigs to cancer patients in need.
"We are excited to offer the community a chance to be directly involved with this event through both the jersey designing contest and the haircut," said Society Community Fundraising Specialist, Emily Bisson.
"The Attack have always been a fantastic community partner and we look forward to adding to the more than $240,000 we have raised in partnership together. These events wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for the incredible support of our generous community."
To register for the haircut please visit www.cancer.ca/cubsforcancer.
More information surrounding Cubs For Cancer will be announced at a later date.
Childhood cancer is relatively uncommon. However, it remains the most common disease-related cause of death – more than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined. It is second only to injury-related deaths among Canadian children.
Cancer in children creates a large impact on our health, economic and social welfare systems. It also places a burden on the child with cancer and their family. An estimated two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors will have at least one chronic or long-term side effect from their cancer treatment. As more children survive cancer, the need for long-term monitoring and follow-up care will continue to grow.
The Canadian Cancer Society is making progress, with the survival rate increasing to 83% from 66% in 1985. Their researchers have discovered better ways to detect earlier and well as helped find new ways to treat the various cancers children get.