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Annual Fundraising Gala - Spice up your life!

March 22, 2018

Save the Date - details to follow

Dress in Blue Day

March 2, 2018

On Dress in Blue Day, and throughout Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, you can help raise awareness about the second most common cancer in Canada. Friday March 2nd, we are encouraging families, businesses and organizations to dress in blue to show support for those touched by colorectal cancer, and to also share important information on how a healthy lifestyle and effective screening can save lives.

Why Go Blue? Dress in Blue Day is a good opportunity to engage in an activity that raises awareness about colorectal cancer prevention, while celebrating survivors and remembering loved ones lost too soon. In addition, organizing a fundraiser in your community forges stronger bonds between friends and neighbors while supporting the Colorectal Cancer Canada mission. We are the country’s leading colorectal cancer not for profit patient organization dedicated to colorectal cancer awareness and education, supporting patients and their families and advocating on their behalf.

How to Go Blue?

• Ask friends and families to show their support by wearing blue
• Hold a contest for the most creative blue outfits
• Distribute colorectal cancer awareness materials
• Decorate your home or workplace with blue lights and blue accents
• Share on social media why this cause matters to you

5 steps to raise money for the cause

1. Visit
2. Create a team
3. Set a goal
4. Start fundraising
5. Wear blue

For more information, visit or contact Frank Pitman at (514) 875-7745 ext. 2529


Decembeard 2017

So, you want to grow a beard? Or maybe you already have one and want to use your bristles to make a difference in the fight against colorectal cancer?


The Challenge

During the month of December, get sponsored to grow a beard. If you already have a beautiful bushy beard, why not decorate it - did someone say human Christmas tree?

Get crafty and share the results with us! Sign-up today!

The Participants

Alone or in a team, men and women can participate in this challenge! Can’t grow a beard? Just put on a fake one or paint one on. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

The Cause

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada? The money you help raise will go towards funding the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada’s educational and support programs.

The Goal $100,000

Thank you for your participation!

Register or donate!

Meat Free Week

September 18 - 24, 2017

This September, challenge yourself, your friends, your family and your colleagues to give up meat for a week and raise funds for a great cause!

+ Sign up and create your Meat Free Week online fundraising page.

+ Write a short blurb about why you’re participating in Meat Free Week.

+ Upload a profile picture.

+ Select your fundraising target.

+ Encourage everyone you know to make a donation in support of your Meat Free Week efforts by sharing your unique fundraising page URL.

+ Spread the word

+ Start fundraising early and share your plans with others.

+ Use your personal fundraising page to invite friends via email or Social Media.

+ Tweet your support and/or Instagram your favourite meat free meals.

+ The social media buttons on your personal fundraising page will help make this easier.

+ Plan your week

+ Check out the delicious meat free recipes provided by our favourite chefs and foodies.

+ Stock up on supplies.

+ Have fun!

+ You’re on

+ Once Meat Free Week has started, share pictures of your meals on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and be sure to tag us #MeatFreeWeek.

+ Let us know which recipes are your favourites and which ones are the biggest crowd pleasers.

+ Keep up the momentum and be proud of your efforts - every dollar will make a difference!

Like us on Facebook @MeatFreeWeek and @BowelCancerAustralia

Follow us on Twitter @MeatFreeWeekOrg and @BowelCancerAust and if tweeting, remember to hashtag #MeatFreeWeek.

Follow us on Instagram @MeatFreeWeek and @BowelCancerAustralia and remember to use the hashtag #MeatFreeWeek.

+Vegetarian or Vegan

If you’re already living meat free, there are still plenty of ways you can get involved - recruit or sponsor a meat-eating friend, make a donation or check out our other ideas here.

Meat Free Week 2017 Website Intenational

+Meat Free Week International

Meat Free Week continues to grow in size and popularity, and now includes supporters in Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Wherever you are in the world we encourage you to take the Meat Free Week challenge and raise funds for a great cause - click here to register.

You may like to consider signing up to support one of our international charity friends – sign up to fundraise for Bowel Cancer NZ, sign up to fundraise for Colon Cancer Alliance (USA), sign up to fundraise for Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, sign up to fundraise for World Land Trust (UK) - or celebrating the completion of your Meat Free Week challenge by making a donation to a cause of your choice.

+Take the Meat Free Week-End Challenge

If you missed the start of Meat Free Week, or don’t think you can manage a whole week without meat, we encourage you to give a Meat Free Week-end a try this 23rd and 24th September, or help us to begin the week with a Meat Free Monday on the 18th September.

Questions? Check out our Meat Free Week FAQs or Contact Us.

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

It’s time to get our golf on! Join us on September 28th at Lebovic Golf Club to raise money for colon cancer research while practising our golf swing. Register here today to secure your spot on the course:


Colorectal Cancer Information Session

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

“Offering Liver Transplantation to Patients with Unresectable Liver Metastases from Colorectal Cancer”

Presented by: Dr. Gonzalo Sapisochin, HPB Surgical Oncologist Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

You all know that surgical treatment of liver mets can be curative and offers a distinct survival advantage when compared to chemo. But what if the liver mets can’t be surgically removed? Can liver transplantation be curative in select patients with unresectable, but non-progressing disease? There is a clinical study that is currently addressing that very question.

Dr. Sapisochin’s presentation will examine the early experience of offering liver transplantation to patients with unresectable liver mets from colorectal cancer, from study design and patient selection to patient outcomes. He will then describe the evolution of that idea into the current clinical trial using “living donor liver transplantation” (LDLT). LDLT has the advantage of being an elective surgery allowing for more control over pre-transplant chemo and tumor monitor. This will be an exciting presentation that should not be missed. Dr. Sapisochin will be happy to entertain patient and caregiver questions about the trial and more.

When: August 20th, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Where: Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House 2545 Sixth Line, Oakville

To Register:


Phone: 1 877 502 6566 x232

Asking questions and seeking answers is a sure sign of good coping. Together we can make a difference!

The Giant Colon Tour - Kingston


Sunday June 25th, 2017

Colorectal cancer does not discriminate against age. Statistics show a rise in young onset of colorectal cancer. Help the CCAC by spreading the word and join us in one of our marathons to support the cause!

Run, Jog, Walk - there is a level and intensity option for everyone! Please join us in supporting the CCAC by registering for the Charity Challenge in either the 5K or half marathon. Can’t make the race, donations are greatly appreciated as well.

Join the fight against colon cancer!


National Cancer Survivors’Day

June 4th, 2017

As part of the 30th annual National Cancer Survivors Day®, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world will unite on Sunday, June 4, 2017, to celebrate life and raise awareness of the challenges faced by cancer survivors.

2017 NCSD logoCancer affects everyone. With more than 15.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the U.S. today – and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide – everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. On Sunday, June 4, 2017, communities around the world will gather to recognize these cancer survivors as part of the 30th annual National Cancer Survivors Day®.

National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life that is held on the first Sunday in June. Hundreds of cities across the U.S. and abroad will hold celebrations on this day to acknowledge the cancer survivors in their community, to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face because of their disease, and – most importantly – to celebrate life.

According to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, administrator for the celebration, “A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.”

“Life after cancer is about more than just surviving. It’s about living well. It’s celebrating milestones and thriving in spite of adversity,” says Foundation spokesperson, Laura Shipp. “National Cancer Survivors Day® is an opportunity for cancer survivors – and those who support them – to come together and celebrate life, celebrate the fact that, for the majority of survivors, cancer isn’t the death sentence that it once was.

“Over the last few decades, we’ve made great progress when it comes to cancer survival. And that’s absolutely something to celebrate. However, as many survivors will tell you, the effects of cancer don’t end when treatment does. Cancer survivors face ongoing, often long-lasting, hardships because of their disease. On National Cancer Survivors Day®, we want to raise awareness of the many challenges of cancer survivorship and advocate for further research, more resources, and increased public awareness to improve the lives of cancer survivors.”

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation is encouraging everyone – cancer survivors, caregivers, healthcare professionals, family members, and friends – to join their community’s NCSD celebration. To find the one nearest you, check with your local cancer treatment center, hospital, or American Cancer Society office. Or you can host an event of your own using the resources available through the National Cancer Survivors Day® website,

The nonprofit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation offers free guidance, education, networking resources, and assistance to hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host official National Cancer Survivors Day® events in their communities. The Foundation’s primary mission is to bring awareness to the issues of cancer survivorship in order to better the quality of life for cancer survivors.

Because of the great strides researchers have made in preventing, detecting, and treating cancer, more people are surviving and living longer after cancer than ever before. However, many survivors face limited access to healthcare specialists, inadequate or no insurance, difficulty finding employment, and psychosocial struggles. Once active treatment ends, cancer survivors still must cope with the long-term effects of cancer, which can include ongoing physical and emotional side effects, increased risk for second primary cancers and other health problems, and potentially devastating financial setbacks.

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, along with NCSD 2017 national supporters Coping with Cancer magazine, Elekta, Genentech, Janssen, Seattle Genetics, and Teva Oncology, is encouraging citizens across the globe to stand with these survivors on National Cancer Survivors Day® and make a commitment to addressing the challenges of cancer survival.

“The progress researchers are making in cancer treatment is amazing to witness,” says Shipp. “And we’re also starting to see more efforts being made to address the challenges cancer survivors face beyond treatment. But, now more than ever, it is vital that we work to ensure cancer survivors are not forgotten once active treatment ends.”

Leading up to the 30th annual National Cancer Survivors Day®, the NCSD Foundation urges everyone to spread the message that life after cancer is about more than just surviving. It is about living well.

On Facebook: Life after cancer is about more than just surviving. It’s about living well. Now is the time to address the challenges of cancer survival. Join us as we #CelebrateLife and raise awareness on National Cancer Survivors Day, June 4. #NCSD2017

On Twitter: Life after cancer is about more than just surviving. #CelebrateLife, raise awareness on National Cancer Survivors Day, June 4. #NCSD2017

Free graphics are also available for download to share on social media sites to show support for National Cancer Survivors Day®.

About the Foundation

The nonprofit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation offers free guidance, education, networking resources, and assistance to hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host National Cancer Survivors Day® events in their communities. The Foundation’s primary mission is to bring awareness to the issues of cancer survivorship in order to better the quality of life for cancer survivors.

About National Cancer Survivors Day®

National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual, treasured Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide, and around the world, on the first Sunday in June. On National Cancer Survivors Day®, thousands gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring. NCSD offers an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer – including America’s 15.5 million cancer survivors – to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.


Strike Out Colon Cancer

Saturday June 3, 2017

Help Us Strike Out Colon Cancer at the 6th Annual Baseball Game in memory of Stephen “Diggs” Lisiak in Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec – June 3rd, 2017 at 11:30 am

Food, Fun and Entertainment for the entire family at this great fundraising event taking place at Frederick Wilson Park, 98 Fredmir in DDO.

For more info or to make a donation click here


The Giant Colon Tour - Smith Falls

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Head to Downtown Smiths Falls on Saturday, June 17, 2017 for a day of fun-filled, health and fitness oriented activities! Sponsored by the Rideau Community Health Services, The Giant Colon will welcome peole from the region to promote colorectal cancer awareness and screening.

The Healthy Living Festival has something for all ages! Whether you are interested in learning more about healthy lifestyle choices or looking to experience a fun and exciting day with the family, the Healthy Living Festival is the place for you!

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Colorectal cancer does not discriminate against age. Statistics show a rise in young onset of colorectal cancer. Help the CCAC by spreading the word and join us in one of our marathons to support the cause! Next one is in Calgary!

To participate or make a donation click here


Canada 150 in Calgary!

It’s not every day you’re invited to a 150th Birthday Bash! Save the date – May 25 to 28, 2017

Canada’s Marathon is celebrating the sesquicentennial in style. We have partnered with iconic Canadian artist, David Crighton on event t-shirts and commemorative Toonie finisher medals. On course you will discover quirky and cool things that make each region unique and special, fuel up on maple syrup waffles and run along side Flagbearers reppin’ each province and territory! Stay tuned more to come!

Start wherever you are. Finish Strong Proud & Free at The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon.


Saturday, May 20th, 2017

The 4th Annual Giants Head Grind - Christopher Walker Memorial Race, returns to Summerland, BC on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Runners, Walkers, Crawlers... and again this year Cyclists are invited To "Climb The Giant" in Summerland, BC from Peach Orchard Park to Giants Head Peak.

The Summerland Rotary Club utilizes the funds raised for Colon Cancer detection, diagnostics and research as well as to support the continued upkeep and improvement of the trail system in Giants Head Park.

This year, we encourage you to support Ellen Matthews whose son passed away at the age of 28 from colorectal cancer. A constant reminder that this disease does not discriminate - it can affect anyone at any time.

Run for the cause or donate to support those that will.


Colorectal Cancer Information Session: "The Treatment of Advanced Colorectal Cancer"

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

One of the CCAC’s support groups CCRAN in Oakville will be hosting two of our MAB members, Drs. Yooj Ko and Paul Karanicolas on Sunday, April 23rd at 1:00 p.m. at Wellspring.

They will be delivering a thoughtful presentation on the management of colorectal cancer and then entertaining questions from patients and their caregivers. Those who wish to attend need to call the CCAC to register.

Hope to see you there!

Anal Cancer Awareness Day

March 21, 2017

March 4 - 5, 2017

Dress in Blue Day

March 3, 2017

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This year we are hoping to have the most successful Dress in Blue Day for March Awareness yet. For all those who have suffered because of colorectal cancer; whether a caregiver, patient, or survivor, this day and month is dedicated to you.

We ask you, your family, friends, and colleagues to dress in blue on March 3rd or any other day in the month of March to support all those who have been affected by colorectal cancer in some way.

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) is dedicated to increasing awareness of colorectal cancer, supporting patients, and advocating for accessible services. Partner with the CCAC for March Awareness and help us spread the word on this preventable, treatable and beatable disease! It is as easy as dressing in blue for one day, to sign up visit: Dress in Blue Day or you can make a donation to the cause!



February 24 & 25, 2017

World Cancer Day

February 4, 2017

Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.

World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.

Here are a few of the Canadian Events on the Program. For the full list click here

Canadian Cancer Survivor Network Open House
Date: 3 February 2017

CCSN would like to invite all cancer survivors, patients, caregivers, friends and families to our office on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 to help show support for World Cancer Day. Join us from 3pm-5pm and meet fellow survivors as well as others who have been affected by cancer.

Looking to attend? Please send a note to Kati Oliver ( to RSVP.

What is World Cancer Day?

A truly global event taking place every year on February 4th (please note that our Open House is on February 3rd) World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.

It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

Why World Cancer Day is important

Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).

World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media.

We look forward to seeing you on February 3rd, 2017!



1750 Courtwood Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2C 2B5 Canada

Kiss and Cry - Film Premiere in 3 Cities

Kiss and Cry is a feature film based on the true story of Carley Allison, an up-and-coming figure skater and singer who finds love just as she is diagnosed with an incredibly rare 1 in 3.5 billion form of cancer. The film stars Luke Bilyk, Chantal Kreviazuk and Sarah Fisher, who was Carley Allison’s real-life best friend.

Date: 4 February 2017


Location: Globe Cinema
617 8 Avenue Southwest
Calgary, AB T2P 1H1 Canada


Location: Metro Cinema/Garneau
8712 109 ST NW E
Edmonton, AB T6G 1E9 Canada

Date: 7 February 2017



Location: 10268 Yonge Street Richmond Hill, Ontario Richmond Hil, ON Canada