SUDBURY – Cambrian College and the Canadian Cancer Society, Sudbury and District Unit, invite you to attend the campaign launch of the eighth annual Teddy Bear Picnic Auction, an event that raises funds for childhood cancer research.
The Canadian Cancer Society is the largest charitable funder of childhood cancer research in Canada. Throughout the past seven years, the Teddy Bear Picnic Auction has raised more than $71,000 locally for the cause, including more than $16,000 in 2013 alone. Students in Cambrian’s Police Foundations program are once again playing a key role in organizing the event.
This year, 12-year old Mathieu Cresswell will be part of the campaign launch and auction, along with his mom, Chanda. Mathieu has an advanced cancerous brain tumour called Oligodendroglioma Cat III. He completed 16 months of treatments in June, which included radiation and two forms of chemotherapy. To date, he has had two brain surgeries.
“We are in a wait-and-see situation,” Chanda says. “We will be following up with MRIs and CT scans every three months for a couple of years, as long as no tumour returns.”
Chanda is thankful for all the support the Canadian Cancer Society has provided to date.
“Before my son became ill, we knew very little about cancer and how it can be financially devastating to families,” she explains. “The Canadian Cancer Society has played a very important role during my son’s treatment. They have provided assistance with our travelling expenses to Sick Kids hospital in Toronto and for our taxi rides to and from the airport. There have been many times when we travelled as much as three times in one month for treatments and appointments. This is extremely expensive and difficult to afford when you have to give up contracts or miss work.”
Mathieu is eager to speak about his experiences. Please join us for the launch of the eighth annual Teddy Bear picnic campaign.
Guests and members of the media are invited to attend the campaign launch and to meet the Cresswell family.
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Main foyer, Barrydowne Campus
Students from Cambrian’s Police Foundations program, and representatives from the Canadian Cancer Society and the College, including Cambrian president Bill Best, will introduce this year’s fundraising campaign.
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Mary Katherine Keown
(705) 566-8101, ext. 6876
Canadian Cancer Society, Sudbury and District Unit
(705) 670-1234, ext. 3711