The 2014 Toronto Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers benefiting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Lab Lifesavers

A Bigger Team Means a Bigger Impact at the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer!

The Lab Lifesavers will be walking for a third year in a row! 

Last year, the Lab Lifesaver team included members from across all divisions in the Laboratory Medicine Program at UHN. With a team of 26 people, the group was able to raise $44,170.50 for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Pam and Cherry with some firefighters

Pam and Cherry with some firefighters

Over $1,500 of the group’s total donations came from the LMP Staff Lunch and weekly 50/50 draws – allowing all members of the Laboratory Medicine Program to support the team and the cause, even if they weren’t walking.

The walk was spread over the weekend of September 7 – 8 and was over 32km on the first day or 60 km for the entire weekend. It was a tough walk for some, but the feeling of walking as a team for a great cause made it all worth it.

When the walk was over and the team headed into the Rogers Centre, “it was so cool when you walked into the Rogers Centre and a guy on a mic was announcing your name and your face was on the JumboTron.  I never felt so important in my life! What a relief and sense of accomplishment,” she added.

Not everyone on the team was able to walk, but some Lab Lifesavers still wanting to support the cause volunteered as “crew members.”

According to Chris Cursio, who acted as a crew member, “it was nice to be able to participate as a crew member; our snack/lunch station team quickly became friends as the weather grew more challenging on the Saturday. We stared to cheer in unison as the next group of walkers came through. I’d crew again in a heartbeat!”

Once again Dr. Sylvia Asa, the Medical Director of the Laboratory Medicine Program, served as the Team Captain for the group, but this year she was joined by Dianne Chadwick who encouraged people to sign up and join the team. After the walk, a particularly favourite moment of Dianne’s was the after party featuring Burton Cummings as “he was fabulous,” she said.

For Pam McCartin, a first time walker on the team, it was an event to remember as “in spite of the rain we all walked with purpose and determination (Cherry Have and I walked the whole 32 km!). What most impressed me was the amount of community involvement.”

Chris, Yvonne, Mary and Andy

Chris, Yvonne, Mary and Andy

Barb, Maria and Cherry

Barb, Maria and Cherry

And fellow walker Cherry Have loved the team t-shirts as “once the rain stopped we could proudly display our shirts which were recognized by others at the walk!”

Maria, Tom and Fatima

Maria, Tom and Fatima

After the walk, Brad Davis told everyone how “the walk is a genuine and emotional expression of the care and commitment that LMP brings to the fight against cancer. The fund-raising lunches, the 50/50 draws, walkers, crew members and pledges from our colleagues all helped us to come together as one team, one cause, one team effort!!”

Well done to the entire Lab Lifesavers team and all those who came to the staff lunch and purchased 50/50 tickets throughout the summer. Great work!

Join our team! Make a donation! Help us make 2014 a Weekend we’ll never forget!

Lab Lifesavers Raised
Sylvia Asa $4,873.00
Maria Amenta $2,120.00
Yvonne Bedford $5,283.55
Dianne Chadwick $1,875.00
Personal Gift Tom Clancy $1,500.00
Personal Gift Brad Davis $3,280.00
Personal Gift Cherry Have $1,410.00
Michele Henry $2,300.00
Denotes a Team Captain

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