October 22, 2018
Third Annual Cedars Run for Ovarian Cancer raises $195,000 and counting.
All proceeds support Dr. Lucy Gilbert’s DOvEE Project.
Montreal, Monday October 15, 2018 – The Cedars Cancer Foundation announced today that its Run for Ovarian Cancer, which was held on Sunday, October 14, in the Town of Mount Royal, raised a record $195,000 and counting. Founded by ovarian cancer survivor and avid long-distance runner Dominique Dagenais, the Run raises money and awareness for the Detecting Ovarian and Endometrial Cancers Early (DOvEE) Project, a leading-edge ovarian cancer research program based at the MUHC.
“I was delighted by the number of runners who participated and by the spirit they showed,” said Ms. Dagenais. “It is so important to raise awareness about this deadly disease, which claims the lives of far too many women every year,” she continued. “My cancer was detected just by chance and just in time, and I had the good fortune to be diagnosed and treated by Dr. Gilbert and her team. Not everyone is so lucky,” she added.
The Run received a $100,000 boost from the Chamandy family
This year’s Run got a significant boost from Sandy, Lisa and Andrea Chamandy, who donated $100,000 to the cause. “My daughters and I are delighted to be able to support Dr. Gilbert’s DOvEE Project and to help fight the battle against ovarian cancer,” says Sandy. “My father, Allan, was a past president of the Cedars Cancer Foundation - an organization he helped to build and served tirelessly for many years. He would have been pleased that we are supporting such important research,” added daughter Lisa, who sits on the Cedars Board. “Dr. Gilbert and her team at the MUHC are world leaders in the early detection of ovarian and endometrial cancers,” said daughter Andrea, who is also an active fundraiser for Cedars. “As a Montrealer and as a woman, that makes me very proud.”
The Run supported cutting-edge ovarian cancer research
Dr. Lucy Gilbert, who is the Director of Gynecologic Cancer Services at the MUHC, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Oncology at McGill University, and the founder of the DOvEE Project, was at the Run to talk about her work and to cheer-on participants. “Let’s put things in perspective: if you look at technologies, like smartphones and computers, the improvements over the last 30 years have been astonishing,” said Dr. Gilbert. “On the other hand, there has been virtually no improvement in the early diagnosis or cure rate of ovarian cancer in that same time period. It’s just not acceptable.” Dr. Gilbert and her team recently developed a new test, in collaboration with researchers from Johns Hopkins University, that provides a safe and minimally-invasive method of detecting ovarian and endometrial cancers at an earlier stage than was previously possible. Although it is not yet available to patients, it is a critical step toward improving survival rates. “If a cancer can be detected early, it can be cured,” explained Dr. Gilbert.
“We are very grateful for the support of event sponsors, partners and volunteers for making this important Run possible. We also wish to thank the many corporations and individuals who heeded the call, made donations and participated,” concluded Jeff Shamie, President and CEO of the Cedars Cancer Foundation. “We not only raised money for life-saving cancer research and care, but also critical awareness about an often-deadly disease.”
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