Chad Cieslik

Chad CieslikA lot of wonderful people do a lot of wonderful things in the name of supporting worthy causes…and then, there is Chad Cieslik.

January 25 was Wear It Pink Day across Canada, as we celebrated our commitment to conquering women’s cancers in our lifetime. It also marked the kick-off to this year’s Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend To End Women’s Cancers. The event, which was the 10th anniversary of this momentous event, which, since its inception, has raised a staggering $123.4 million for critical research, clinical enhancements and survivorship programs at The Princess Margaret.

While many people wore pink articles of clothing to exhibit their support (and both the CN Tower and City Hall were lit up in pink to show their support), Chad stepped out as he so often does and supported Wear It Pink Day by not only wearing pink but by walking 60 kilometres on a treadmill set up at a Shoppers Drug Mart location in Toronto.

From 8AM until 7PM, taking brief breaks each hour for sustenance, Chad approximated The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend To End Women’s Cancers itself (there is a 30 km, one-day option as well as the traditional 60 km, two-day walk).

Well-wishers and registered walkers dropped by through the day to cheer Chad on, and the media dropped in to cover Chad’s heroic feat.

But what makes the Wear It Pink Day stunt even more heroic is Chad himself. He has participated in more than 50 fundraising events for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, including every single Weekend To End Women’s Cancers held across the country through the past 9 years. Chad also captains the sizable Butterflies of Hope teams in The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend To End Women’s Cancers. And to add to this superman’s story, Chad is also being treated for cancer.

Chad Cieslik’s 11-hour Wear It Pink Day feat concluded at 7:00 that evening. The restaurant across the street from Shoppers Drug Mart summoned him over and handed him a tall, cold glass of Stella Artois – which just happens to be Chad’s beverage of choice.

Chad smiled. “Now we try to recuperate from the aches and pains, and there are a lot of them.”

 

The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend To End Women’s Cancers is a national event. We need you when we take to the streets, united in one ground-breaking movement to advance Personalized Cancer Medicine and end all women’s cancers.

Reviewed: October 2013