Joe Finley Centre for head and neck cancer research opens thanks to $10.8 million in grassroots fund

What can be accomplished when people catch the triathlon bug and support a worthy cause? Something absolutely historic! 
 
On March 26, 2015, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre announced the opening of the Joe Finley Centre thanks to the efforts of Joe’s Team triathlon/duathlon participants, sponsors and generous donors. Ontario’s dedicated weekend warriors and their supporters have raised enough funds to establish a world-class cancer research centre specializing in head and neck cancers, the same cancer that stole away Joe Finley, the event’s namesake. In just nine years, Joe’s Team has raised more than $10.8 million for critical cancer research.
 
Joe’s Team was created when Joe Finley, who was diagnosed with nasal pharyngeal cancer in August 2004, approached The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation with the dream of creating a fundraising triathlon/duathlon. Joe lost his battle with cancer in October 2010, but his vision continues carried on by his wife Cara, his children Mike and Meagan, and his many friends and colleagues. Because of the $10.8 million raised for head and neck cancer research over the eight years of Joe’s Team, the Head and Neck Cancer Team at The Princess Margaret has grown from four to more than 80 clinicians and researchers, all focused on conquering head and neck cancers.