WORLD’S LARGEST HOCKEY FUNDRAISER RAISES $2.7 MILLION for CANCER RESEARCH

29/09/2018
More than 1,700 participants faced off today at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto and raised $2.7 million as part of the 8th annual Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer. This brings the eight-year total to over $20 million raised.
 
This year’s event featured 145 teams, each playing four games throughout the course of the day. The top fundraising teams had an extra incentive for their efforts – the opportunity to draft and play with a celebrity. Doug Gilmour, Paul Coffey, Shayne Corson, Bryan Berard, and Tomas Kaberle were just a few of the hockey legends who lent their skills and their sticks to help conquer cancer.
 
The money raised supports world-leading research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top five cancer research centres in the world. Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer is one of the top 10 single day athletic fundraisers in Canada and funds raised go to critical new areas of research, including immunotherapy, which has already seen significant breakthroughs.
 
“To make the impossible possible you need a passionate community of supporters to fuel our vision to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime. Combine that with Canada’s favourite pastime and it is a formula for success. Events like this are critical in helping to accelerate cancer research,” says Michael Burns, President & CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.  
 
Toronto’s Sean St. John, who has been a part of Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer since the beginning, can speak to this success.
 
“As a former patient at The Princess Margaret, I experienced – first hand – the benefits of dollars raised through events like Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer. It means a lot to be able to do something for other people going through what I went through. The funds raised save lives, one patient at a time,” says St. John.
 
“We are proud to return as the title sponsor of the Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer,” says Brent Currie, Senior Vice-President Brand Management & Marketing Services and executive champion of the event at Scotiabank. “As an organization Scotiabank is passionate about supporting communities and the game of hockey. In fact, we have supported one million kids and counting through community hockey programs. Through our involvement with this road hockey event, we are bringing together these two passions to raise awareness and funds to conquer cancer in support of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.”
 
As well as the main event, the Official 2018 Scotiabank Kids Zone was in full swing for kids aged 5-15 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. With special games and activities, there was something for the whole family to enjoy.
 
Pizza Pizza also returned as the presenting sponsor for its second year, providing lunch for the participants in order to keep them fuelled throughout the day.
"At Pizza Pizza we are committed to supporting our communities and the people and families within them," says Paul Goddard, President & CEO, Pizza Pizza. "It's an honour to continue to support The Princess Margaret for a second year in their efforts to conquer cancer.” 
 
To thank the participants for all their hard work, the all-star fundraisers were also honoured with Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer awards.
 
The recipients included:
 
Top Individual Cup: Kevin Hendershot, $111,181
 
Top Corporate Team Cup: Ovarian Blitzers, $213,383
 
Top All-Female Team Cup: Pirates of the Cure-ibbean, $21,470
 
Corporate Challenge Cup: Hatch, $228,487
 
Top Community Team Cup: Lex, $36,790
 
For more information or to donate to the event, visit teamuptoconquercancer.ca.