​Long-time Walker and friend of The Princess Margaret Kitty Cohen passes away at 106


Kitty Cohen, a wonderful supporter of The Princess Margaret and dear friend, passed away this week at the age of 106.

Cohen, who was a beloved participant and fundraiser in The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation’s Weekend to End Women’s Cancers and OneWalk to Conquer Cancer for many years, was our most “experienced” walker – given her age – to take part  – often dancing across the finish line!  

She joined the Walk in 2008 at the unbelievable age of 95 and soon captured the hearts of everyone around her walking 30 kilometers and often crossing the finish line ahead of those half her age!   

In 2015, The Princess Margaret presented Kitty with our first annual Heart and Soul award to recognize her special spirit of giving.  You see, Kitty never battled cancer personally – she was born with a true selfless passion: “The beauty of life is to give. I feel so privileged that I was created with a special desire to help others,” Kitty said after her first walk in 2008.

As well as being an avid walker, and fundraiser, Cohen also enjoyed dancing, living out her dream by dancing with So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Blake McGrath at the age of 103, and baseball. She had the honour of throwing out the first pitch at a Blue Jays game and running the bases at the Rogers Centre, alongside former manager John Gibbons in July 2016.

Kitty, your kindness and your sparkle will always be remembered. Thank you for inspiring us all.