The Rexall OneWalk to Conquer Cancer raises $4 million at 17th annual event

By Maria Georgiou


This year, the Rexall OneWalk to Conquer Cancer hosted its 17th annual event, raising $4 million for cancer research and clinical trials at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Since 2003, more than $176 million has been raised by OneWalk participants.

For the first time in OneWalk history, participants had the option to walk either 15 km at the City Nights event on Friday, Sept. 6 in Toronto or 25 km at the Day Trip event on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Mississauga. 

The scenic trails in the Boyd Conservation Area and Kortright Centre welcomed a family-centric community during the Day Trip event, while the City Nights event attracted a corporate community, all with one goal: To Conquer Cancer in Our Lifetime.


Mark Dowsett was a guest speaker and participant at OneWalk. He shared the story of his testicular cancer diagnosis and the treatment he received at The Princess Margaret.

“I was someone who was fortunate enough to be treated at The Princess Margaret. They were there with me every step of the way,” says Mark. “The care I received was astonishing. Today, I’m ready to walk and support the next patients and their families, and help them receive the best care possible from the Cancer Centre. I cannot thank The Princess Margaret enough.”

Today, Mark is 14 months cancer free and walks to show his support and gratitude.

Mark Dowsett (guest speaker) with mother Ruth Dowsett at OneWalk 
Next year, OneWalk will be renamed, “The Weekend to Conquer Cancer” and will take place on Sept. 12, 2020. Walkers will be able to participate in the City Nights 15 km event or the Saturday 25 km Day Trip event.

The Weekend to Conquer Cancer will raise vital funds for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top five cancer research centres in the world. The community’s continued support year after year enables Future Care Now, which provides personalized cancer medicine, earlier detections of cancer and targeted treatment plans for patients at the Cancer Centre.

“This year I made a point of connecting with 15 different and exceptional people, one per kilometre, in a meaningful way,” says Steve Merker, VP of Corporate and Community Partnerships at the Foundation. “The common denominator is passion. Passion to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients now and in the future, here and around the world, and help support The Princess Margaret in our mission to conquer cancer.” 

Donate or register for The Weekend to Conquer Cancer 2020 at weekendtoconquercancer.ca.