Carmel Derdaele

The employees at Tennis Canada have all been affected by breast cancer.  For many years, they watched their colleague and director of national events, Carmel Derdaele, wage a courageous battle against the disease.
Unfortunately, in June of 2007, Carmel passed away, but her colleagues ensured that her spirit lives on.  Her fight against cancer inspired them to create and build a memorial fund in her name that will support important breast cancer research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
At the 2007 Rogers Cup, the Tennis Canada team worked to raise awareness of breast cancer research through their daily draw sheets, distributing pink tennis balls on Ladies’ Day, and through their work with the media.  That year, rather than the draw sheets being free, they charged one ‘toonie’, and all funds raised were added to the memorial fund for Carmel.
Carmel was a patient of Dr. Mark Clemons, who at the time was one of the lead breast cancer researchers at the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer at The Princess Margaret.  He headed up the Breast Medical Oncology Group which provides world-leading patient care through patient-centred research.  His expertise was focused on some of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer that primarily affect young women.
A presentation to Dr. Clemons was made at the 2007 Rogers Cup.
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Revised: October2013