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In Memory of David Heaslip

Posted on: 13 Mar 2015

david-heaslipCoast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our dear friends and National rider, David Heaslip, after an 11 month battle with lung cancer. He fought with dignity, tenacity and courage, recognizing the immensity of the challenge before him as he often did with other challenges that confronted him.

Beloved husband of Karen (Ling) for 51 years. Survived by children David (and much loved daughter-in-law Janine) of Bala, Debi Heaslip Carter (Dave Christensen) of Bracebridge and Todd Heaslip of Guelph. Incredibly proud “Grandpa” of James Heaslip of Georgetown, Alexia and Chase Heaslip of Guelph and proud “Poppa” to Erin and Carolyn Carter of Bracebridge; step-Grandpa to Joey Chambers of Port Carling and Brandy Page (Louis, Porter, Hannah) of Gravenhurst. Survived by twin brother Donald (Sheila) of London and brother Bruce (Nadine) of Toronto. Predeceased by parents Dr. Judson and Eleanor Heaslip of Hamilton, Robert (Mary) Heaslip of Thunder Bay and Richard Heaslip of Hamilton. Survived by nieces and nephews Susan (Bill) of Newmarket, Greg (Diane) of London, Jonathon of Toronto, Jamie of Dundas and Kelly, Kathy and Karen of Thunder Bay.

Upon retirement in 2000, David and Karen moved to Lake Muskoka. In 2008 they built their dream home in Bracebridge and moved into town. They have been very active in the community. One of the highlights of David’s life was being given the chance to ride in the 2010 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride, a bicycle ride from Vancouver to Halifax to raise money for children’s cancer. An accident prevented him from riding but he participated and raised $30,000 towards the cause. Habitat for Humanity, Muskoka Advent Choir and the Men of Song were other groups that he particularly enjoyed.

David’s career included the Valhalla Companies, Royal Trust and lastly as Senior Vice President CIBC Development Corporation. Cremation has taken place.

A Celebration of Life will take place on April 19, 2015 at The Rotary Centre, 131 Wellington St. S., Bracebridge, from 2 to 4 p.m. and we invite all who knew David. You are also invited to send a message of condolence/short story for inclusion in a “Memory Book” being put together for the family to (send to either or

Thanks to Dr. Ken Hotson whose intelligence identified David’s illness and whose devotion to care made the journey less painful for both David and the family. A wonderful doctor and friend.

David’s belief: “In the end, they may forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Your donation will go towards helping children and families living with and beyond cancer.


Give in Memory of David Heaslip


Spirit Award recognizes Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation contributions

Posted on: 18 Feb 2015

jeff-rushton-spirit-awardThe Childhood Oncology Camping Association International (COCA-I) recently presented Jeff Rushton with its prestigious Spirit Award for 2014. The award recognizes Jeff’s vision, leadership and commitment to helping raise funds in support of childhood cancer camps all across Canada.

COCA-I is a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen the international community of camps for children with cancer and their families. Founded in 1982, the association now has over 125 member oncology camps in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Europe.

The 2014 Spirit Award was announced at the recent COCA-I conference. Only one Canadian recipient is recognized each year.

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Tour For Kids, the inaugural event organized and run by Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation. The first event, held in 2004, involved only a few dozen cyclists participating in a 4-day epic cycling challenge, with an 800 km route through Ontario cottage country. The highlight of the first year’s event was an overnight stay at Camp Trillium in Wellington, Ontario.

The experience helped establish Tour For Kids as one of the most-anticipated and best attended cycling fundraising events each year. Over that 10 year period, Tour For Kids has now raised and distributed over $10,000,000 to childhood cancer camps all across Canada, bringing children with cancer and their families together, helping them in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.

“On behalf of everyone at Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, I am honoured and humbled by this. What this award really recognizes though is the contributions over the past ten years of our entire community of supporters, sponsors, participants, volunteers and ambassadors. It is that community that is truly making a difference in the lives of children with cancer.”

Jeff Rushton, Founder and Chair, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation

“Once in a lifetime you meet someone like Jeff Rushton and the group of riders, volunteers and sponsors who make Tour for Kids happen. With their support, childhood cancer camps all across Canada are now helping improve the quality of life of more children living with cancer.”

Fiona Fisher, Director of Fundraising, Camp Trillium

Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation distributes $4.85 million to childhood cancer programs for 2014

Posted on: 21 Dec 2014


As we near the end of the year, we each reflect on our accomplishments, count our blessings and give thanks for the goodness in our lives.

All of us at Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation want to thank you for your commitment to the cause of childhood cancer, for your active engagement in our many events and programs, and for your determination to raise funds to help improve the quality of life and health outcomes of children with cancer.

And so it’s with much gratitude and some pride that we’re able to share the results of our collective efforts in 2014. Last week we wrote more than 60 cheques to childhood cancer charities and pediatric oncology hospitals across Canada. These cheques totalled $4,850,000. Once again in 2014, we are so proud to hold true to our commitment to distribute 100% of your receipted donations.

These funds are being distributed to organizations in every province in Canada, from British Columbia to Newfoundland… organizations that have committed to helping children with cancer and their families:

  • $1.9 million to the many camp organizations that give children a break from their cancer. These organizations work year-round, at summer camp locations, at city camps and even in the hospitals to help bring the fun and relief of a camp experience to the children who most need it. We are so proud to support Camp Trillium, Camp Quality, Camp Oochigeas, Kids Cancer Care Alberta, Camp Delight, Camp Goodtime and Lions Sick Children’s Fund
  • $950,000 to help fund over 20 organizations in communities across Canada that support children with cancer and their families. This often involves helping families pay the rent or mortgage or other bills while they look after their child with cancer
  • $850,000 directly to the Pediatric Oncology Research Floor at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids. Because we will not stop until we’ve reached our Destination: Beyond Kids Cancer
  • $675,000 to fund important pediatric oncology research projects at other hospitals in Canada
  • $400,000 to the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), for family financial assistance
  • $75,000 to Ontario Parents Advocating for Children With Cancer

2014 was a challenging year, and like many other charitable foundations and fundraising programs, our overall participation, donations and sponsorship dollars were down slightly from the previous year.

However next year is shaping up to be very exciting and we’re hoping to bring even more people into this amazing Coast to Coast Against Cancer family and community.

So, in 2015 we’ll be back with Tour For Kids events in the West, and an all-new format in Ontario and the Maritimes. We will be expanding The Inside Ride program in Western Canada. And the 2015 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride already has a large number of returning riders who are committed to cycling across Canada for childhood cancer (and there’s still room for more!)

Plus, we’ll be adding a number of new and exciting events in 2015 and 2016 to help reach and engage new audiences: a cool new urban adventure cycling event (get your fixies ready!), a pop culture event associated with Fan Expo in September, and a winter “snow-athlon” event featuring skiing, snow-shoeing and fat bikes!

As we approach the holiday season and wrap up 2014, we want to thank you for your support, commitment, energy and dedication… we really love having you part of our family! Even more importantly, together, we are making a difference in the lives of children with cancer.

So as you wrap up your year and pause to reflect on your accomplishments, count your blessing or give thanks for all the goodness in your life, you might also give yourself a pat on the back. Because somewhere in Canada a child with cancer or their parent is also giving thanks for the support they received from the very organizations that your efforts have funded.

Happy Holidays!


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Order your complete Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation kit today!

Posted on: 12 Oct 2014

Show the world you’re part of a great community and order your complete foundation cycling kit



So you’ve ridden in Tour For Kids, maybe more than once! Perhaps you’ve
done an Inside Ride or even some of the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride.
Or maybe you’ve volunteered at one or more of these great events or run a
fundraiser for Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation.

Yup, you’re a true-blue, fully-accredited, certified, card-carrying member of
the Coast to Coast Against Cancer family!

Order your Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation branded cycling clothing. The classic grey and gold design has been worn by the Coast to Coast team for a number of years and is the same quality as the Tour for Kids kit.

Be the first to show up on a ride with the new, hi-tech “All-Black” Foundation kit and you’ll go directly to the front of the peloton! This new Slick jersey from Louis Garneau is fabricated using an advanced moisture-wicking fabric, aerodynamic seams and a laser finish and includes a full-length hidden zip, 3 back pockets with reflective trim, aero lazer band at arm, mesh side panels and silicone gripper. Only jerseys, bib and regular shorts, socks and gloves are available in this design.

So, be one of the cool kids and order your complete set of Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation kit in grey/gold and all-black today. You’ll look completely “pro” in either of these high-performance kits. You’ll be telling the world that you’re part of this great Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation community. And best of all, you’ll be helping the Foundation: a portion of the sale proceeds will come back the Foundation so we can continue to help children who are living with and beyond cancer.

To order yours, just visit and shop online at the secure Louis Garneau website:


  • Orders must be placed by October 20, 2014
  • Your credit card will be charged once the order has been placed online
  • All orders will be shipped to the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation office in Toronto for pick-up only
  • You will be notified when your order is available for pick-up (by mid-December)
  • No additional orders will be placed after the closing date and no additional inventory will be available
  • If you have any questions about ordering, payment or pick-up, please contact

The SuperHero Ball

Posted on: 07 Aug 2014

UPDATE: August 10, 2014: Due to unforeseen circumstance, SickKids, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and Fan Expo decided to postpone the inaugural SuperHero Ball to August 28, 2015, when it will be held in connection with Fan Expo 2015. We remain very committed to the SuperHero Ball concept and we intend to make the 2015 SuperHero Ball an incredible event experience for Fan Expo participants, guests, celebrities and sponsors. The SuperHero Ball will raise awareness and funds to benefit childhood cancer research, care and programs at SickKids Hospital.

Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation in partnership with Fan Expo Canada (TM) and SickKids Foundation, is launching the inaugural SuperHero Ball, Friday, August 29, 2014, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

The SuperHero Ball is held in connection with Fan Expo, which draws over 120,000 people to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in celebration of all things pop culture: comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, gaming, cosplay, and of course every SuperHero who ever saved the world.


Get ready for an evening of fun… pick out your favourite costume, or just come as you are and enjoy the Cosplay Parade as geeks and fans alike strut into the SuperHero Ball dressed as their favourite superhero, fantasy, comic, gaming or movie character. Either way, it will be a party you’ll never forget! Great food and cash bar, $125 p/p

THE VIH PACKAGE (Very Important Hero)!

Want to up the ante for even more exclusive fun? Sign up for the Very Important Hero package and you’ll have the key to the VIH reception where you’ll meet the Fan Expo celebrities in person. Great food and open bar. $249 p/p


Become a SuperHero Ball sponsor and you’ll be able to entertain up to 10 quests in your own exclusive themed SuperHero lounge, with comfy couches and cocktail tables, special menu items, food and beverage services. PLUS, Fan Expo celebrities such as Michael Rooker, Stan Lee, Leeanna Vamp and others, will join your group to chat, sign autographs and take selfies with your guests. (For pricing and details please contact

After the Cosplay Parade, the party will move into hyperdrive with our celebrity DJs. Get ready to drop your shields and power up your force-fields and dance like a SuperHero late into the night at an after-party of kapow proportions!

The SuperHero Ball will be hosted by a celebrity emcee, with special guest appearances by Lights, Jian Gomeshi and many other Fan Expo celebrities and stars.


Send the fun into orbit by bidding on amazing silent and live auction items such as experiences, travel, comic, movie and celebrity collectibles and so much more.

Net proceeds will go to Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and SickKids Foundation in support of the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids.

Sign up today and get ready to be a SuperHero!  


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Tour for Kids Bike-A-Thon

Posted on: 04 Jul 2014

T4K'14-SocialMediaWhiteOaksMontessoriThe Grade 3, 4 and 5 students at White Oaks Montesorri School decided to participate in the “Tour for Kids” Bike-A-Thon because we wanted to raise money for kids with cancer, so they could get treatment and go to camps such as Camp Trillium, where Isabella Lentini goes. She is a Casa student at our school, and her mother, Nicole Lentini founded ‘Isa Bella Vita’ cycling team which is also a fundraising team. We really enjoyed riding our bikes around the neighborhood and fundraising for kids with cancer, because it’s kind of practice before we get older and start fundraising even more. We really liked it. Also, it was a privilege to fundraise for something important like that. A lot of people donated money and sponsored us in the Bike-A-Thon, which we thought was really nice of them. A few of us just learned how to ride a two-wheeled bike just for the event. When we were riding, there were these red balloons all along the path to guide us. But then we took a wrong turn which we only figured out a couple minutes later, one of us realized there were no balloons. But overall, it was super fun.

Yasmin Mahmadiyarova

Bal De Neige and Coast To Coast To Distribute $150,000 to Lighthouse and Wellspring

Posted on: 27 Jun 2014

The theme of the 2014 edition of the Bal de Neige, held in February, was “Rhinestone Cowboy – Denim and Diamonds, Leather and Lace”. It was another fun event with partyers in retro urban-cowboy kit or good-ol’-boy country denim and boots. All the gals looked real purdy and the guys were a-hootin’ an’ a-hollerin’. After dinner, everyone kicked up their heels, grabbing partners for some two-steppin’ do-se-do that lasted into the wee hours.


The Bal de Neige raised over $100,000 for Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation. The Foundation pledged to match funds, resulting in an additional $50,000 that will be directed toward the two benefiting organizations.

As a result, a total of $150,000 will be distributed equally between Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children and Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House for paediatric oncology programs and services.

We can’t begin to express our gratitude for all of the goodwill that surrounds us. A special thank you to Stacey and Brydon Cruise for their very generous contribution to the event and to our 2 anonymous donors who so generously matched dollar for dollar, the amount raised through the Live Auction.

A huge thank you as well to the numerous sponsors who so willingly offered auction items and prizes:


Le Dome Banquet Hall
Late Bloom Florist
Good Vibrations DJ Services
Air Canada Foundation
Zzen Group of Companies
Crown Verity Inc. (Andy Incitti)
Mary and Ron DiFrancesco
Montreal Jazz Festival
New Wave Travel (Kathy Kurtzman)
Wailers Gentlemen’s Sporting Club
Warner Music
Fairmont Hotels
Nota Bene Restaurant
Beauleigh Consulting
Lorne and Catherine Watters
Canderel Properties
TD Bank
White Shadow Limousine (Mike FabianUniversal Music
Al Pace and Kristin Morch
Andy Curran
Caledon Ski Club (Bill Yeigh)
UFC Canada (Stephen Keogh)
Oakville Cycle
La Fleure de France – Oakville Spa
Passion for Fashion (Jacqueline Cheeseman)
Darla Thompson McNevin
SRO Management/Anthem Entertainment
Andrew Howard
Edrington (Chris Spalding)
Universal Music
Blazer for Men
Joanne and Conrad Maziarczyk
True North Sports and Entertainment
Caroline van Nostrand
Diane Rushton
Starfish Entertainment Inc./Blue Rodeo Productions
John Ricketts
Royal Bank of Canada
Tom and Marilyn Weber
Alert Music
BikeRight (Derek MacNeil)
Battaglia’s Marketplace
Bar Vespa
Bedlam Music Management / Dine Alone Records
Good Life Fitness
Liane Tautrims – Silpada
Bernie Breen Management
Dr. Andrea Jack
Metalworks Inc.
Bauer (Daryl Hughes)
Hockey Hall of Fame
Showtech Merchandising
Triovest Management

Bal de Neige Supports Pediatric Oncology at Trillium

Posted on: 08 Apr 2014

On Friday March 28, Frances and Len Pace, Mary and Ron DiFrancesco, Tracey and Mike McIntosh, Joanne and Dale Walden of Team Alex along with Jeff Rushton of Coast to Coast Against Cancer presented a cheque for over $64,000 to Trillium Health Partners. On hand to receive it were Dr. Ann Bayliss, Dr. Nick Blanchette, a team of caregivers from Credit Valley Hospital, and personnel from the Trillium Health Foundation.  The funds will go to the pediatric oncology unit at Credit Valley Hospital and will support a Child Life Specialist for children going through cancer treatment.

The cheque represents the proceeds from the 2013 Bal de Neige fundraising event held February of last year. The Bal de Niege, a costume gala, was set to the theme of Disco! Party-goers arrived decked out in complete 70s disco outfits, transporting everyone back to Studio 54 in New York. The hair was big, the bell bottoms even bigger. All the mamas looked groovy and the men stepped it up to strut to the beat. After dinner and the live and silent auctions, everybody was ready to get down and that’s when the party really got into a groove, man.  Everyone was treated to an evening of fun and fundraising in support of the battle against childhood cancer.

The 2014 edition of the Bal de Neige was recently held in February. This year’s theme was “Rhinestone Cowboy – Denim and Diamonds, Leather and Lace”.  It was another fun event with everyone in retro urban cowboy kit or good-ol’-boy country denim and boots. All the gals looked real purdy and the guys were ready to hoot n’ holler. After dinner, everyone really started kickin’ up their heels, grabbing partners for some two-steppin’ do-se-do that lasted into the wee hours.  Funds from the 2014 Bal de Neige will support the Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children and paediatric programs and services at Wellspring. A cheque will be presented to these groups later this year.

The Bal de Neige is dedicated to the memory of Alex Pace who was diagnosed in 2007 with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Alex passed away in 2009, at the age of 11. The Pace’s teenaged daughter, Madeline and her Inside Ride team, Team Alex, organized the first Bal de Neige in 2010. The event now attracts about 400 people annually and continues to be organized by Team Alex.  The team has also raised funds for children’s cancer camps by participating in Tour for Kids since 2008.

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Join our Team!!

Posted on: 21 Mar 2014

Are you energetic and positive, hardworking and flexible? Are you able to see the big picture and execute on the detail to bring it into reality?

Do you want to join the team of feet on the ground who are raising funds and making a difference in the lives of kids and families living with and beyond cancer?

Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation is looking for the following team members:


  • Two (2) Part time positions
  • Reports to Inside Ride Event Manager/Operations and Logistics Manager
  • Location: Toronto based – travel locally, regionally and occasional nationally


  • Travel  to Inside Rides/National Inside Ride Tour event locations
  • Loading/Unloading vehicles for all Foundation events
  • Driving various size trucks (cargo vans, 16ft-26ft trucks)
  • Lead set up and tear down at Inside Ride Events including sound system, tents, bikes and trainers – working with event location volunteers
  • Emcee IR events
  • Basic bike mechanical  support at events
  • Deliver presentations/assemblies for Inside Rides
  • Perform site visits for corporate events and develop logistics plan for special needs/requirements
  • Assist Operations and Logistics Manager with warehouse and inventory maintenance
  • Assist in maintaining all event materials (tents, bikes, trainers, audio-visual, vehicles etc.) in good repair, clean and professional manner
  • Admin support as required while on multi-day travel.
  • Daily travel and some multi-day travel required, occasional weekend events

Interested candidates please send resume and salary expectations to:

With the subject line:


Deadline: March 28, 2014

Only interview candidates will be contacted.

Thank you for your commitment to kids living with and beyond cancer.


501st Legion at Sick Kids

Posted on: 12 Mar 2014

On Friday March 7, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation in cooperation with Toronto ComiCon brought some fun and excitement to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

Toronto ComiCon celebrates pop culture, connecting over 25,000 fans that are drawn to the 3-day event. The show features well known super-heroes such as Spider Man, Super Man, and the characters from Star Wars, Star Trek, and many other popular shows, movies, comics, animé and gaming.

On Friday afternoon, to help kick off this year’s Toronto ComiCon, a squadron of the 501st Legion came to Marnie’s Lounge at Sick Kids in Toronto to meet many of the children.  The 501st Legion is a worldwide group of Star Wars costume enthusiasts who make appearances at many events. The mission of the 501st Legion is to promote interest in Star Wars, to participate in Star Wars-related events and to contribute to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.  The Ontario garrison of the 510st Legion has about 400 members.

The event drew media attention as well, with CityTV and CTV News airing some reports later that day.

The kids had fun meeting some of their favourites… Darth Vader, R2-D2, Obi-wan Kenobe, Jango Fett, as well as some Storm Troopers and Imperial Guards. There were lots of smiles and excited chatter once the kids got over their initial shyness. Even parents got into the act… declaring their favourites and asking for photos and autographs.

One little boy, Matthew, from Ottawa, who has been in hospital for almost 9 months, was all smiles as he had his picture taken with R2-D2 and Darth Vader. After the picture he clambered out of his wheel chair to give R2-D2 a big hug. His Child Life Specialist later said, fighting back tears, that it was the first time since his arrival at the hospital, that she had seen him smile.

After meeting all of the kids in Marnie’s Lounge, Jango Fett, Darth Vaader, Obi-Wan Kenobe, R2-D2 and several of the Storm Troopers went off to visit more children who had asked to see them in their rooms.

As the afternoon wrapped, Darth Vader and Jango Fett declared the visit a big success. R2-D2 squawked and tweeted his approval as well. Together they committed the 501st Legion to returning to Sick Kids on Labour Day weekend to help kick off their next big event, Fan Expo. Jango then admitted that there were also a few tears under the helmets of the members of the 501St Legion as they listened to the stories of some these children and their families. They felt very good about bringing a bit fun and excitement to the children at Sick Kids Hospital.

So did we!

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