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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:

INSIDE RIDE LEAD CREW/EMCEE

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

ROLE and RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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: contact@ctcacf.org

With the subject line:

APPLICATION: INSIDE RIDE LEAD CREW/EMCEE

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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Update- Credit Card Donations Issue Resolved

Posted on: 17 Sep 2013

Following an outage this afternoon to our 3rd party donations and registrations system, we are back online and ready to accept donations. During that time, riders were unable to access their fundraising pages, and donors were unable to make donations. Our service provider has worked quickly and resolved this issue. We do not anticipate further issues, however, we will keep you notified using this space regarding any changes.

We regret any issues this may have caused our donors and participants. Should you encounter any donations or registrations issues, please contact Liz Chornenki- Coordinator, Donor and Participant Relations at liz.chornenki@ctcacf.org

Thank you for continuing to support children and families living with and beyond cancer.

 

The Coast to Coast Team

Credit Card Donations Issue

Posted on: 17 Sep 2013

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing an outage related to our 3rd party credit card processing company. This means that we are unable to process credit card donations at this time- however, all other functions of our website are presently operational.

If you’ve attempted to make a donation, and been directed to a page saying to contact our organization for assistance, please wait a few hours and try again- we will also update this page when the issue has been repaired.

We regret any difficulties this outage may cause of donors and our riders, and we’re looking forward to getting this swiftly resolved.

If you have any questions, please email contact@ctcacf.org and we will assist you.

 

The Coast to Coast Team

Donations Outage Notice

Posted on: 12 Sep 2013

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing an outage related to our 3rd party credit card processing company. This means that we are unable to process credit card donations at this time- however, all other functions of our website are presently operational.

If you’ve attempted to make a donation, and been directed to a page saying to contact our organization for assistance, please wait a few hours and try again- we will also update this page when the issue has been repaired.

We regret any difficulties this outage may cause of donors and our riders, and we’re looking forward to getting this swiftly resolved.

If you have any questions, please email contact@ctcacf.org and we will assist you.

 

The Coast to Coast Team

Update- Donations and Registration Outage Resolved

Posted on: 27 Aug 2013

Following an outage last night, we experienced a second outage of our 3rd party donations and registrations system this afternoon. During this time, riders were unable to access their fundraising pages, and donors were unable to make donations. Our service provider has worked quickly and resolved this issue. We do not anticipate further issues, however, we will keep you notified using this space regarding any changes.

We regret any issues this may have caused our donors and participants. Should you encounter any donations or registrations issues, please contact Liz Chornenki- Coordinator, Donor and Participant Relations at liz.chornenki@ctcacf.org

Thank you for continuing to support children and families living with and beyond cancer.

 

The Coast to Coast Team

Continuing Donations and Registrations Outages

Posted on: 27 Aug 2013

Related to yesterday’s issues, we are currently experiencing an outage related to our external donations and registrations system. The issue is being investigated, however, we’re currently unable to process donations or registrations and you will not be able to log in to your fundraising page while this is being resolved. We are looking forward to getting everything back online, and will post a notice once this has happened. We sincerely regret any inconvenience these outages have caused to our donors and participants, and if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at contact@ctcacf.org.

 

The Coast to Coast Team

Registration and Donation Outages Resolved

Posted on: 27 Aug 2013

Last night, we experienced an outage of our 3rd party donations and registrations system. During this time, riders were unable to access their fundraising pages, and donors were unable to make donations. This was recognized very early, and our service provider worked to resolve it as quickly as possible. By 10:30pm last night, the systems were back online.

We regret any issues this may have caused our donors and participants. As of today, all systems are up and working, however, should you encounter any donations or registrations issues, please contact Liz Chornenki- Coordinator, Donor and Participant Relations at liz.chornenki@ctcacf.org

Thank you for continuing to support children and families living with and beyond cancer.

 

The Coast to Coast Team

Coast to Coast is Currently Experiencing Outages

Posted on: 26 Aug 2013

We are currently experiencing an outage related to our external donations and registrations system. The issue is being investigated, however, we’re currently unable to process donations or registrations and you will not be able to log in to your fundraising page while this is being resolved. We are looking forward to getting everything back online, and will post a notice once this has happened. We regret any inconvenience this has cause to our donors and participants, and if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at contact@ctcacf.org.

 
 

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