Meet the Spring Yard Clean Up for Cancer team
After losing their father to cancer, Jason and his family joined forces with their community to create an annual fundraiser — the Spring Yard Clean Up for Cancer — to fund research and transform the future of cancer. Together, hundreds of sponsors, supporters and volunteers come together for one day of yard work every spring to raise life-saving funds.
In 14 years, the Spring Yard Clean Up team has raised nearly $2 million to fund world-leading research to create more tomorrows and fewer goodbyes for families impacted by cancer.
“We want to be part of the solution,” says Jason. “Every year we come together to raise money for awareness and to fund cancer research to find treatments that will hopefully help save more lives.”
When Jillian Verner was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer, her husband Jordane immediately took action.
He partnered with CCS to create a fundraiser, Jillian’s Road. Jordane committed to cycling from his home in Prince Edward County to Kingston, Ontario, with a group of family/friends, on the same route Jillian took to receive her cancer treatment. Jillian’s Road raised an incredible $14,065 for the most promising colon cancer research and a nationwide support system to help Canadians affected by cancer.
“It is very important to us that we can help pass care onto the next person, their family and their friends who may face cancer,” says Jordane. “We are aware that we may not be here today with our story if it wasn’t for someone else who did the same.”
Geoff has always loved gaming, but when his mother-in-law passed away from brain cancer, Geoff decided to turn his passion into action.
He used an online gaming stream, Twitch, to fundraise for brain cancer research. He hosted a 24-hour live stream for his followers, which raised $2,400 and allowed the community to come together to play video games and support each other as they discussed their own cancer experiences.
"I want others to have what I lost: time. More time with the people they love, more time to make memories, more time to live their lives,” says Geoff. “Cancer is a horrible disease that has impacted everyone in some way, I hope that this little fundraiser can help with ongoing research to provide more time for others.”
The Queen’s Cure Cancer Classic
Queen’s University Commerce students have been coming together since 2005 to host a series of three hockey tournaments as the Cure Cancer Classic non-profit organization, to raise critical funds for life-saving cancer research.
When COVID-19 meant they could not run their in-person hockey tournaments as they had in the past, they needed to come up with a new way to raise funds, and they did! They hosted a number of virtual events over social media and organized an inaugural golf tournament to continue to support this important cause.
Since its inception, Queen’s Cure Cancer Classic has raised over $430,000, and has continued to support an on-going brain cancer research project.