Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Rankin Cancer Run has donated $650,000 to the Niagara Health Foundation (NHF), bringing the annual event’s total contributions to more than $6 million.
More than 14,000 people participated in the 14th Annual Rankin Cancer Run on May 14, raising more than $1 million for cancer care in Niagara. “This inspiring community event fundraises for our local cancer support organizations, including the Walker Family Cancer Centre,” said a statement announcing the NHF contribution last Friday.
“The funds raised at the Rankin Cancer Run are integral to the work being done here at Niagara Health,” said NHF president and CEO Roger Ali. “We applaud Mary Ann Edwards and her team for their tremendous heart and dedication for our community that makes the Rankin Run a success year after year.”
Ali accepted this year’s donation with Dr. Janice Giesbrecht, Chief of Oncology at Niagara Health. This year’s funds will be distributed amongst the Walker Family Cancer Centre, Welland Hospital Site, Greater Niagara General Site, Douglas Memorial Site and Port Colborne Site.
“The incredible generosity of the Niagara community and the Rankin Run, allow us to deliver quality cancer care close to home in Niagara,” said Dr. Giesbrecht. “We continue to develop precision radiation treatment to support cancer patients at all of the Niagara sites using these funds.”
“Niagara Health Foundation and Niagara Health would like to thank the Rankin Cancer Run organizing committee, volunteers, sponsors, participants and everyone who contributed to the incredible success of this year’s event,” the statement said.