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#BeardForGord raises $5,500 for Walker Family Cancer Centre

#BeardForGord raises $5,500 for Walker Family Cancer Centre

Mayor’s #BeardForGord raises $5,500 for Walker Family Cancer Centre

Oct. 12, 2016 – After eleven weeks, St. Catharines’ hip-bearded Mayor Walter Sendzik has returned to his clean-shaven self. The Mayor’s #BeardForGord was shaved off at a special ceremony and cheque presentation today at the St. Catharines Walker Family Cancer Centre, the beneficiaries of the Mayor’s beard-growing fundraiser.

The Mayor’s #BeardForGord began as a fundraiser at the Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament in July. A winning bid by Tom Rankin, CEO of Rankin Construction committed the usually clean-shaven Mayor to grow a beard – untrimmed and unkempt – for eleven weeks with the proceeds benefitting the Walker Family Cancer Centre in honour of Gord Downie and his battle with cancer.

“Over the past eleven weeks I’ve heard from many people who either like the beard or hate the beard, and we’ve had a lot of fun with it, but I’ve heard from even more people who have been impacted by cancer. We are very fortunate to have access to excellent cancer care and support right here in our community at the Walker Family Cancer Centre,” said Mayor Sendzik. “I’m proud to be a part of this special donation by Mr. Rankin. This experience has further demonstrated what a caring and compassionate city we live in and I’m very proud of that,” said Mayor Sendzik.

Mayor Sendzik thanked Mr. Rankin for his donation and inspiring others to contribute including the staff at Tootzie’s Tune Up who organized a collection campaign at their local barbershop.

“Through our family, our business and the Rankin Cancer Run, we are proud to support local charities and cancer services and this fundraiser was too much fun to pass up,” stated Mr. Rankin. “There are far too many people in our community who have been touched by cancer and I’m proud to support the work of the Walker Family Cancer Centre.”

After Tootzie’s shaved off the Mayor’s beard, Mr. Rankin presented a cheque for $5,500 to Dr. Janice Giesbrecht, Niagara Health Medical Director of Oncology. Dr. Giesbrecht knows first-hand how the community’s support directly impacts patient care. “It’s amazing to see community leaders in Niagara coming together to support the work that we do at the Walker Family Cancer Centre in fun and inventive ways. The money donated today will help us to continue building the future of cancer care in Niagara,” said Dr. Giesbrecht.

The funds presented will support patient care and equipment at the Walker Family Cancer Centre – aiding in extraordinary cancer care from diagnosis to treatment, close to home, for patients from across Niagara region. For more information about the Centre visit www.niagarahealth.on.ca/en/cancer-care-oncology.