• A Powerful New
    Documentary

    A day without cancer

    A film by JOSEPH NANNI

    Narrated by BRYAN ADAMS

  • A Powerful New
    Documentary

    A day without cancer

    A film by JOSEPH NANNI

    Narrated by BRYAN ADAMS

  • A Powerful New
    Documentary

    A day without cancer

    A film by JOSEPH NANNI

    Narrated by BRYAN ADAMS

  • A Powerful New
    Documentary

    A day without cancer

    A film by JOSEPH NANNI

    Narrated by BRYAN ADAMS

  • A Powerful New
    Documentary

    A day without cancer

    A film by JOSEPH NANNI

    Narrated by BRYAN ADAMS

THE DOCUMENTARY

The project was first inspired in 2009 while Joseph Nanni was researching, writing and directing a public service announcement for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. “Throughout the process, we heard so many inspiring, heartbreaking and enlightening stories, and it was clear that thirty seconds was just a blip in time -- these doctors, patients and survivors deserved a greater opportunity to share their experiences,” recalls Nanni. “At the same time, we wanted to demystify the subject matter and have a conversation about where we are at in the fight against cancer.”

Director Joseph Nanni searched high and low for a voice for the film. His criteria? Unique, Canadian, unexpected. “The light went on when executive producer Chris Jordan recommended Bryan Adams,” says Nanni. “We sent the script to his manager, who told us he'd get back to us. He did, alright. I was sitting in a meeting and my phone went off. It was Bryan Adams, asking if I wouldn't mind listening to his read.” A few days later, after Adams sent the audio files, Nanni emailed Adams asking about cost. “Just pay for my engineer,” he was told.

PRINCESS MARGARET CANCER CENTRE

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has achieved an international reputation as a global leader in the fight against cancer and delivering Personalized Cancer Medicine. The Princess Margaret, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Institute for Breast
Cancer Research, and is a member of the University Health Network, which also includes Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. All are research hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto
www.theprincessmargaret.ca

PRODUCTION TEAM

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Executive Producer: FRANK CONTENT

FRANK Content is an independent production company located in Toronto, Canada
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Executive Producer:
FRANK CONTENT

FRANK Content is an independent production company producing brand-inspired content for advertising agencies and their clients. We tell stories.

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Director: JOSEPH NANNI

Joseph Nanni is a commercial and short film director whose work has been featured at over 50 festivals around the globe
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Director:
JOSEPH NANNI

Joseph Nanni is a commercial and short film director whose work has been featured at over 50 festivals around the globe, but he came to directing late in his career. Nanni studied design and illustration at OCAD Toronto, which somehow led him to a career in advertising. After almost 16 years in the business, he started shooting shorts and ads in his spare time. ‘A Day Without Cancer’ is his first feature length and documentary film.

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Narrator: BRYAN ADAMS

Bryan Adams is one of the world’s most highly acclaimed musicians, whose career has spanned more than three decades.
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Narrator:
BRYAN ADAMS

Bryan Adams is one of the world’s most highly acclaimed musicians, whose career has spanned more than three decades. He has achieved #1 status in over 40 countries and has earned nominations for three Academy Awards, five Golden Globes and five ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards in addition to Grammy and Juno Awards. His music has appeared on more than 40 movie soundtracks. Bryan Adams is the narrator in ‘A Day Without Cancer.’

TELEVISION PREMIERE

'A DAY WITHOUT CANCER' is a 75-minute exploration of cancer's history and poses the provocative question, "Can we conquer cancer in our lifetime?"  Leading cancer experts from around the world give an up-to-the-minute look at the victories and failures of our cancer system.

CBC's Documentary Channel will broadcast the television premiere on Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00 pm. 

The film will be aired again over the next several months on the same channel.





BROADCAST DATES
Television Premiere*:
Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00pm
Additional Air Times*:
Thursday, May 29 at 1:00am
Monday, June 2 at 10:00pm
Tuesday, June 3 at 3:00am
Wednesday, July 23 at 7:00pm
Thursday, July 24 at 1:00am
Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00pm
Thursday, August 7 at 1:00am

Please click here to download a list of CBC Documentary Channel providers.

(* All times stated are Eastern Standard Time)

TRAILERS & MEDIA

Two powerful trailers featuring segments from the film ‘A Day Without Cancer’ provide viewers with a brief glimpse into the compelling stories being told by survivors and share insights into the world of science and technology being put to the test every day in the battle to conquer cancer.

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OFFICIAL TRAILER - A Day Without cancer

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WHAT IS CANCER - Two thousand years searching for a cure

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Community supporters and partner programs may have access to the brand marks and images associated with ‘A Day Without Cancer’ in order to create the tools required to share the important message told in so many ways through the documentary.

ABOUT THE PEOPLE

Director Joseph Nanni endeavoured to speak with many of those most closely associated with the disease. He specifically selected survivors with compelling stories from across the country. By attending the Union for International Cancer Control's biennial World Cancer Congress in Montreal, Canada in August 2012, Nanni and his team were able to meet

and film several of the world's foremost experts in cancer research, care and prevention. In addition, he selected several other experts who offered their thoughts and opinions on whether we truly can anticipate 'A Day Without Cancer.'

SURVIVORS in order of appearance

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EMMANUELLE GATTUSO

Five years after being treated for breast cancer at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in 2002, Emmanuelle Gattuso was
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EMMANUELLE GATTUSO

Five years after being treated for breast cancer at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in 2002, Emmanuelle Gattuso was introduced to a pilot program, led by Dr. David McCready, that would drastically reduce the wait times for persons suspected of having breast cancer. The program was able to see patients, provide tests, offer a diagnosis and, if necessary, a treatment plan, all within one day. Along with her husband, Allan Slaight, $18.75 million was donated in 2009 to establish the Gattuso Rapid Diagnostic Centre. This pioneering centre is not only changing the standard of care in breast cancer, it has also inspired the transformation of the diagnostic process for other types of cancer. Their incredible generosity to Princess Margaret and other organizations earned Emmanuelle Gattuso and Allan Slaight the 2012 Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

In January 2013, Emmanuelle Gattuso, Allan Slaight and the Slaight family made history with a new $50-million commitment to The Princess Margaret, the largest donation ever made to cancer in Canada. The gift created a “superfund” to attract the world’s best scientists in personalized cancer medicine and will help transform the future of cancer care.

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CHINYERE ENI-McLEAN

Raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Chinyere Eni-McLean lost her left leg at the hip level to bone cancer at age 8 while being treated at BC Children’s Hospital.
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CHINYERE ENI-McLEAN

Raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Chinyere Eni-McLean lost her left leg at the hip level to bone cancer at age 8 while being treated at BC Children’s Hospital. At that time, she was only one of two children who survived their cancer experience. She was inspired to honour the lives of those lost by dedicating her personal time to volunteerism and philanthropy.

Chinyere is a member of the Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan and the Igbo tribe in Nigeria and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. Currently working at RBC as National Director Aboriginal and Public Sector Markets, Chinyere is responsible for the strategic direction of both markets within business banking.

Despite being unable to wear a prosthetic limb to cycle, Chinyere has successfully completed five 200km cycling events to fundraise for cancer research with only the use of her remaining limb. In 2012, Chinyere was recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for service to Canada.

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CHRIS TAYLOR

In 2000, Chris Taylor was a very happy man with a loving wife, three terrific sons and a thriving career in corporate communications.
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CHRIS TAYLOR

In 2000, Chris Taylor was a very happy man with a loving wife, three terrific sons and a thriving career in corporate communications. He owned a lovely home in Toronto and a cottage in the Muskokas. But as his 50th birthday approached, Chris’s world was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. “Despite being an incurable optimist, I was caught off guard,” he states. “However, I was able to adopt the approach that life is 10% of what you are given and 90% how you respond.”

Over the next three years, Chris received a number of chemotherapy treatments, but the disease was winning the battle. He was referred to the Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant team at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. Fortunately, Chris’s middle son was identified as a possible, although not perfect, match, and his son Patrick ended up saving his life. “A second chance at life is the most astounding gift for a father to receive from his son,” he says.

Throughout 13 years, Chris has faced tremendous obstacles simply to survive, relapsing twice and undergoing radiation and further chemotherapy each time. He realizes that the remarkable breakthroughs achieved through Personalized Cancer Medicine practiced at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre have not only extended his life but have increased his quality of life while living with the disease.

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LISA RAY

Lisa Ray is an internationally acclaimed film actress, TV host, model and philanthropist who initially rose to prominence in India
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LISA RAY

Lisa Ray is an internationally acclaimed film actress, TV host, model and philanthropist who initially rose to prominence in India as a supermodel and actress upon moving to Mumbai in her late teens.

Named one of the ‘Ten Most Beautiful Indian Women of the Millennium’ by a Times of India poll, Lisa cemented her profile as a celebrated figure in India before leaving for drama school in London in 2001, and opportunities around the world. Lisa has starred in Canada's Oscar-nominated film, Water, amongst other prestigious acting credits. In 2009, Lisa chose to share her diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer, from the red carpet during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). ‘The Yellow Diaries,’ a blog which chronicled her deeply personal cancer experiences, earned Lisa global attention, and led to a book deal.

Lisa works passionately to raise funds and awareness for Multiple Myeloma research, and was named as the Ambassador for the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Campaign, as well as being awarded a Facing Cancer Together Award of Honour by the ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ organization.

Lisa has taken on the role of host on Top Chef Canada, the Food Network Canada's top-rated series. In 2013, she returned to the stage for a successful Canadian tour of Taj, taking the lead role opposite renowned Bollywood actor, Kabir Bedi. She also co-designed a line of saris with renowned Indian design house, Satya Paul, the proceeds of which go to support Multiple Myeloma research initiatives.

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ANDREW HALEY

One day in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, six-year-old Andrew Haley was playing with his twin brother Brett when he lost his balance
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ANDREW HALEY

One day in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, six-year-old Andrew Haley was playing with his twin brother Brett when he lost his balance, falling to the ground in pain. His parents took him to the hospital, and the initial diagnosis was not encouraging -- cancer in his leg. In order to save his life, he was rushed to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, where doctors had to amputate part of his right leg.

After many months of chemo, he was on the road to recovery, only to be told that the cancer had spread to his left lung. Always the fighter, Andrew was given only a 35% chance of survival. Despite the odds, Andrew survived and things began looking up for him.

Just after Andrew's 15th birthday, he was introduced to the sport of swimming. His progression was rapid, and through a great deal of hard work, he went quickly from local tryout to international success. Through his career, he became a World Champion, Paralympic Champion, Commonwealth Champion and a multiple World Record Holder. He felt honoured to represent Canada on so many occasions.

His athletic success has given him a great number of opportunities to inspire others. He is a talented motivational speaker and currently works full-time for the Toronto Blue Jays.

GLOBAL CANCER EXPERTS in order of appearance

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DR. FRANCO CAVALLI

Born in Switzerland, Dr. Franco Cavalli trained in internal medicine and medical oncology in Berne, Milan, Brussels and London.
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DR. FRANCO CAVALLI

Born in Switzerland, Dr. Franco Cavalli trained in internal medicine and medical oncology in Berne, Milan, Brussels and London. Initially, Dr. Cavalli concentrated his research on leukemia, but switched his focus to breast cancer. In recent years, his main interest has been malignant lymphoma. His research priorities are new drugs and new treatment modalities, hematological malignancies, including lymphomas, and breast cancer.

Dr. Cavalli is currently the director of the Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland, Bellinzona, a comprehensive cancer centre for the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland.

Since 1995, Dr. Cavalli has been a member of the Swiss Parliament, where he focuses on health care and health policy. His interests lie in palliative care and end-of-life issues.

Dr. Cavalli has written five books and approximately 450 scientific papers. He has earned 16 international awards and has received the Swiss Award for his contribution to society for his work in the fight against cancer in the developing world.

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DR. TERRENCE SULLIVAN

Dr. Terrence Sullivan currently serves in a number of governance and advisory roles in health services and health policy.
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DR. TERRENCE SULLIVAN

Dr. Terrence Sullivan currently serves in a number of governance and advisory roles in health services and health policy. From 2001 to 2011, he occupied successively responsible positions at Cancer Care Ontario, the final seven years as its President and CEO. Dr. Sullivan has played senior roles in the Ontario Ministries of Health, the Cabinet Office, and Intergovernmental Affairs. He served two successive First Ministers of Ontario as Executive Director of the Premier's Council on Health Strategy, including a period as Deputy Minister.

A behavioral scientist, Dr. Sullivan is an Associate Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He currently chairs the Board of Public Health Ontario and provides advisory services within the McGill academic hospital network in Montreal.

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DR. OTIS BRAWLEY

Dr. Otis Brawley is the Chief Medical and Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society
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DR. OTIS BRAWLEY

Dr. Otis Brawley is the Chief Medical and Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society, responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment through cancer research and education.

A graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, from 2001 to 2007, Dr. Brawley was Medical Director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and Deputy Director for Cancer Control at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. He has also co-chaired the U.S. Surgeon General's Task Force on Cancer Health Disparities, and filled a variety of positions at the National Cancer Institute, most recently serving as Assistant Director.

Dr. Brawley is a medical consultant to the Cable News Network (CNN) and has published more than 100 scientific articles, as well as written a book, ‘How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America.’

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DR. MARY
GOSPODAROWICZ

Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz is the Medical Director of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto
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DR. MARY GOSPODAROWICZ

Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz is the Medical Director of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto.

Dr. Gospodarowicz received her medical degree from the University of Toronto and holds specialty certifications in internal medicine, radiation oncology and medical oncology. Her clinical practice includes patients with lymphomas and genitourinary cancers.

She has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters with research interests in clinical trials evaluating the role of radiation therapy in cancer treatment, image-guided precision radiotherapy and cancer survivorship, and has recently focused on quality of care, partnerships, and international collaboration.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Gospodarowicz has been actively involved in the work of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the global control of cancer. In August 2012, she became President of the UICC.

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DR. BENJAMIN NEEL

Dr. Benjamin Neel is the Director of Research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto
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DR. BENJAMIN NEEL

Dr. Benjamin Neel is the Director of Research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, and internationally recognized as an expert in the fields of cancer biology and cellular signal transduction.

Dr. Neel earned his PhD in Viral Oncology from Rockefeller University and his MD from Cornell University Medical School. He was a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston and also served as the Director of the Cancer Biology Program and as Deputy Director for Basic Research, Hematology Division at Beth Israel.

Dr. Neel is the author of more than 160 original papers and 25 invited reviews. In 2003, Dr. Neel received a MERIT award, which was renewed in 2008, from the National Institutes of Health. He is the only MERIT award recipient in Canada. In 2009, Dr. Neel received a Premier’s Summit Award in Ontario for excellence in medical research.

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DR. SYLVIA ASA

Dr. Sylvia Asa is the Pathologist-in-Chief and Medical Director of the Laboratory Medicine Program at the University Health Network.
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DR. SYLVIA ASA

Dr. Sylvia Asa is the Pathologist-in-Chief and Medical Director of the Laboratory Medicine Program at the University Health Network. As head of the largest pathology department in Canada, Dr. Asa has made innovative changes to the practice of the discipline, with emphasis on subspecialization, automation, electronic initiatives and telepathology. The department focuses on education and research to understand mechanisms of disease and translate new information into diagnostic and prognostic information for patient care.

A clinician-scientist with a focus on endocrine pathology, Dr. Asa’s research aims to identify the basis for development of endocrine tumours, to improve diagnostic tests and to identify targets for therapy of those diseases.

She has published more than 300 scientific articles, written one book, co-edited four books and written more than 50 book chapters. Her work ranges from clinical observation to fundamental research studies, and her publications have achieved a citation impact in the top 1% of scientists.

Dr. Asa served as president of the Endocrine Pathology Society (1997–1998) and the U.S.-Canadian Academy of Pathology (2005-2006).

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DR. JONATHAN IRISH

Dr. Jonathan Irish graduated with his MD and Masters degrees from the University of Toronto
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DR. JONATHAN IRISH

Dr. Jonathan Irish graduated with his MD and Masters degrees from the University of Toronto, where he studied the molecular biological characteristics of head and neck cancers. He joined the staff of the University Health Network in 1992 and is currently Chief of the Department of Surgical Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

In 2008, Dr. Irish was appointed Provincial Head of the Surgical Oncology Program at Cancer Care Ontario.

Dr. Irish has over 250 peer-reviewed publications and over 30 book chapters, as well as over $2M in peer-review funding for his research through the National Cancer Institute of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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DR. ELIZABETH EISENHAUER

Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer obtained her MD from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and subsequently
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DR. ELIZABETH EISENHAUER

Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer obtained her MD from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and subsequently completed Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada) training in both Internal Medicine and Hematology.

Since 1982, Dr. Eisenhauer has been Director of the National Cancer Institute of Canada’s Clinical Trials Group Investigational New Drug Program, where she has been responsible for identifying and bringing clinical trial novel cancer agents into Canada. Through her work in the IND Program, she directed the coordination of over 170 Phase I, II and III trials across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Dr. Eisenhauer has served in numerous national cancer research leadership roles, including President of the National Cancer Institute of Canada from 2006 to 2009. In 2008, she became Chair of the Research Advisory Group of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. In this role she is also co-chairing the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance.

In 2012, Dr. Eisenhauer became Head of the Department of Oncology at Queen’s University and Program Medical Director of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario at Kingston General Hospital.

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DR. GARY RODIN

Dr. Gary Rodin is Head of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto.
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DR. GARY RODIN

Dr. Gary Rodin is Head of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. Under his leadership, the Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has now achieved an international reputation for its academic and clinical excellence.

Dr. Rodin is a clinician-investigator who has published widely on the psychiatric and psychosocial aspects of cancer and other medical illnesses. He has authored texts on Depression in the Medically Ill and on the Psychiatric Aspects of Transplantation, and is currently leading research on the psychological impact of advanced and terminal disease in affected patients and their families.

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PROFESSOR SANCHIA ARANDA

Professor Sanchia Aranda is Director of the Cancer Services and Information Division at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
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PROFESSOR SANCHIA ARANDA

Professor Sanchia Aranda is Director of the Cancer Services and Information Division at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

With more than thirty years’ experience in cancer nursing as a clinician, researcher and educator, Ms. Aranda’s work focuses on the development of innovative nursing roles and interventions to improve support outcomes for people with cancer. She has conducted several randomized controlled trials of novel nursing and supportive care interventions which have been implemented successfully in clinical settings.

Ms. Aranda is the immediate Past President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. She is on the Advisory Council for Cancer Australia, Chair of the National Centre for Gynecological Cancers and is on the board of the Union for International Cancer Control.

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DR. HOMER PEARCE

Dr. Homer Pearce serves as Executive Vice-President of Drug Development at Human Genome Sciences
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DR. HOMER PEARCE

Dr. Homer Pearce serves as Executive Vice-President of Drug Development at Human Genome Sciences and is responsible for clinical research, development and regulatory activities.

After receiving his BSc from Texas A&M University and his PhD from Harvard, Dr. Pearce served as Vice- President of Oncology at Eli Lilly & Co., and held various leadership positions in cancer drug discovery and development through his 27 years with the company. He was involved in the development of more than 25 investigational drugs, of which three have resulted in regulatory approvals.

He retired from Lilly in 2006, and now serves in several consulting and advisory roles in the academic, government and biopharmaceutical communities, including the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.

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DR. DAVID JAFFRAY

Dr. David Jaffray is the head of Radiation Physics at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and a Senior Scientist
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DR. DAVID JAFFRAY

Dr. David Jaffray is the head of Radiation Physics at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and a Senior Scientist. He is internationally recognized for his leadership in advancing radiation therapy.

Dr. Jaffray develops novel imaging systems, called Guided Therapeutics (GTx), that improve the precision of therapy by generating images while the therapy is being delivered. He has five patents issued and several licensed in this field.

Dr. Jaffray has in excess of 120 peer-reviewed publications, over 100 invited lectures and holds numerous peer-review and industry sponsored research grants. He recently created The Techna Institute for the Advancement of Technology for Health, which brings together top minds to rapidly move research to clinic and then to the marketplace for worldwide impact.

CANCER ACTIVISTS in order of appearance

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HRH PRINCESS DINA MIRED

HRH Princess Dina Mired has served as the Director General of Jordan’s King Hussein Cancer Foundation since 2003.
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HRH PRINCESS DINA MIRED

Director General
King Hussein Cancer Foundation

HRH Princess Dina Mired has led the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) in Jordan as Director General since 2002. In her capacity as Director and mother of a cancer survivor, she founded and developed the Fundraising and Development Department at KHCF, making it one of the best fundraising institutions in Jordan and the largest source of non-profit funds dedicated to the fight against cancer.

As one of the leading figures advocating early detection and screening of breast cancer for women, Princess Dina is the Honorary Chairperson of the Jordan Breast Cancer Program.

Princess Dina is an Honorary Co-President of Harvard University’s Global Task Force for Expanded Access to Cancer Control and Care in the Developing World; Presidential Advisory Panel of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC); Ambassador of the UICC World Cancer Declaration Ambassadors Program; a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy for the LIVESTRONG Foundation and an Honorary Member of the Mediterranean Task Force for Cancer Control in Italy.

In 2011, HRH delivered the keynote speech on behalf of all civil society at the opening of the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases.

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ANNE LISE RYEL

Anne Lise Ryel is a Norwegian lawyer and politician.
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ANNE LISE RYEL

Anne Lise Ryel is a Norwegian lawyer and politician.

Born in Tromsø, Anne Lise graduated from the University of Oslo in 1987. After being admitted to the bar, Anne Lise became a corporate lawyer. In 1994, she became the Norwegian ombudsman for gender equality, and held that position until 2000 when she was appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of Justice. She served as deputy representative to the Norwegian parliament from Oslo between 2005 and 2009. In 2002, Ms. Ryel was appointed Secretary General of the Norwegian Cancer Society.

She has served on a number of health-related boards, including the National Council for Tobacco Prevention and the Nordic Cancer Union.

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YAEL COHEN

Yael Cohen never intended to create Fuck Cancer, simply wanting to help her mother after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
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YAEL COHEN

Yael Cohen never intended to create Fuck Cancer, simply wanting to help her mother after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Yael got heavily involved in her Mom’s treatment and recovery, and while reading everything possible about the disease, created a shirt for her mother that read ‘FUCK CANCER.’ It was something she assumed her Mom would wear privately, while recovering. Instead, her mother wore it everywhere. Although her mother wasn’t the kind of woman to say ‘fuck,’ let alone wear it on her clothing, she was astonished to discover that the shirt elicited a very positive reception from strangers, who wanted to learn more as well as share their stories. Those words allowed people to be brave and vulnerable, so Yael decided to use the words and started ‘Fuck Cancer.’

The focus of the charity is to raise awareness to the importance of early detection. “Early detection is what saved my Mom’s life, and it’s where I felt I could make a real impact and really help people. I wanted to create a safe space for people to say what they were actually feeling, not what society told them they should be.”

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PAUL ALOFS

Paul Alofs joined The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation as President and CEO in 2003 after a family experience with cancer.
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PAUL ALOFS

Paul Alofs joined The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation as President and CEO in 2003 after a family experience with cancer. Since joining The Foundation, he has helped raise over $750 million for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world. In 2012, Paul launched the Billion Dollar Challenge for Personalized Cancer Medicine, the most ambitious in Canadian healthcare history. The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation has twice been awarded ‘Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture.’

Paul has earned a succession of accolades through an extraordinary career that began in the private sector and included Colgate-Palmolive Canada, the presidency of HMV Music Stores Canada, president of BMG Music Canada and an executive position with The Walt Disney Company, overseeing 500 Disney Stores throughout North America. He left Disney to help launch MP3.com, one of the more successful IPOs of the Internet age.

He has received the Outstanding Progress and Achievement Award from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto and the Retail Council of Canada named Paul Innovative Retailer of the Year. In 2005, he was inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends.

Paul is the author of the bestselling book, ‘Passion Capital: The World’s Most Valuable Asset.’ He has also served as a member of the board of the International Cancer Foundation in Geneva.

CANCER STATISTICS

It is important to realize that cancer is not a single disease but, in fact, hundreds of different diseases using the same name. That is one of the reasons why it is so difficult to conquer, but great progress is being made.

Cancer is a disease that begins in our cells. Our bodies are made up of millions of cells, grouped together to form tissues and organs. Genes inside each cell order it to grow, work, reproduce and die. Normally, our cells obey these orders and we remain healthy, but sometimes, the instructions get mixed up, causing the cells to form lumps or tumours, or spread through the bloodstream and lymphatic system to other parts of the body.

Tumours can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Benign tumour cells stay in one place in the body and are not usually life-threatening. On the other hand, malignant tumour cells are able to invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body. Cancer cells that spread to other parts of the body are called metastases.

In North America, cancer predominantly affects persons aged 50 and older, but it can occur at any age. Cancer incidence rates vary because of differences in the population, risk factors and early detection practices. Similarly, rates of cancer death vary because cancer screening rates and the availability of treatments vary.

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CANADIAN CANCER STATISTICS

An estimated 187,600 new cases of cancer and 75,500 deaths from cancer occurred in Canada in 2013 (does not include non-melanoma skin cancer cases).


Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada and is responsible for about 30% of all deaths.


It is estimated that in 2013:

  • 96,200 Canadian men were diagnosed with cancer and 39,400 men died from cancer.
  • 91,400 Canadian women were diagnosed with cancer and 36,100 women died from cancer.
  • On average, over 500 Canadians were diagnosed with cancer every day.
  • On average, over 200 Canadians died from cancer every day.

Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer in Canada, accounting for 14% of all new cancer cases. Based on 2013 estimates:

  • Prostate cancer was the most prevalent cancer in men, accounting for 26% of all new cancer cases.
  • Breast cancer accounted for 26% of all new cancer cases in women, and was the most common cancer for females.
Trends in cancer rates

Cancer is a disease that mostly affects Canadians aged 50 and older, but it can occur at any age. Across Canada, cancer incidence rates vary because of differences in the type of population, risk factors (including risk behaviours) and early detection practices. Similarly, rates of cancer death vary because cancer screening rates and the availability and use of treatment vary across the country.

Based on 2007 estimates, the probability of developing or dying from cancer:

  • 2 out of 5 Canadians (46% of men and 41% of women) are expected to develop cancer during their lifetimes.
  • 1 out of 4 Canadians (28% of men and 24% of women) is expected to die from cancer.
Survival

Based on 2006–2008 estimates, 63% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer are expected to survive for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis. Between 1992–1994 and 2006–2008, survival rates increased from 56% to 63% for all cancers combined.

  • The 5-year relative survival rate for lung cancer is low (17%).
  • The 5-year relative survival rate for colorectal cancer is average (65%).
  • The 5-year relative survival rate is high for prostate cancer (96%) and breast cancer (88%).

***Statistics provided by Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca).

PARTNER PROGRAMS

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UNION FOR INTERNATIONAL CANCER CONTROL (UICC)

This year alone, nearly 8 million people will die of cancer around the globe. Left unchecked, that number could escalate to 13.2 million per year by 2030. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is committed to reducing the global cancer burden through universal vaccination programmes for hepatitis B (HBV) and human papilloma virus (HPV) to prevent liver and cervical cancer, dramatic reductions in the emigration of health workers with special cancer training, universal availability of effective pain medication and dispelling myths and misconceptions about cancer. Founded in 1933, the Geneva-based UICC has a growing membership of 760 organizations across 155 countries.

Much of the commentary provided by medical experts within the film was made possible through the UICC. Many of the interviews took place during the UICC’s World Cancer Congress in Montreal in 2012. 'A Day Without Cancer' will be screened at the 2014 World Cancer Congress in Melbourne from December 3rd-6th 2014, and made available as a tool for raising awareness to each of the member organizations. www.uicc.org

FUNDRAISING TOOL-KIT

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation now has a 'Fundraising Tool-Kit' which will leverage the film 'A Day Without Cancer’ for the many supporters and partner organizations that share in the vision of Conquering Cancer in Our Lifetime.

The 'Tool-Kit' has been created to be a resource for individual fundraisers and supporters to augment their initiatives in support of special events such as The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer, The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend To End Women’s Cancers, Road Hockey To Conquer Cancer, Joe’s Team and any of the hundreds of community-driven events that benefit the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and partner organizations.

Included in the 'Tool-Kit,' you will receive a PDF of a poster (that could further be used for e-blasts), event management tools for planning budgets and best practices for hosting a screening of ‘A Day Without Cancer.’ You can order a DVD copy of this documentary by clicking here.

Chris Taylor, a three-time survivor, said this about the progress being made in the fight to conquer cancer: "We are going to conquer cancer. I've seen the advances in my own life and in my own treatment."

WAYS TO SUPPORT

The battle against cancer is waged by so many people in so many ways. ‘A Day Without Cancer’ demonstrates that the current state of patient care and the enhancements to scientific and clinical research could only be achieved with the co-operation and support of our communities. You can continue to support the cause by sharing the story of ‘A Day Without Cancer’.

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Fundraising Tool-Kit

Your Fundraising ‘Tool-Kit’ will include a PDF of a poster, e-invite, a budget template and best practices for hosting your own screening of the film.
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WATCH THE
FILM

‘A Day Without Cancer’ is an important story to tell and to be shared. You are encouraged to order a copy of the DVD and include it in your video library.

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MAKE A
DONATION

While the message within the film is that much progress has been made in recent years in the fight to Conquer Cancer, there is still more work to be done. With the continued support from our community, this important work can be completed. To make a contribution in support of the cause, please click here to donate.

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For more information about 'A Day Without Cancer,’
please contact: Kevin Shea
Associate Director, Public Relations
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
610 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2M9
kevin.shea@thepmcf.ca
416-946-2898
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