Did you know that hematology (blood) cancer is on the rise within Canada? That’s a scary thought. From 2014 to 2016, the number of Canadians that are either living with, or are in remission from blood cancer increased by 25%. In fact, in Canada, it’s the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer.
Most blood cancers are not genetic or inherited, but rather are an obtained mutation to the DNA of blood-forming cells. Those cells multiply quicker than healthy cells and are much less likely to naturally die. People who are diagnosed with blood cancer need treatment. Stats show that the number of people who live five or more years after they’ve been diagnosed with most types of cancer has increased over the past 10 years. Unfortunately, most often, people are not expecting to get cancer. It’s not something that you plan for. It’s something that happens and completely changes your world. Cancer treatment often comes with expenses that you’re just not expecting or able to pay for. In some cases, the burden of these expenses are just too much and people may not be able to receive their recommended treatments simply because of the cost.
When we hear about stuff like this, we have a natural desire to want to help, and while the vast majority of us are ill equipped to help with finding the cure for cancers, we still want to be able to do something.
Blood, Sweat & Spin is an event that is looking to raise money for blood cancer initiatives and the Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund. This event is raising money to be able to help blood cancer patients in very real and very tangible ways. Here is everything that you need to know about the event, including how to donate, how to participate, and what exactly this event is.
Information At A GlanceDate: Saturday, March 30, 2019 Time: 8:30am and 1:00pm (these are two different start times) Location: The Factory, 100 Kellogg Lane
What Exactly Is It?Blood, Sweat & Spin is a “Spin-athon”. Basically, people sign up and raise funding to participate in this event. The event takes place with two different sessions on March 30th. The first session starts at 8:30am and the afternoon session starts at 1:00pm. Each session lasts for three hours. Participants will pedal on spin bikes for three 50 minute intervals with 10 minute breaks in between. While participants are encouraged to ride at their own pace, there will cyclist leaders there encouraging the riders!
What Can Participants Expect?
An official after party will take place inside The Factory at the Powerhouse Brewing Co Brewery! Not only that, but anyone who participated in the event will receive 15% off their purchases at Powerhouse bar and shop. So participants and volunteers alike can get together after the event and celebrate the incredible accomplishments of the day.
How Can I Participate?
If you’ve read enough and know that you want to participate somehow, then there are four ways that you can do that.
Sweat and Spin
One of the ways that you can participate is signing up to be a cyclist at the event and commit to raising the funds needed to participate. Register here as an individual or as a team. If you don’t have anyone willing to join as a team with you, but the idea of doing all 3 hours on your own sounds way too daunting, you can opt to join a team that has already been started head. Don’t worry about not knowing who your teammates will be, everyone at the event has a common goal and will be friendly and invigorated at the idea of raising money for a great cause. If you want to join another team, head over here, scroll down to the register button, and then click that you want to join a team.
Another way that you can participate is simply by donating! The facts are harsh: treating blood cancer costs twice the amount that it costs to treat any other kind of cancer. It takes longer hospital stays and the treatment is way more complex than with other kinds of cancer. Donating to this event will help them to reach their goal of raising $25,000 for blood cancer initiatives and patient assistance programs. You can donate here. You have the option of a one time only donation or a monthly donation amount. You can donate right up to (and including) the event day, March 30th!
Back a Cyclist
Imagine taking a three hour spin class. What a feat! You would be sweating buckets and really working your body. The cyclists participating in this event are going to be working hard for every dollar they raise. If you can’t participate in the event but want to support someone who is, then you can totally do that! To help an individual or team reach their fundraising goals, you can click here, scroll to the bottom of the page. They’ve listed all of individuals and all of the teams that have registered so far. There are a lot of people signed up to sweat and spin that could use your financial support!
Spread the Word
One of the biggest obstacles for events like these is getting the word out there. People are inclined to give and to want to help when it comes to causes like this, but many people simply just don’t know that events like these exist. So try sharing an article, or talking to your friends about it. Spread the word so that more people have the opportunity to give.
Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund
We live in Canada, which means that many of our healthcare costs are covered by OHIP. While that may be the case, there are a number of expenses that come with cancer treatment that are not covered by OHIP that patients must pay for out of pocket. Those expenses are often unexpected and become too much of a burden to bare. Some of those expenses include medications, wigs, mastectomy bras, equipment rentals, transportation, Lymphedema supplies, nutritional beverages, accommodations, parking, child care, and so much more. The LRCP Patient Assistance Program seeks to help patients who cannot afford this and might otherwise not be able to receive treatment because of this. Patients that are experiencing financial burden because of their cancer and their treatment can apply for assistance with the LRCP. Similarly, they can also apply for assistance with the Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund. The Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund program was created by Susan Goodreau to honour her husband who died because of cancer and works in a similar way to the LRCP Patient Assistance Program.