CFL Fans Fight Cancer
CFL Fans Fight Cancer is exactly what the name suggests. They are a group of CFL fans stretching across Canada that try to make a difference each year in our local communities to fight cancer and support those living with this terrible disease that has touched so many of us.
The group is the brainchild of Hamilton Tiger-Cats fan Jarrett Harris of Les’ Fund and Lacrosse Fans Fighting Cancer. An avid CFL fan and member of the Grey Cup community, Jarrett decided to start a similar group among his CFL friends.
The groups largest chapter is in Ontario and they also have a presence in British Columbia and have held events in the Winnipeg area as well.
Since 2005 they have raised thousands of dollars for charities and foundations such as the Wellspring Cancer Support Centre, Hannah’s Heroes Foundation, The Chris Knox Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society.
Each year at Grey Cup they organize an annual meet and greet in the host city, with all proceeds going to a local cancer charity in that city. Through button sales and this event, this is our biggest event of the year and they always get great support from CFL fans across the country.
CFL Fans Fight Cancer Meet and Greet Raises Money at Grey Cup
CFLAA – November 28, 2016
On November 26th, 2016 the CFL Fans Fight Cancer (http://www.cflfansfightcancer.com/) held a meet and greet fundraiser to raise money for the Never Alone Foundation (https://neveralonefoundation.ca/) and Wellspring Canada (https://wellspring.ca/). The meet and greet was open to all CFL fans across the country.
There were many auction items to bid on and the event was emceed by Toronto Argonauts Alumni Joe Eppele and Jason Pottinger. The event was held at Shoeless Joes restaurant. Fans enjoyed great food and drinks, team pep bands and interacting with CFL Alumni Damon Allen, James West, Jeff Boyd, Rob Crifo, Jeff Avery, John Glassford, Jim Cain, Pat Cantner, Ian Mofford, Bob Bronk, Duane Butler, Michael Collymore, Leo Ezerins, Duane Butler and Rick Sowieta.
Through the raffle draws, 50/50, silent auction and on site donations $9640.50 was raised for the Never Alone Foundation and Wellspring Canada. We are honoured to be part of this event and we thank Jason and Joe for emceeing and all the alumni that came out to support the event.
CFL Fans Fight Cancer – Help Kick Cancer Right Between The Uprights
By Tony Playter
November 25th, 2016
It is well known that CFL fans have a strong passion for football and their favourite team. We have all stayed in the stands during adverse weather conditions to see our gridiron heroes battle until the final gun.
The members of CFL Fans Fight Cancer have that same passion and determination in their quest to help kick cancer right between the uprights. The grassroots group of community-minded Canadian Football League fans donate their time and talents to support the fight against cancer.
“CFL Fans Fight Cancer was established in 2005 as a direct result of CFL legend Ron Lancaster being diagnosed with cancer,” said Jennifer Mulder. “Everyone involved with the program volunteers their time to raise awareness about cancer.”
Jennifer and her team of dedicated volunteers raise awareness in their communities but their biggest fund raising efforts come during Grey Cup week.
“Our annual Grey Cup meet and greet is our largest fundraising event,” said Mulder. “We are a group of CFL fans stretching across Canada that try to make a difference each year in our local communities to fight cancer and support those living with this terrible disease that has touched so many of us.”
All funds raised during Grey Cup week are donated to a local host city cancer charity. These charities offer direct and, most often, free support to people and families with cancer.
Since 2005 CFLFFC has raised over $75,000 for charities and foundations such as the Wellspring Cancer Support Centre, Hannah’s Heroes Foundation, The Chris Knox Foundation, Never alone and the Canadian Cancer Society.
“This year, as the 104th Grey Cup is being celebrated in Toronto, the funds raised will go to support the Wellspring Downtown Toronto facility as well as the Never Alone Foundation,” said Mulder. “The 2016 event is set to take place on Saturday, November 26, from 11 am to 2 pm at Shoeless Joes restaurant, located at 276 King St. West.”
“We are proud to have former Toronto Argonaut Joe Eppele as our MC and guest appearances by the Toronto Argonotes, the Saskatchewan Roughrider Pep Band as well as other CFL alumni,” added Mulder.
While Mulder is proud of the organizations volunteer efforts and support they get from CFL fans, she is still looking to grow CFLFFC in more provinces.
“We are looking for chapter leaders in Calgary, Edmonton, Regina and Montreal,” said Mulder. “If you want to get involved with us, we would love for you to join the fight.”
If you have the passion make a difference in your community and are looking to kick cancer right between the uprights, you can find more information on CFL Fans Fight Cancer at cflfansfightcancer.com.