Clicks for Cancer

UPDATE!!!
THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has participated so far in Clicks for Cancer!!! Amazing!
I’m still fundraising to help everyone on our team participate, I’ve now added the link to donate to our Team instead of me! Woo hoo!

In June 2017, I’ll be embarking on an epic 2-day 200km bike ride between Toronto and Niagara Falls with Team Cockburn to raise money for the Ride to Conquer Cancer (R2CC). I thought that it’d be great to use my camera to raise money for my team–since we each have to raise $2500–and you get to have some awesome pictures and a tax return!

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Team Cockburn Crossing the finish line at the R2CC 2016

Team Cockburn started participating in the R2CC in 2015. That year Don Cockburn (my father-in-law), for some crazy reason, decided that it would be a great way to give back to the community that has helped him through (quite literally) hundreds of treatments and procedures since his diagnosis in 2007. In 2015, 6 riders set out on their adventure, with two survivors on the team! It was also a great honour to have one of the PMH volunteers, Dee, who has been a friendly face for Don during his chemo visits. This first year of fundraising brought in around $30,000!

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The first year Team Cockburn crossed the finish line!

 

In 2016, the team grew to 18 riders, with 4 survivors crossing the finish line! Unfortunately, Don was unable to participate this year due to his health, but giving the team even more motivation to work as hard as they could. This year, the team raised a grand total of $65,377!! We're just starting our fundraising efforts for the 2017 R2CC and hoping that we can raise even more funds.

 

Both my husband's and my own families have been hugely impacted by cancer over the years. Not only has my father-in-law had to deal with this disease, his father, sister, and brother have also had to fight this disease. My mother-in-law has been battling a rare and chronic form of the disease for over a decade. In my own family, both of my uncles have had to endure early diagnoses and treatments. It's devastating to see  our loved ones suffer from this disease, but it's amazing to know that through fundraising initiatives like the R2CC, better treatment options have given us many more years to enjoy our families than would have ever been possible before.

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Jess and Bob at her 2012 PhD Convocation from Queen's

If you don't already know, I am a Cancer Researcher by day and photographer by night. I studied thyroid cancer during my graduate career at Queen's University. My thesis specifically examined how cancer cells migrate through the body. Since 2012, I've been working on breast cancer at McMaster University, trying to predict breast cancer patients who are likely to respond to treatment and have a better outcome. Working in research labs has shown me how precious life is and how much more we need to learn about cancer. One of the reasons I love doing photography, is that I recognize how important it is to cherish the moments we have with families in times of good health.

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A cancer cell from Jess' thesis, not surprisingly she loved taking pictures of cells!

Both of my projects have been supported by public fundraising initiatives, including the Terry Fox Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society (don't worry, I fund raise for these guys too!). I know first hand how much money it takes to run a lab and how difficult it can be to find the funds to do so! For example, in order for me to do my post-doctoral fellowship, I've needed over $250,000 in funds over 4 years! You can imagine that a project with multiple team members and using cutting edge technologies can easily require a million dollars in funds.

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Jess just about to submit her PhD thesis!!

These are just a few of the ways to contribute to the cause:

 

-100% of the cost of a portrait session
-50% of the cost of weddings booked before June 2017
-A $50 donation will get a 5x7 framed daffodil print
-A 100$ donation will get an 8x10 framed daffodil print

 

You'll donate directly to the R2CC, which means that you'll also get a tax receipt. Woot!
Pleas e-mail me to get more information about how to donate and more specifics of each donation option!

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