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June 12, 2006
Media Advisory - Toronto Fire Fighters play ball for cancer research
More than 600 Toronto Fire Fighters will participate in the 16th annual Rob Penney Memorial Slo-Pitch Tournament to support the International Fire Fighters’ Cancer Research Fund at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Date: Wednesday, June 14
Time: 9 a.m to 4 p.m.
Location: East Point Park, Scarborough (Copperfield Road, between Manse Road and Beechgrove Drive)

Today, fire fighters battle more than stubborn blazes. Increasing numbers are fighting the effects of cancer, which is now the leading cause of death among fire fighters. Research shows that fire fighters face a higher risk of certain cancers, including brain, kidney, lung, stomach, colon, leukemia and lymphoma. We need to find out why.

The tournament will bring hundreds of active and retired fire fighters and their families together to help beat cancer.

To date, the International Fire Fighters’ Cancer Research Fund has donated more than $700,000 to support groundbreaking cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital.

The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, at University Health Network, raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Canada’s leading cancer research hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute. For more information, visit University Health Network consists of Princess Margaret, Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, and is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

Media contact:

Acting District Chief Mike Strapko
Toronto Fire Services



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