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Welcome to Roberta's Team Cure Challenge Page

Maureen with her son Dylan, husband Sean, and me
Maureen with her son Dylan, husband Sean, and me

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Ms. Roberta Massiah

110 percent of goal achieved.

Goal: $12,000.00
Achieved: $13,220.88

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Thanks to your generosity, we've more than doubled my initial $5000 goal! We're in the home stretch now... let's see how much we can raise together for cancer patients! Happy Holidays to you all!

On January 6, I will be running the Walt Disney World half-marathon (13.1 miles / 21.1 kilometres) in memory of Maureen McLellan. As many of you know, Maureen was my best friend; we were friends since we were nine years old when we were members of a swim team in Toronto and grew closer through high school and the years to follow. In August 2004, she lost her life at the age of 31 after a brave two month battle with melanoma, much of which was spent at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. Roswell Park is one of the top comprehensive cancer centers in North America.

I will be competing in the half marathon as part of the Team Cure Challenge program organized by Roswell Park Cancer Institute to raise money for much-needed cancer research. I have set a personal fundraising goal of $5000. Seventy-five percent of every dollar I raise goes directly toward research and patient care programs. Specifically, these funds are distributed to the Roswell Park programs in greatest need of support and new research that shows the highest potential for saving lives and improving the patient experience.

Even if you didn’t know Maureen, most of us know someone who has battled this disease; I myself also have aunts, a great aunt, an uncle, a grandmother, and a grandfather who battled cancer. Approximately 1.37 million Americans will be newly diagnosed with cancer this year; an estimated 153,100 new cases of cancer and 70,400 deaths from cancer will occur in Canada in 2006.

Please support me as I compete for cancer patients - just click on the "Donate" button below the photos above to make a donation. (If you'd rather donate by cheque, please include my name in the memo area and send to: Team Cure Challenge, RPCI, PO Box 644, Buffalo, NY 14240). Many companies will match their employees' donations, which is an easy opportunity to double your support. Please also feel free to forward this information on to others you feel may want to help support this cause.

Thank you in advance for helping me honour Maureen’s memory and supporting me in this important project by contributing generously.

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