Cancer touches many lives.
Deputy Chief Mike Federico lost his father, Arthur, last year to the disease and his wife, Debby, is a cancer survvior.
For the past eight years, Federico has been shaving his head for the annual Cops for Cancer Toronto fundraiser to be held on April 12 at Yorkdale Mall.
“None of us are unaffected by cancer,” said Federico, who is one of the Service’s leading Cops For Cancer fundraising champion. “This event is an excellent way to raise awareness about the fight against cancer, mobilize the community and also fund cancer research which pays off in new techniques and a new understanding of the disease.”
Staff Sergeant Chris Boddy, who got a pink manicure to support the fight against breast cancer last August, has been a Cops for Cancer participant since 2010.
“This year is personal because I have two aunts that have battled back from the disease,” said Boddy. “We have all been affected by cancer, directly or indirectly. It also affects members of our police family.”
This event is an excellent way to raise awareness about the fight against cancer, mobilize the community and also fund cancer research which pays off in new techniques and a new understanding of the disease.
Started in Edmonton in 1994, Cops for Cancer is a national program raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society to fund research and support patients.
“Cops for Cancer is one of the Canadian Cancer Society’s signature events and something every officer should do at least once,” said the Canadian Cancer Society Ontario division senior manager of corporate and community partnerships Tonya Stewart. “Cutting and donating your hair or shaving your head is a visible representation of your commitment to the fight against cancer and the funds you raise help us fund critical services for those fighting the disease today and innovative research into the causes and cures.
“The Society is so proud to partner with Toronto Police, Yorkdale Shopping Centre and the community on this incredible event.”
Last year, nearly 60 officers took part in the fundraiser.
Interested Service members can get involved by contacting Staff Sergeant Chris Boddy at firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate, visit the Cops For Cancer fundraising site