“Without money to support cancer research I may not be alive,” says Constable Gordon Wong, a cancer survivor.
Wong, along with many officers from the Service, helped raise a record-breaking $103,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society in the 19th year of the Cops for Cancer event. This means the Toronto Police Service has now raised more than $1 million to date.
From Traffic Services to 42 Division to Court Services, different teams from around the Service came together to raise funds and shave their heads for the cause.
In individual earners, records were also broken.Constable Amy Davey beat the individual record of $6,600 by Staff Sergeant David Rydzik, by amassing a total of $15,374 in donations.
“They say it takes a village to raise a child but, in the same way, it takes a village to raise that kind of money,” said Davey, who shaved off all 22 inches of her hair at the event. Most of the donations were from family, friends, co-workers and friends of her parents, said Davey. She participated in the event to show support for her mother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in March of last year.
“I was very happy that I was able to show my love and support for my mother, but also with the Canadian Cancer Society I feel very fortunate to be in a position to support what they’re doing,” said the Detective Constable.
Davey, who’s head was shaved by Chief Bill Blair, said she was honoured to have the Chief participate. “I was very honoured that Chief Blair was kind enough to be my shaver. I know he is leaving soon and it was an honour to know one of his last acts was to do this for me,” said Davey.
Similarly, like Davey, Constable Todd Grover of Transit Patrol was also sporting a new hair style. His head was shaved by his wife and fellow officer. Janice Woronchok, a cancer survivor.
Woronchok, a Constable in the Traffic Reconstruction Unit, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2013, after going to the doctor for a physical. She had her surgery the following year and has been cancer-free since then.
Grover’s team raised more than $5,000 for the cause, with six members of Transit Patrol shaving their heads. “I wanted to participate because my wife, Janice, just spent two years fighting thyroid cancer and everything is successful now. She beat her disease. So, for her, I’m going to shave my head and show my support and care for her,” said Grover.
She beat her disease. So, for her, I’m going to shave my head and show my support and care for her,
The highest team earners from the Service were the ‘42 Division Heroes’ who raised $13,451 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Inspector Dave Vickers, along with Staff Sergeant Ryzdik and other officers from the Division, had their heads shaved at the event.
“What I would really like to say is how proud I am to be a member of the 42 Division Heroes team. Much of the money we raised was donated by police officers and their families. So I couldn’t be prouder of all the members of the Division. We couldn’t be prouder to help fight this nasty disease that has touched us all,” said the Inspector.