One Night Stand Against Cancer

Posted on October 12, 2018

Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 10, 2018 – Today, the Canadian Cancer Society joined together with comedian, actor, and writer, Mark Critch at The Sobey Cancer Support Centre to launch a new campaign called, One Night Stand Against Cancer. The campaign is aimed at raising funds to provide accommodation for patients in Nova Scotia who must travel for cancer treatment.

In 2017, it was estimated that 6,200 Nova Scotians were diagnosed with cancer. Some of these patients have to travel from their home community to access radiation therapy or specialized cancer care in Halifax. Last year, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Dr Susan K. Roberts - Lodge That Gives in Halifax provided a home-away-from-home for more than 800 patients.

Critch has joined the campaign as Honourary Chairperson because his life has been touched by the disease through his mother’s journey with breast cancer. “They say laughter is the best medicine. I wish it was,” says Mark Critch. “My mother and many of the people I love have been diagnosed with cancer. It’s normal to feel helpless but we aren’t. We can take a stand together and let all cancer patients in Nova Scotia know that they are not alone,” he adds.

From now until December 21, Nova Scotians are asked to support One Night Stand Against Cancer, by making a $100 donation at cancer.ca to pick up the tab for a one-night stay for patients at the Canadian Cancer Society lodge in Halifax. The campaign will culminate with a November 15 all-day radio telethon appeal on Newcap’s Mix 96.5.

“When a cancer patient has to travel for treatment, being away from family and friends can be particularly overwhelming when a person is so ill,’ says Jane Parsons the Canadian Cancer Society’s Atlantic Region Executive Director. “By making a donation through One Night Stand Against Cancer, you are helping relieve some of the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis so that patients in your community and across the province can focus on getting better.”

The One Night Stand Against Cancer campaign started in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2015. In this time, more than $500,000 has been raised in support of patient accommodation. The goal for the 2018 campaign in Nova Scotia is $250,000.

About Canadian Cancer Society:

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Susan Ready, Revenue Development Manager, 902-423-0233, susan.ready@ns.cancer.ca