The opportunity for me to give back to the community in this way has been such an inspiration. The continued support of the local Oakville community to help this cause makes the LOL event a great success every year. Every penny that goes to Princess Margaret Hospital, Sick Kids and Wellspring helps the battle, the war, against cancer.
It's a sad fact that most of us will be affected in one way or another ...but an incredible revelation and inspiration when you're amongst 500+ people in one room who really BELIEVE and HOPE and TRUST that we will find a way to overcome cancer. The evening is a great night of laughs, some tears, inspiration and most of all...gratitude. We have so much be be thankful for..
Here's to a successful 2013!
In 2010, I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in all 3 events we support. Each event was truly unique, incredibly moving and inspirational. I would not trade all the hours of walking and cycling, the sweat, the tears. Being part of these events has changed my life and made me want to make a difference. PMH uses the term "Strength in Numbers" and when you participate in these events, the slogan holds so true. When you see the sea of pink ahead of you and behind you during the walk, or for the ride thousands of bikes ahead of you all wearing yellow-you know that you are making a difference! Organizing LOL has also enriched my life and allowed me to meet such incredible people. The cancer survivors inspire me every day. I am very proud of the LOL event and I hope that its success continues for years to come.
I ride and walk because I can. Because I have to. I Ride and Walk because I believe that we are going to make a difference.
In 2009, I attended my first Ladies Out Laughing event with my mom, and was inspired by the team of fabulous women who were taking a stand against cancer - through laughter. The following year, I joined the team and was ready to make a difference. I've been working with these amazing ladies for 4 years now on the event and loving every minute of it. My good friend's son lost his battle with cancer in 2009 - which hit home really hard. This summer I will be cycling in my 5th Tour for Kids in memory of Alex Pace, who fought an inspiring, dignified and determined 2-year battle with cancer. I will ride 400-800 kilometers across Ontario over 4 days for Team Axel, in support of children and their families living with cancer and beyond.
It started in 2009 - I attended my first Ladies Out Laughing event, and I became truly inspired by the community support and the compassion that filled the room for such an event. Women joining together, forming a bond, for the battle against cancer, through comedy. 3 years ago I joined the team! With support from my family and friends, I embarked on a two day cycling journey from Toronto to Niagara Falls as a participant for the Ride To Conquer Cancer. It was definitely a physical challenge, but compared to the courageous battles I have seen fought by family and friends, it compared to none. Thank you ladies for being such a dedicated team, and together we can all make a difference! Thank you in advance for your generous support.
In April 2008, a few friends decided to register for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer, a 2-day walk in support of Princess Margaret. At the time, the walking part was not so intimidating, however the thought of having to raise $2,000 each was! We had just over 4 months to raise our funds. We approached Laurie Elliott - a comedian from Toronto, to come out to Oakville with a few other female comedians and perform. Luckily for us, the venue was filled to capacity and over $6,000 was raised in one evening. In April 2009, we held another sold out show, entertained over 230 women, and raised $9,000 for the Campbell Family Institute at the Princess Margaret.
In 2010, we took a huge leap and booked a much larger venue - with the hopes of getting 500 women out to the show. We changed our event name to 'Ladies Out Laughing', launched a new website and fantastic logo, and also received generous corporate support. With our increased success, we decided to add the Tour for Kids charity, an event that supports children living with cancer and beyond. LOL 2010 was incredibly successful, 500 women packed the venue and we raised over $30,000. In 2011, with additional sponsorship and fantastic prizes, we raised over $33,000. In 2012, we raised over $40,000!
This year we are pleased to welcome TD Bank Group as our new Title Sponsor, and with their help we hope to raise $50,000! We have also added Wellspring Halton-Peel to our supported charities, a local facility that provides programs and services for cancer patients. LOL funds will support their Exercise and Nutrition programs.
We are pleased that LOL has become an anticipated yearly, women only comedy event for charity and hope that it continues for years to come. As long as we can walk and cycle, our quest to "Conquer Cancer in our Lifetime" will continue.
Laugh Often, Live Fully, Love Freely
Having been a volunteer, supporter and friend of the LOL ladies since well before they dreamed up this very special event, I believe my participation this year will inspire my family to realise that ultimitely it's not about the "me" but more about the global "us". To be part of a goal supporting research which will eradicate the disease so as our children won't ever have to lose sisters, friends, cousins or daughters through cancer. One of my highlights last year was walking in the PMH Weekend to End Breast Cancer. Walking in September, in the pelting rain (only adding to the nostalgia) was a truely amazing experience. I am so grateful to the LOL girls who gave me this amazing opportunity and I look very much forward to being part of future events. Oh! Yes, did I mention, I Iove to live, love and laugh - usually simultaneously :)