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 6 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 7th 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.
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 $45,000, in 2013 we raised $62,000 and last year we raised an incredible $65,000!
This year we are pleased to welcome back TD Bank Group as our Title Sponsor, and with their help we hope to raise another $65,000!
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.