by Rhonda Massad
With red capes flying behind them and wind in their hair, young cancer patients took to the race track at McGill Sports Complex on Saturday, November 3. Friends, family, patients, and doctors put aside their cancer challenges for a few hours to bike, run and swim to raise funds for Sarah’s Floor. Pet therapy, music therapy, Dr. Clown, nurse training and social services are just the tip of the iceberg as to the programs generated by the millions of dollars raised in the past 17 years.
In 2001 Sarah Cook, the fund’s namesake, wanted to help other young patients who had cancer. Sarah, then 8 years old wanted to make a difference. The fun day runs all day with games, inflatables, and prizes for participants and spectators of all ages. This year the event raised a staggering $230,000.
Splash & Dash is the signature event for Sarah’s Fund at Cedars Cancer Foundation that raises critical funds for the needs of young cancer patients who are hospitalized on Sarah’s Floor, the inpatient Hematology- Oncology division, at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.