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Queen’s Cure Cancer Classic hockey tournament surpasses $1 million in fundraising

A Queen's University women's team that took part in the Queen's Cure Cancer Classic hockey tournament late in November 2022 at the Invista Centre in Kingston.

After 17 years of fundraising towards the battle against cancer, the Queen’s Cure Cancer Classic hockey tournament has passed the $1 million raised mark.

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The latest tournament took place late last month, with four women’s and four men’s teams from various Queen’s University faculties competing. The 2022 tournament raised more than $120,000.

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The tournament was organized by Queen’s commerce and engineering students with the support of many corporate and community partners, a news release said.

“The Cure Cancer Classic has been a passion project for Queen’s commerce and engineering students the past 17 years, and reaching this important fundraising milestone is a testament to the entire community,” the news release issued by tournament co-chairs Amy Janes and Robert Hume read.

“The game of hockey has served as a unifying force in many Canadians’ lives, and we are proud to use these events, like this past weekend’s Queen’s Classic to bring people together to raise funds to support those impacted by cancer.

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“The Queen’s Classic is an important part of the Cure Cancer Classic stable of events, which also includes a fundraising golf tournament and the popular Queen’s Commerce vs. Engineering rivalry game in March.”

The game, which has been played at the Leon’s Centre and attracts approximately 4,700 spectators every year, was postponed due to COVID-19 in 2021, but resumed in 2022. The 2023 game is scheduled for early March.

The Cure Cancer Classic works with the Canadian Cancer Society to fund cancer research at the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) located on the Queen’s campus in Kingston.

The fundraiser has also supported Dr. Annie Huang of SickKids hospital for pediatric brain cancer research as well as CCTG and other brain cancer-specific research projects and researchers at various hospitals.

“The Canadian Cancer Society is so appreciative and fortunate to be working closely with the Cure Cancer Classic team again this year,” Doug Kane, the Canadian Cancer Society director of independent fundraising and sports alliances, said in a statement.

“They are an extremely dedicated and passionate group of students having a significant impact on the cancer landscape. The funds they raise support the amazing cancer research being conducted at the Canadian Cancer Trials Group located here in Kingston.”

This article was originally written by Ian MacAlpine at The Kingston Whig-Standard and published on December 7, 2022. You can find the original article here.


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