Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek will be the honorary team leader for the Pancreatic Cancer Canada team that is running in the "5K Your Way" walk/run, in support of the Princess Margaret Hospital on Sunday, October 18 in Toronto. The event is part of the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon. Komisarek will be donating $5,000 to Pancreatic Cancer Canada, as well as meet with the team after they finish their run at Queen's Park on Sunday at approximately 9 a.m.
Komisarek's mother, Kathy, died after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer on November 29, 2005 at the age of 51. He pays tribute to Kathy each game by wearing her initials on the back of his helmet. As well, he is helping raise awareness, so funds can be raised for early detection research.
Pancreatic cancer is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women in both Canada and the United States with no cure. There are no early detection methods, and by the time pancreatic cancer is diagnosed, it is usually too late for a promising outcome and the options for treatment are minimal.
Pancreatic Cancer Canada is the only Canadian group raising awareness and directing funds into early detection research. For more information on Pancreatic Cancer Canada visit www.pancreaticcancercanada.ca. Donations can be made at www.pancreaticcancercanada.ca/credit_card.html.
To celebrate the start of the 2009-10 season, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association will host their annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month in October. The League-wide initiative includes numerous activities that involve all 30 clubs, players, management and fans, as well as the creation of Hockey Fights Cancer-themed merchandise -- all with the goal of raising awareness and funds for this important cause.