MONTREAL - The solidarity of policemen will be honored during the January 16 game against the Dallas Stars when police officers and civilians shave their heads for Cops Against Cancer. Fans will also be invited to get their heads shaven in exchange of a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Canadiens defenseman Mike Komisarek, who has accepted to have his head shaven to show solidarity for those with cancer, will act as a spokesperson for the activity. Komisarek will be accompanied by RDS analyst Jacques Demers. "The fact that I recently lost my mother to cancer makes this cause even more significant to me," said Mike Komisarek. "I would like to thank everyone dedicated to this worthy cause and who, through actions such as Cops Against Cancer, contribute to finding a cure through research."
This year will be the fifth edition of the shave-o-thon in Quebec. During the past three years, the activity presented at the Bell Centre allowed the Canadian Cancer Society to collect close to $150,000. "We are happy to see that every year, an impressive number of officers volunteer themselves to help the Canadian Cancer Society", said Brigitte Roy, Development Agent at the Canadian Cancer Society. "This activity at the Bell Centre allows the Society to collect funds that go towards research, support and information."
Cops Against Cancer is an event made possible by the Montreal Canadiens, the Fraternité des Policiers et Policières de Montréal, the Sûreté du Québec and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. "This unique initiative started when an Edmonton police agent and his colleagues had their heads shaved to show solidarity towards a young boy with cancer, said Mr. Yves Francoeur, President of the Fraternité des Policiers et Policières de Montréal. “At the Fraternity, we make it an honor to pursue this great initiative in Quebec for now more than five years.”
According to the 2005 Canadian Cancer Statistics, an estimated 149,000 new cases of cancer and 69,500 deaths from cancer will occur in Canada in 2005. On the basis of current death rates, 24 per cent of women and 29 per cent of men, or approximately one out of every four Canadians will die from cancer. In Quebec, cancer is now the leading cause of death.
Canadiens in the community
Throughout the year, the Canadiens' Community Relations department organizes more than a dozen events for hockey fans and charitable organizations. The Canadiens are proud to contribute to Montreal and Quebec's heritage, not only through their on-ice accomplishments, but also with their ongoing commitment to the community.
About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and to enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. It is the largest charitable fund for cancer research in Canada. To learn more about cancer, visit www.cancer.ca. To find out about the Canadian Cancer Society fundraising activities, contact Brigitte Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org.