TORONTO, ON, AUG. 14, 2017
– Tour de Bleu, a 160-kilometre private cycling event hosted by the Peter Gilgan Foundation and Mattamy Homes, has raised $3.66 million to support a bold new national strategy for the treatment and prevention of women’s cancers being developed at Women’s College Hospital (WCH).
“The leadership, vision and profound generosity of Peter Gilgan and the incredible Tour de Bleu riders is unparalleled,” states Katherine Hay, president and CEO of Women’s College Hospital Foundation. “These are individuals who are determined in their commitment to give every woman, every chance to survive cancer.”
The funds raised by Tour de Bleu will support critical work being done within The Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers at Women’s College Hospital, launching a national strategy designed to transform care for women’s cancers on a national scale in collaboration with the Canadian Cancer Society.
By drawing together WCH’s excellence in research, clinical care, innovation and education and then leveraging that knowledge across the country, the vision and long-term goal of the Centre, shared by all the riders of Tour de Bleu, is to ensure that every Canadian woman receives access to the highest standard of care in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship of cancer – no matter where she lives.
“As a father and a grandfather, it’s extremely important to me to ensure my children, their children and all future generations of Canadians in communities across the country have access to the very best healthcare that can be delivered – and this is what we can make happen,” says Peter Gilgan, founder of Mattamy Homes and one of Canada’s most influential philanthropists. “What Women’s College is doing to create equitable access to their world-leading work in the areas of cancer research, education and models of care is invaluable and it is something our riders, our sponsors and my family are very proud to support.”
Last year, Tour de Bleu raised $3.25 million for Women’s College Hospital – then a record breaking amount – to support research within the Hereditary Cancers Unit and the Women’s College Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual care. It was the single-largest gift ever made by a group of private donors in support of WCH’s global leadership in the prevention, screening and treatment of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and it was the largest amount ever raised through Tour de Bleu since its launch in 2005.
Leveraging the incredible success of last year’s gift in support of hereditary cancer research, Tour de Bleu riders wanted to extend their support this year to reach as many women and families as possible by advancing WCH’s work across all aspects of care for women’s cancers.
“Women’s College Hospital has long been known as a leader in the field of women’s cancers – from research and prevention through to diagnosis, care and survivorship, and we are constantly innovating to provide better, more personalized and more effective care to women of all backgrounds,” comments Marilyn Emery, president and CEO of Women’s College Hospital. “The extraordinary impact of Tour de Bleu’s gift will be felt by women across the country. It is a tremendous example of how a community working together can create real, widespread change through the powerful combination of vision, leadership, philanthropy and determination. We are extremely grateful to all the riders, sponsors and supporters.”
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Women’s College Hospital Foundation
About Tour de Bleu
Tour de Bleu is an annual private cycling fundraiser founded in 2005 by philanthropist Peter Gilgan, Founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes. Since its launch, Tour de Bleu has raised over $12 million in support of key initiatives at Toronto-area hospitals as well as for the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario.
The Peter Gilgan Foundation
The Peter Gilgan Foundation is a private foundation created by philanthropist and business leader Peter Gilgan. Donations totaling more than $150 million have been directed to a variety of causes, including health and wellness, recreation and active lifestyles, educational institutions, international development and environmental protection. The Peter Gilgan Foundation’s current focus is on children, youth, and families, as well as environmental protection and international development. Visit www.petergilganfoundation.org
for more information.
Founded by Peter Gilgan in 1978, Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, with operations across the United States and Canada. Mattamy has sold more than 70,000 homes in 160 communities. In the United States, the company is represented in nine metropolitan areas. Visit www.mattamyhomes.com
for more information.
Women’s College Hospital
For more than 100 years Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has been developing revolutionary advances in healthcare. Today, WCH is a world leader in the health of women and Canada’s leading, academic ambulatory hospital. A champion of equitable access, WCH advocates for the health of all women from diverse cultures and backgrounds and ensures their needs are reflected in the care they receive. WCH is the only hospital in Canada with a strategic priority to develop, test and implement new models of care and then scale those innovations beyond the hospital walls, transforming health systems across Ontario and beyond, especially as it relates to population health, patient experience and system costs.
Women’s College Hospital is an internationally recognized leader in the research, diagnosis and care of women’s cancers. It is leading the world’s efforts to discover the genes that increase a woman’s risk for cancer, create access to genetic testing for more women and develop the most effective treatments to prevent the disease from happening. For more information, visit www.womenscollegehospital.ca
Women’s College Hospital Foundation
Women’s College Hospital Foundation (WCHF) is dedicated to supporting WCH as it revolutionizes healthcare for women. Working together with community members, patients, family members, staff, physicians and volunteers, WCHF raises, manages and invests funds to support the hospital’s current and future priority needs. Over the past decade, WCHF’s donor family of over 33,000 generous individuals, corporate partners and foundations has provided $115 million to change and save the lives of women and their loved ones.