Northwestern Ontario Mayors Step Up to Fight Breast Cancer


"It's our belief that this could eventually cure later-staged metastasized cancer. People will not die from cancer, if our prediction is true.THUNDER BAY – LIVING – In support of the 1 in 9 women in Canada who will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, the Canadian Cancer Society has challenged the Mayors of Northwestern Ontario to help us in the fight against this terrible disease. We believe that as leaders of their community, they have the power to help make a difference.

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, we have challenged the mayors to help us raise awareness (by spreading the word, sporting pink clothing, painting their nails pink, or temporarily dying their hair). We’ve also asked them to help us raise funds towards a cure for breast cancer.

So far, the following mayors have jumped on board and have accepted our month-long challenge:

  • Mayor Bazzoni of White River: Mayor Bazzoni will be doing a Mayor’s Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness and invites other Municipal Council, staff, and community members interested in joining the cause to collect pledges and walk with him.
  • Mayor Dumas of Marathon: Mayor Dumas will be dying his mustache pink on October 26th and will be accepting pledges throughout the month.
  • Mayor Kennard of Ignace: Mayor Kennard will be doing a trick-or-treat challenge. If he raises $500, he will paint his nails pink; if he raises $750, he will dye his hair pink; and if he raises over $1,000, he will wear a pink dress and high heels. He will then be going door to door (homes and businesses) on October 31st, to raise more funds. He will be carrying a pink purse and, if someone makes a donation during this trick-or-treat challenge, he will be giving out pink candy.
  • Mayor Lawrance of Sioux Lookout: Mayor Lawrance has set a goal of $2,500 or more for a one-day wear-it-pink day, which will include a fundraising lunch with the Mayor.  The wear-it-pink day is currently planned for Thursday, October 29th. Municipal staff and Mayor Lawrance will be wearing pink.
  • Mayor Figliomeni of Schreiber: Mayor Figliomeni and Council members will be sporting pink (clothes, hair, nails, etc.) on October 27th in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. This includes that evening’s council meeting. Visit to watch the livestream of the Council meeting.

Pledges will be collected.

These Mayors are taking a stand against breast cancer and helping to save the lives of women everywhere! Please offer them your support. It’s not too late for the other Northwestern Ontario Mayors to join the challenge! Just imagine the difference we could make if the Mayors of Northwestern Ontario band together in the fight against breast cancer.

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