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Dress for the Cause Top Fundraiser


Dress for the Cause Top Fundraiser

Westside Secondary School is the top fundraiser for four consecutive years!

SARNIA, Ont., December 11, 2018 – The Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC) is delighted to
announce Westside Secondary School, in Orangeville, Ontario is the top fundraiser for the 2018
Dress for the Cause.

Dress for the Cause, supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month, has raised more than $10 Million for
Canadian breast cancer research. From across Canada, companies, schools and organizations
participate in Dress for the Cause by hosting local, individual fundraising events.

Since 2004, Westside Secondary School has hosted “Pink Day” and rallied the support the entire town
of Orangeville to raise money to support breast cancer research. Pink Day is the school’s largest
spirit day of the year, and students donate money in exchange for pink highlights in their hair,
pink painted nails, t-shirts, cotton candy and cupcakes. To begin Pink Day, Westside invites local
dignitaries and the community to join them for a pancake breakfast and in the afternoon to the Pink
Day assembly – where teachers and students face-off in numerous competitions, while several brave
students shave their heads and donate their hair to make wigs for cancer patients.

Westside Secondary School raised $23,835 during this year’s Pink Day, and is Canada’s top Dress for
the Cause fundraiser for the fourth year in a row! This brings the school’s cumulative donation
total to more than $160.000!

In honour of Westside’s accomplishment, The Breast Cancer Society of Canada will make a $5,000
donation on behalf of the School to The Headwaters Health Care Centre – a local cancer treatment

“We appreciate Westside Secondary School Students, Faculty and Administration for their tremendous
dedication and hard work to make Pink Day such a success. We are inspired by the continued spirit
and commitment of the Westside Secondary School Community and are grateful to everyone who donated
their time and money. Thank you for sharing in our mission to save lives through breast cancer
research,” said Kimberly Carson, CEO of BCSC

“We are thrilled and overwhelmed to have won for the fourth year in a row,” said Christine
Kirkland, Westside Secondary School teacher and the annual event’s longtime coordinator. “To have
raised more than $20,000 again and in just one day shows the tremendous support and passion for
finding a cure we have in our community.”

Thanks to the generous support of donors like Westside, BCSC continues to fund patient-focused
research – encouraging collaboration among physicians and researchers committed to improving
diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer patients. Only through research will a cure be found.

The Breast Cancer Society of Canada is a registered, national, nonprofit, charitable organization
dedicated to saving lives through breast cancer research. For more information, please visit To learn more about Dress for the Cause, please visit For further
information: Breast Cancer Society of Canada 1-800-567-8767


Headwaters Health Care Foundation is the fundraising arm of Headwaters Health Care Centre. Our
commitment is to help provide the best care, secure and maintain the best partners, and to ensure
the best health of our community.

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