Your AUGUST Newsletter | Toronto

Join us on Sunday September 13 for our 8th annual Bike for the Fight (at Home)! This year's Bike for the Fight at Home will be held virtually from the comfort of your own home and  will feature a variety of classes for all ages (Spin, Pilates, Yoga, Barre, HIIT, Baking and more!) led by our amazing lineup of instructors! Register today for only $18 and don't forget to check out our amazing raffle prizes and purchase yours today! 

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You can also watch our previous webinar, a conversation with Prof. Yossi Shiloh.  Yossi Shiloh is a Professor of the Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University.  Yossi holds the David and Inez Myers Chair in Cancer Genetics and an ICRF Research Professorship. He spoke about his research in radiation therapy. Enjoy!
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Israel, US-based cancer researchers awarded $500,000

The award will go towards supporting "two pairs of cancer investigators," each receiving an award of $250,000 over the course of two years.

Scientists based in the United States and Israel were awarded $500,000 to forward their research on pediatric cancer and metastasis, the Alan B. Slifka Foundation (ABSF), the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) announced last Thursday.
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Top Israeli physician: All childhood cancer to be curable by 2040

Prof. Shai Izraeli says ‘When you talk about specific cancers, like Hodgkin lymphoma and standard-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the rate of survival is more than 90%.’

By 2040, all children who are diagnosed with cancer will survive, according to Prof. Shai Izraeli, director of the Department of Hematology-Oncology at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva.

“I say to every parent that our goal is for your child to become a grandparent,” he told The Jerusalem Post, “which means our aim is to cure every child with cancer.”
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ICRF Rosh Hashanah Cards
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This year Rosh Hashana begins on Friday, September 18th.  Send thoughtful wishes to friends, family and colleagues with a customized Rosh Hashana card from ICRF!  Cards can be personalized with your own message and will be mailed out by ICRF in time for Rosh Hashana.  
All orders for paper cards MUST be placed by September 4th at noon
New this year, ICRF has launched an E-Cards platform with cards for Rosh Hashana and many other occasions.  Visit our e-cards store here

Jesse Benudiz, Thornhill
Age 21

"On April 17th 2020, the doctors at Mackenzie Health Hospital found a mass inside my brain that required further testing and analysis.  I was immediately transported to Toronto Western Hospital for an MRI which then required a biopsy of the mass. After being cleared of Covid-19 and being admitted, it was then determined that I had both benign and malignant cells that required further investigation and a biopsy. From the biopsy, I was left with some short term memory loss which truly had left me scared of what was to come next. Through admission and recovery from the biopsy, I was supported by the incredible team of doctors and nurses at Toronto Western. I was then transferred to the Brain Rehabilitation at Toronto Rehab for my short term memory loss. It was difficult for me to comprehend that my life had changed in the blink of an eye, and I was looking at a long road of treatments and recovery ahead. I had brain cancer.  On May 4, 2020 I was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital to begin my first week of four rounds of chemotherapy. I was extremely disoriented but I was ready to embark on this journey and process of healing.  I met my medical team, was checked up on everyday by so many friends and family members and was supported by all.  Round one was tiring. I was sleeping more that I can remember, but the feeling of love never left my side.  On May 25th, 2020 I began round two of four chemotherapy sessions, I more or less knew what to expect this time and was ready to continue on this crazy journey of another round of kicking cancer’s butt. I was told by my medical team that they’ve seen great improvements from my first round of treatment and will continue to monitor my levels over the next few sessions.  


Though I was alone in the hospital, the support and love never stopped, and I never felt alone in this fight.  On June 15th 2020 I began my third round of chemotherapy. It marked my brothers’ 19th birthday.  At the beginning of the week I was told that my tumour marker for the malignant cells had dropped more than expected.  I was on cloud 9 to say the least!  On July 6th 2020 I entered my last round of chemotherapy. I had great results thus far and there was no stopping me until I crossed the chemo finish line.  This last round was filled with high emotion and I knew how excited I was to be able to finish this treatment.  Some days were difficult.  Being able to look in the mirror and tell myself that I DID IT was a true accomplishment. This battle for life has taught me many lessons.  This fight has not only taught me how strong I can be during these tough times, how incredible people truly are and how tough life can be.  The fight has taught me to continue to persevere and push though any barrier in my way.  This battle is not over yet and I will show cancer who is boss.  Thank you for being blessed and breezy”.  

The ICRF Toronto community wish Jesse a full and speedy recovery, we are cheering for you! 



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