2023 Lock Out Cancer Campaign Kicks Off With Powerhouse Ambassadors

WINDSOR, ON – This May, the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation’s Lockout Cancer campaign will kick off for the sixth time. Each year, ambassadors are selected as the faces of the campaign. This year, five powerhouse women are sharing their stories with the hopes of raising awareness and funds to support local cancer care. This year’s Lock Out Cancer ambassadors are Pam Brajak Mady, Paula DeVito, Tina Roy, Kathleen Turner, and Dr. Sindu Kanjeekal, who is also the Chief of Oncology for the Windsor Regional Cancer Program.

Lock Out Cancer raises funds in support of cancer awareness, research, and treatment for patients in our community.

100% of funds raised stay local.

Dr. Sindu Kanjeekal has always been an advocate for cancer screening. After being diagnosed with cancer herself in December 2022, she believes it saved her life, and wanted to get her message out about the importance of screening. “My story is the power of early detection and the gift of exceptional care right here in our community,” said Dr. Kanjeekal, “Thanks to generous donations to the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation along with exceptional medical care, I was able to receive all my surgical and oncological care right here in Windsor.”

Left to right: Houida Kassem, Dr. Sindu Kanjeekal, Stephen Roberts

In 2022, women accounted for over 57,000 visits to the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre. Funds raised support initiatives that reduce wait times, provides added comfort, and helps keep more patients close to home while receiving treatment.

Breast Reconstruction is a vital program, and funds raised through the 2023 Lock Out Cancer campaign will support the purchase of advanced cosmetic surgery tools such as the Liposuction and Cannula and surgical minidrop. Advanced tools like these improve the quality of care, and time of recovery, from breast reconstruction and other procedures. Funds raised will also support the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation’s Dignity Robes program and Patient Assistance Fund.

“This campaign is intended to empower, uplift, and continue to raise awareness for cancer patients in our community. It’s hard to believe we are in year six already. We can’t thank our community enough for playing a key role in supporting local cancer care.”, said Houida Kassem, Executive Director of the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation.

The Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation’s Lock Out Cancer campaign takes place each spring during the month of May. Fundraising initiatives include Loonies for Lock Out, the purchase of signature jewelry, supporting an Ambassador, participating in a community promotion, or donating directly to the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation’s Lock Out Cancer campaign.

All the details can be found at www.lockoutcancer.com.

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors:

Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation
Brandy Coulsey, Marketing and Communications Manager
519-254-5577 ext. 58559

About Lock Out Cancer
Lock Out Cancer is a fundraising campaign of the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation., During the month of May, support cancer awareness, research and treatment for women living in our region by purchasing your own Lock Out Cancer padlock, Lock Out Cancer Swarovski® Crystal jewelry or by becoming a sponsor. Through generous Sponsors and the sale of our padlocks and jewelry, the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation is able to fund much needed equipment and tools for the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre.

About the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation
The Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation serves as the official fundraising arm for the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre, fulfilling requests of the Windsor Regional Cancer Program. These requests include the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, patient amenities, and initiatives, such as the Patient Assistance Fund, and our Seeds4Hope program which supports excellent local cancer research. Thanks to tremendous community support, the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation has raised over $30 million to date!