Lock Out Cancer Media Kickoff Event


Media Kick-Off
Windsor Club-2072 Riverside Drive East.
Date: April 28, 2022
Time: 11:00 A.M

For Immediate Release
April 26, 2022

Lock Out Cancer Campaign Kicks off in May for the 5th Year in a Row

WINDSOR, ON. This May, the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation’s Lockout Cancer campaign will kickoff for the fifth time. Each year, the foundation selects five ambassadors to lead the campaign. We invite you, the media, to this closed event to meet our 2022 ambassadors and hear their stories. These ambassadors are five inspiring women from the community who have been diagnosed with cancer.

This year’s local ambassadors (left to right in the image above) are: Dana DiCarlo-Stevens, Karma Jasey, Brooke Spitse, Ashley Sarros, and Stephanie Giacalone. Each of these women have been affected by cancer, and we’re inviting you to hear their stories of courage and strength. One story hits closer to home, as Brooke Spitse is one of our own colleagues. Brooke works at the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation as Fundraising Manager and while on maternity leave, she was diagnosed with cancer. She has worked to secure funds needed for local treatment and services that she, the ambassadors, and many other cancer patients utilize.

“Last year, we fundraised for new chairs needed for the waiting rooms and this year my dad was sitting in one at my chemo appointment with me. It’s so surreal,” said Spitse, who will share more of her story at the Kickoff Event April 28th at 11am.

In 2021, Windsor Regional Cancer Centre saw 1,280 women newly diagnosed with cancer. In that same timeframe, women accounted for over 32 thousand visits to the Windsor Cancer Centre for treatment and care.

The Lock Out Cancer Campaign supports cancer awareness, research and treatment for women living in our region.

“100% of funds raised from our Lock Out Cancer campaign will remain local. This campaign funds initiatives that reduce wait times, provides added comfort, and helps keep more patients close to home while receiving treatment.”, said Houida Kassem, Executive Director of the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation.

We invite you, members of the media community, to attend our closed-door kickoff event to be held April 28, 2022 at 11am. Each of our ambassadors will share their stories, and the silver layered key charm necklace adorned with Swarovski Crystals will be unveiled.

Media Contact: Brandy Coulsey
Marketing and Communications Manager
Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation
519-254-5577 x58559 / bcoulsey@windsorcancerfoundation.org

Lock Out Sponsors

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 (WCCF)
The WCCF 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 WCCF has raised over $30 million to date!