The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, Ontario Region, has announced announce that Mark Barrenechea, CEO of OpenText Corp., and Ted Moroz, President of the Beer Store, have pledged their support to the Light The Night Walk signature fundraising event.
“We are excited that prominent business leaders Ted Moroz and Mark Barrenechea together with their staff at the Beer Store and OpenText Corp. have joined the fight to end blood cancers,” says Sandra Harris, Ontario Regional Director. “The Light The Night Walk is an inspiring and meaningful event for those who are touched by blood cancers and it is thanks in part to the leadership of volunteers like Barrenechea and Moroz that the event has grown immensely over the last decade, not just in Toronto, but in 11 major cities from coast to coast in Canada.”
Approximately every 25 minutes, a Canadian receives a blood cancer diagnosis, making the disease the fourth-most frequent cancer diagnosis in men and women. New cases of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma accounted for 10 percent of the estimated 191,300 new cancer cases diagnosed in Canada in 2014.
Moroz and Barrenechea will be among the 6,000 people who are expected to congregate at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to take part in the Light The Night Walk. Together, they will walk along a designated 3 km route through the downtown core while carrying bright lanterns that light the night for those affected by blood cancers.
“This is a cause that is very personal to me,” says Barrenechea, co-chair of the event and CEO & CTO of OpenText. “My life has been changed by my personal journey with leukemia and I have come out stronger. I now have the opportunity to provide hope and support to others on their journeys and help them along their path. I am extremely proud to have the OpenText team walking with me and supporting this cause.”
“At the Beer Store, we are a family that’s committed to giving back to the community. Being a part of Light The Night Walk is just an extension of our family,” says Moroz, who returns for the second year as co-chair. “I have seen firsthand why the Walk is so important to people who are affected by a blood cancer and I want to do whatever I can to make sure the event touches as many people as possible.”
The Beer Store, together with UFCW LOCAL 12R24, have supported The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ofCanada through various activities for the last 11 years raising over $11 million in that time.
In 2015, over 35,000 Canadians raised $5.5 million by participating in Light The Night Walks across Canada to help fund world-class Canadian researchers working on the most promising projects that have the potential to improve treatments or find cures for the various forms of blood cancers. In addition, monies raised make it possible for us to provide free information and support services to blood cancer patients and their caregivers. -CNW