Cathy & Nikki and the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life

Murano Gardens of Linden Woods becomes Relay For Life presenting sponsor for 2015.­

The 2015 Winnipeg Relay For Life will be presented by Murano Gardens of Linden Woods thanks to an innovative partnership between developer the Kothari Group, Cathy and Nikki Burgess and the Canadian Cancer Society.

The sponsorship will help Winnipeg Relay participants achieve their fundraising goal and will fuel the fight against all forms of cancer.­

“This sponsorship demonstrates how innovative thinking can bring together a progressive business venture, a strong commitment to community, dedicated volunteers and the charitable sector to have real impact,’’ Cancer Society Board Chair Jeff Cook said. “You can see how this partnership becomes a pretty unstoppable force. That’s good for Winnipeg, bad for cancer.’’

The sponsorship is equal to $500 for each of the condominium unit in the Murano Gardens of Linden Woods complex being developed by Kothari Group. The partnership was the brainchild of Cathy and Nikki Burgess who have supported Relay since it came to Winnipeg.

“We’re proud to be associated with Relay For Life and the Cancer Society,” Anupam Kothari said. “We believe in investing in the communities where we do business.”

This year the Winnipeg Relay For Life would like to invite you to Winnipeg's First Golden Luminary Awards.­ They will be held on Relay night (time TBA) where our Top Five (5) Fundraising Teams and Top Five (5) Fundraising Individuals will be bestowed with the very prestigious Golden Luminary Award.­­

But it doesn’t end here ….there's more....our Top Fundraising Team and Top Fundraising Individual will also receive the coveted Golden Sneaker Award. We know teams will be vying to be able to hoist this Golden Sneaker Award over their heads as they go a celebratory lap around Max Bell track!

So many of you have gone through the experience of caring for a child or spouse with cancer, so you know that one of the challenges can be trying to care for your loved one while still paying the bills.

It’s not easy and the current system doesn’t offer as many supports to help families going through a cancer journey as it could. The Canadian Cancer Society has been relentless in pushing both the federal and provincial governments to do more for families.

Budgets recently release by Ottawa and the Manitoba government took steps in the right direction benefiting about 11,000 Manitobans. The federal budget extended EI’s compassionate care benefits from six (6) weeks to six (6) months so allowing caregivers to take more time off work to care for a child, spouse or parent battling cancer.

While EI is still much less than a full-time salary, the measure means that families will receive some much needed financial support as they look after family members battling cancer. There is still work to do as research shows that the vast majority of caregivers (89%) spend at least one year providing care to a cancer patient and that about 80% of Canadians requiring palliative care are cancer patients.

In its budget submission to the government, the Cancer Society called on the government to extend EI coverage for both patients and care givers. The CCS asked for the sickness benefit to be extended to 52 weeks from 15 and compassionate care benefit to 26 weeks from the current six.­

It also urged the government to make the rules more flexible to give patients and care givers access to income support when they need it. Benefits can only be claimed in weeks-long blocks at the moment, ignoring the reality that patients on chemotherapy may need shorter, if more frequent, work absences.

The provincial budget increased the Primary Caregiver Tax Credit by 10% to a maximum of $1,400 a year. First introduced in 2009, the tax credit recognizes the vital role of Manitobans who provide primary care so loved ones can continue to live independently.­

These announcements show how the Canadian Cancer Society works at the local, provincial and federal level to bring about changes that respond to the needs of cancer patients and their families. We do this only with the help of all who have supported us in the past, people like you!