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James Wanless

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Pub fundraiser for pancreatic cancer

My wife is helping organize a fundraiser to assist a friend’s family in a time of need, next Tuesday, November 23rd.  Please read on for complete details and forward to anyone in the Vancouver area, who might be interested in attending or purchasing draw tickets.  If you are interested in either (you do not have to attend the pub night to win the cash or raffle prizes), either post a comment below and we will be in touch (your email address is required but never published), or send an email directly to me [ james AT wanless DOT info ].

The cause

The Strikers, a Burnaby 30 Something Women’s Soccer League team, is holding a fundraising event to support the Cheung family, with partial proceeds going to the Betty Ergas Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research at the BC Cancer Foundation.

The family’s husband was in the process of applying for life insurance when he received a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.  Denied the life insurance, the Cheung family remained positive, hoping that he would buck the odds and survive one of the deadliest cancers there is. Two years later, the reality is that his three daughters, aged 11, 9 and 6, are very likely about to spend their last Christmas with their father. He is no longer responding to chemotherapy and only taking medication for pain management.

Fundraiser Details

Pub Night

When: Tuesday, November 23rd, 5:30 until closing
Where: River’s Reach Pub, 320-6th Street, New Westminster.  Find it on Google Maps.
How much: $20 a ticket gets you pizza and your choice of wine or beer

You can get tickets from us, or just show up. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.  By attending the pub night, you will automatically be entered to win a door prize of a case of beef.

Raffles and Draw Prizes

To win any of the draws or raffles below, attendance at the pub night is not required.  You will have to buy tickets in advance of November 23rd.

Roberto Luongo Team Canada Jersey draw

Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.

50/50 draw

One for $2, three for $5 or an arm’s length (13) for $10.  The winner gets half the pot.

Raffle prizes

Tickets for the raffle the same price as the 50/50.  We’ve got some really good stuff below:

  • A pair of Canucks Tickets
  • A new TELUS Blackberry Curve 3G (must be activated on TELUS network, but you won’t need a contract)
  • A $100 Soccer West gift certificate
  • 3 bottles of wine
  • 2 bottles of rum
  • 1 month unlimited yoga at Bikram’s Yoga, Metrotown
  • 2 Stormtech Polar Fleece vests (XL)
  • Logo jacket (TBD)
  • A Starbucks gift basket
  • A 49th Coffee Company gift basket
  • A cheese platter
  • A Que Pasa gift basket
  • 2 Doggie Care gift baskets – each with a gift certificate for one night of boarding and a variety of doggie treats
  • A Cactus Club gift certificate
  • Chocolates
  • A costume jewellery set
  • A poker set
  • A garment bag set

About pancreatic cancer

The pancreas is the tenth most common site of new cancers, but pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women, comprising 6% of all cancer-related deaths. Pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to diagnose in its early stages. At the time of diagnosis, 52% of all patients have distant disease and 26% have regional spread. The relative 1-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is only 24% and overall 5-year survival is 5%.

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