For 6 years, friends of Childcan have been making a splash at our annual Port Stanley Polar Bear Dip to support local children and families who are coping with childhood cancer. Every year the ice is chipped away on Little Beach in Port Stanley for only the brave to 'dive' into the chilly waters of Lake Erie for an amazing cause. The shock of the water pales in comparison to the fight any child battling cancer has to endure.
In 2019, over 200 participants joined a team to take the plunge in support of Childcan, raising over $84,000.
The 2020 dip will take place on Saturday, March 7 and it is anticipated that over 2,000 attendees, including 'Dippers', their supporters and on lookers will take over the beach with all proceeds going to support Childcan families with financial assistance, social outings and emotional support.
A diagnosis of cancer is devastating. But in a child is exceptionally difficult. Besides the incredible toll on the child and their family, it is estimated that one-third of a family’s net income will be redirected to costs incurred during treatment. Often, one parent will have to leave their employment and financial (and emotional) impact on families can be unbearable. Childcan works to support children and their families dealing with childhood cancer. Since 1974, Childcan has provided responsive and compassionate support services for families living in Southwestern Ontario and facing the challenging journey through childhood cancer - from diagnosis, through treatment, to recovery or bereavement. One of Childcan’s goals is to relieve families of everyday financial burdens to allow them to focus on their child's care and treatment. Childcan receives no government funding so we rely on the generosity of our community through individual, corporate and foundation donations and sponsorship's, as well as our own and community-organized fundraising events. We appreciate every dollar donated and put it to good use in providing these direct-to-family programs and services.
10:00am – Registration | Masonic Centre of Elgin, 42703 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas
11:00am – The Dip | Little Beach, Port Stanley (Bus transportation provided)
12:00pm – Chili Lunch and Awards | Masonic Centre of Elgin, 42703 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas