TORONTO WOMAN SETS RECORD AS OLDEST CANADIAN TO THROW OPENING PITCH AT A MLB GAME

101-year-old Kitty Cohen sets records and inspires Blue Jays fans to register for the Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers at Rogers Centre.

(TORONTO, May 11, 2014 - Toronto resident Kitty Cohen set a Major League Baseball record as the oldest Canadian to throw a ceremonial first pitch on Sunday at Rogers Centre. At 101-years-old, Cohen is a seven-year walker in the Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers and hopes to inspire Blue Jays fans to register for the 2014 Weekend event.

“To live to see women’s cancers completely conquered is my reason for joining The Weekend walkers again this year for the seventh time,” said Kitty Cohen, who raised over $20,000 and walked, in total, over 360 km in 6 years participating in The Toronto Weekend.

“I’m tickled pink just to think we may be on the brink of finding the link to conquer women’s cancers, and so I’m hoping everyone here today will register right now to join me for the 2014 Toronto Weekend event,” added Cohen.

The Toronto Weekend is the largest multi-day walk for women’s cancers in North America. Since 2003, the event raised over $141 million for Personalized Cancer Medicine, including research, clinical enhancements and survivorship programs for all women’s cancers at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

“Kitty’s passion and commitment to The Weekend is remarkable, and all of us close to The Weekend and Princess Margaret communities are inspired by her drive and energy to help end this disease for all women,“ said Paul Alofs, President & CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

“We are most grateful to Kitty and to all her supporters who have registered and walked with us for the last 6 years. Kitty has always been a bright, selfless and passionate participant, and a wonderful and inspiring spokesperson for our event. We could not be more honoured to be here today supporting her like she has supported us over the last 6 years,” Alofs added.

Fund raised through The Toronto Weekend enable The Princess Margaret to support world-leading scientists like Dr. Tak Mak and his team of 125 researchers and staff.

The Toronto Weekend will take place on September 6th & 7th and Rogers Centre is the host venue for the opening ceremonies and overnight camp.

“This event wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of The Toronto Blue Jays, and the great staff at Rogers Centre. We are most grateful for their support once again this year,” said Paul Alofs.

To register, donate or request information, visit www.endcancer.ca or call (416) 815-WALK (9255).

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