U of T Doctors Fight Colon Cancer With top to Bottom Campaign

Zane Cohen

The campaign is underway. On October 13th, Colon Cancer Canada’s Top to Bottom launched for it’s fourth annual year. 40 Canadian doctors are part of the current campaign including several faculty members from the University of Toronto.

Team Toronto is comprised of faculty members from the division of General Surgery including Dr. Shady Ashamalla, Dr. Paul Bernick, Dr. Zane Cohen, Dr. Darlene Fenech, Dr. Fayez Quereshy, Dr. Ted Ross, and Dr. Alice Wei.  Dr. Cohen, Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Director of Zane Cohen Centre for Digestive Diseases, has supported the campaign since 2012. As of November 17, he has raised over $83,106.99—104% of his $80,000 goal. The team has raised $121,400 to date.

Top to Bottom takes an innovative approach to supporting colon cancer by allowing doctors to decide how to allocate the funds in their local communities. For Team Toronto the focus has been on education. 75% of donations were put towards Masters and PhD research for innovations in colon cancer research and care. In 2012, the over $200,000 donated went to support the University of Toronto’s Bernard and Ryna Langer Chair scholarship fund. Donations received for 2015 will once again go to this worthy cause.

Last year the campaign doubled its success and raised $500,000 in just five weeks. This year Colon Cancer Canada is looking to match its prior success. The campaign will run until November 20th.

Good luck Team Toronto!