The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
Rosemary Bolognese is the captain of Julia’s Warriors, a team of friends and
family who love hockey and originally came together for the 2013
Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer
to support Rosemary’s niece, Julia Lisena.
“Creating Julia’s Warriors was just one way we showed her how much we care
and how we are fighting right alongside her.”
Julia was first diagnosed with leukemia when she was only three years old.
She spent considerable time in hospitals, but in 2012, the family was happy to
celebrate her five-year cancer free milestone.
About eight months later, however, they noticed something wrong with her
vision. A biopsy confirmed that she had an extremely rare tumor that occurs
in the bones of the skull and spine. Doctors said this second diagnosis of a
completely different—and rare—type of cancer was the equivalent of being
struck by lightning twice. Fortunately, Julia’s last MRI showed that everything
is stable, and she is feeling great.
Over three years, the team has raised just under $70,000.
Julia inspires a team of cancer warriors
up in the fight to
For the next five years, Scotiabank has
signed on as the title sponsor for
Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer.
“Community hockey is an important part
of who we are as Scotiabankers – we are
fans, coaches and players,” said John Doig,
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing
Officer, Scotiabank. “
Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer
our nation’s passion for hockey to raise funds needed for cancer
research and improved therapies, and we are honoured to stand
shoulder-to-shoulder with The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
in an effort to conquer cancer.”
Hockey to Conquer Cancer
found a great new home
at Woodbine Racetrack. It
has plenty of space, and
it is easily accessible for
our growing number of
participants. In the first
year at Woodbine, the
event established two
world records: most
funds raised and most
participants in a one-day
road hockey fundraiser.
The 2015 event involved
141 teams that collectively
raised $2.4 million.