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The Michelangelo Gala comes roaring back!

Like many families, the Dell’Elces

have been impacted by cancer.

Domenic Dell’Elce was diagnosed

with testicular cancer at just 19

years of age. The Michelangelo

Gala is just one of the ways

that Domenic and his family

are ensuring that The Princess

Margaret remains a world-

leading cancer centre that is an

important hub of cancer research

benefiting all Canadians. They

chose ‘Michelangelo’ as the name

of their gala not because of his

masterpieces, but because of his

passion for discovery and breaking

new ground—something they

know is also happening at The

Princess Margaret.

The Foundation was delighted

when the family decided to once

again organize their successful

gala to raise funds for testicular

cancer at Princess Margaret

Cancer Centre. The event has

raised over $1.7 million in past

years, and this year they raised an

additional $528,000.

The gala was held October 1, 2015,

and was the first event to be held

in the spectacular new Universal

Eventspace in Vaughan. This year’s

event paid homage to the Roaring

20’s Era with fantastic feather

centerpieces, a free-flowing

champagne station and a vintage

flatbed truck for décor. The 800

guests embraced the theme by

donning flapper gowns, tuxedos

and fedoras.

B-Strong achieves a $1-million milestone

In 2015, the B-Strong initiative celebrated its 11th anniversary

and the achievement of an incredible milestone. B-Strong

has now raised over $1 million for brain tumor research. Its

tremendous success is deeply rooted in Markham community

outreach and the legacy left behind by Lindsay Bolger.

Lindsay started B-Strong when she was first diagnosed with a

brain tumor, and she continued to be a passionate advocate

for brain cancer awareness and research. She designed

and sold B-Strong baseball caps in recognition of patients

who lose their hair from cancer treatment, and ran her first

fundraiser—the B-Strong Bash—which raised $65,000 in one

night. Lindsay was just 26 years old when she passed away in 2009 after a four and a half year battle with

brain cancer.

In 2011, the City of Markham proclaimed April 22nd (Lindsay’s birthday) as B-Strong Day, and that same

year, Lindsay’s family created the B-Strong Walk to raise funds for research at the Pencer Brain Tumor Centre

at The Princess Margaret. To date more than 2,500 people have taken part in the five B-Strong Walks.

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation  


Robert Dell’Elce,MarcoBortoletto, Cheryl Hickey, DomenicDell’Elce, RalphAiello

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