As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we know these are uncertain times. At The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, our fundraising events are crucial to funding the fight against cancer.


Today, we are as committed as ever to ensuring safe, healthy and inspiring events in 2020. As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, we want to reassure you that while we continue our planning, we do so with an abundance of caution, closely following the World Health Organization (WHO), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and our University Health Network (UHN) guidelines.


As the situation evolves, we may need to modify some aspects of The Weekend to Conquer Cancer for the safety of all our participants, volunteers and supporters and we ask for your patience as we determine the form those modifications, if any, may take. As of today, the event remains unchanged.


One thing that will not change is our commitment to Conquering Cancer in our Lifetime and as always we thank you for partnering with us in our mission.


What is The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation doing to combat COVID-19 at The Weekend?


The health and safety of our participants, sponsors, staff and volunteers is the utmost concern for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. We are exercising an abundance of caution when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are regularly monitoring the situation and following the World Health Organization (WHO), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and our own University Health Network (UHN) guidelines with regards to mass gatherings and protocol for combatting coronavirus including hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.


As a reminder:


  • Regularly wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds or more & make use of hand sanitizer when available.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • If you're feeling unwell, please stay home and seek medical attention should you need it.

Is the The Weekend cancelled?


At this time, The Weekend is still proceeding as planned. The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is taking every precaution to ensure we are adhering to all guidelines from WHO, PHAC and our own UHN. Our fundraisers, and the support from participants, donors and sponsors, are critical to continuing our groundbreaking cancer research and care so we can fund our fight to Conquer Cancer in our Lifetime.


As a reminder if you are considering attending an event:


  • Regularly wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds or more & make use of hand sanitizer when available.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • If you're feeling unwell, please stay home and seek medical attention should you need it.

Can I still continue to fundraise for The Weekend?


Of course! We encourage you to continue fundraising to help fund our fight to conquer cancer. Your support is vital in helping us fund world-leading cancer research and care at The Princess Margaret.


What will you do if the government institutes a mass ban on public gatherings?


We are continuing to closely monitor updates and will provide additional information if and when guidance is issued from the government.


How will we find out if The Weekend has been impacted?


We will continue to keep participants updated via email, on our website and through our social channels should there be any impact to The Weekend due to COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and continued support.


    General

  • When is The Weekend to Conquer Cancer™?

      September 11-12, 2020.

  • Where will we walk?

      We are kicking off the weekend on Friday, September 11, 2020 with the 15 kilometre City Nights walk starting and ending at the Liberty Grand, a waterfront landmark in downtown Toronto. On Saturday we are getting back to nature with Day Trip and Family Rally, a scenic trail walk through the Boyd Conservation Area.


      Note - We don’t release the exact route in advance in case it needs to be changed due to road closures, construction or other safety issues.

  • How do I contact The Weekend to Conquer Cancer™ office?
  • How long is the Family Rally route?

      All new for 2020, Family Rally gives your family the opportunity to join you for the last 3 kilometres of your 15 or 25 kilometre Day Trip walk and cross the finish line together!


  • Registration

  • How do I register?

      We make registering for The Weekend to Conquer Cancer™ easy and flexible. You can complete your registration online, on the phone, or mail in a printed copy. Register online here and watch for an email confirmation once you’re done. You can also call us at [416] 815-WALK [9255], and we can register for the event over the phone. Or you can also mail in a printed registration form, download here.

  • What’s the first step after registering?

      Log in to the Participant Centre using the Login button at the top right of this page, set up your personal page and start fundraising.

  • May I switch the route distance I want to complete?

      Yes! Contact our local office at [416] 815-WALK [9255] and they will be able to further assist you. On event, you will be able to adjust your chosen distance during check-in, should appropriate minimum fundraising goals be met.

  • Are there age restrictions for City Nights, Day Trip, or Family Rally?

      City Nights and Day Trip are open to walkers age 13 and over, while Family Rally is all ages and open to the entire family!

  • Can I just do Family Rally? Or do I need to sign up for City Nights or Day Trip to be able to sign up?

      Once you have raised $1,500 for City Nights or Day Trip, you can walk in Family Rally for an additional $250. Or you can just raise $1,750 to walk in Family Rally.

  • Training

  • Will I be able to walk that far?

      Absolutely! The key to walking 15 km, 25 km or both is taking it at your own pace. It’s not a race. We encourage you to take your time, enjoy the people around you, share stories and make friends. Should you require assistance along the route, there are always support vehicles at key points along the route to take you to the next refreshment station.

  • How should I train?
  • Fundraising

  • What is the fundraising minimum for each event option?

      15 km City Nights = $1,500

      15 km Day Trip = $1,500

      25 km Day Trip = $1,500

      3 km Family Rally = an additional $250, or $1,750 if you only wish to participate in Family Rally

      30-40 km The Weekend to Conquer Cancer™ (two days) = $2,000

      Virtual Walker = $100

  • How will I raise my fundraising minimum?
  • If I don't meet the fundraising minimum for the two-day The Weekend to Conquer Cancer™, can I switch to either just City Nights, Day Trip, Family Rally or Virtual Walker?
  • Does my registration fee apply towards the fundraising minimum?

      Your registration fee will not count towards your fundraising minimum; it helps pay for amenities during event as well as the support and training resources we provide to all our walkers.


      One hundred percent of all donations go directly to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. This support enables our world-leading clinicians and researchers to detect cancers earlier, diagnose with more precision, target treatment for each patient and support patients and their families throughout their cancer journey.

  • How do I donate online?

      It’s easy with our secure online credit card process. Click the Donate button at the top of this page and select the participant you want to donate to. Choose a donation amount and follow the instructions. Donors over $10 will receive a tax receipt via email.

  • How do I keep information (like my credit card number) safe?

      We make every effort to protect your personal information. The software we use for registrations and donations on the website uses industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords and personal information travel securely over the Internet. Our software provider has also installed an encryption engine on our database server so that your data is securely stored. Credit card information is never stored in our database or our software provider’s database.

  • How do I change my personal fundraising goal?

      Simply log in to your Participant Centre and type in your new goal in the box on the right side of your personal page. Then click the “Update Fundraising Goal” button to submit your new goal.

  • How do I change a name on the top fundraisers list?
  • Can I sell or serve alcohol at an event or hold a 50/50 draw?

      If you plan a fundraising event outside of your home and will be serving or selling liquor, you may be required to obtain a liquor license. Contact your liquor licensing board directly to ensure that you comply with its policies and receive appropriate approvals, licenses and permits.


      If you wish to hold a raffle or 50/50 draw, you must apply for a license from the Gaming Commission. Please contact your Gaming Commission directly to ensure that you comply with their policies and receive appropriate approvals, licenses and permits.


      Please note that neither The Weekend to Conquer Cancer™ nor Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (or Foundation) can be named on any required licenses and we cannot help you obtain these licenses. You may also want to talk to one of our coaches about other successful fundraising techniques that don’t require special permits or licenses.

  • Can I receive cash donations? Do I mail in the cash?

      We cannot accept cash donations. But we make it easy to contribute with multiple other methods. You can mail a donation form or donate online.

      In order to receive a tax receipt for each of your donors, you will need to submit their donation by using a credit card, money order, or a bank cheque noting the donor’s name in the donation form. When making a donation online using your credit card, be sure to put the donor’s information in the required fields.

  • Can a donor contribute to my team (ie: Donate $100 and have $25 applied to each of the 4 members)?

      A donor who wants to donate to several members of a team can print out the Team Donation Form. This form can be found on the Fundraising Page.

  • I have reached my minimum fundraising goal. Can I help my team members by applying some of my donations to their account?

      Congratulations on reaching your goal! You cannot apply your donations to another person’s account, but if you are on a team, your personal donations will apply to your overall team fundraising goal.

  • Can I use a Facebook Fundraiser to raise money for The Weekend to Conquer Cancer™?

      Yes, you can use Facebook Fundraisers. They are a valuable tool to help you use the platform to fundraise from friends and family for your walk.

  • How do I set up a Facebook Fundraiser?

      It is essential that you set up your Facebook Fundraiser in a way that is able to be tracked and credited to your fundraising efforts. Please visit the Fundraising page for detailed instructions and to get started today!

  • How long does it take for the funds raised on Facebook Fundraiser to be credited to my account and appear on my personal page?

      It is important to know that Facebook Fundraisers do not automatically integrate with your The Weekend to Conquer Cancer™ fundraising account and will take 60 to 90 days to be credited to your account.

  • Teams

  • Can members of the same team walk on different days?

      Yes, members of the same team can participate on different days. Each team member will need to register and fundraise for the distance of the event they plan to participate in. Registrations may not be transferred from one participant to another i.e. one registration cannot be used for two people, one who walks part of the 40 km and one who walks the remainder.

  • How do I change my team name, team goal and team page content?

      The Team Captain controls the team name, goals and team page text. They will need to log in to their Participant Centre and click the “My Team Progress” button on the top right. On the team progress page, Team Captains can update the team settings and personalize the team page with a photo and their team’s story.

  • Does each member in a team need to raise their fundraising minimum?

      As a guide, we recommend that each team member raise their fundraising minimum. However, if the team total covers each registered team member’s fundraising minimum, then your team will be allowed to participate.


      For example, if there are three walkers who have formed a team for City Nights, the sum of all the contributions from each walker needs to total $4,500 or higher to participate as the fundraising minimum for registered team member is $1,500 for this event. However, if one team member raised $1,500, and another raised $1,000, the team would still be allowed to participate as long as the third member raised $2,000.

  • Team Fundraising

  • Will the funds in the team fund be re-allocated to each team member equally before the event?

      No, but if the total amount for the team reaches the required amount to cover all the team members, then everyone can participate.

  • Is team fundraising available to all teams or just corporate teams?

      This is available to ALL teams.

  • Does crew fundraising count towards the team’s total fundraising goal?

      Yes! If you have crew members on your team, the dollars they raise go towards the team fundraising goal.

  • How should I send my team donations?

      Team donations can be made online and on the team page. You can also fill out a team donation form that you can download from your team page.

  • What happens when the team fundraising total is not enough to cover all participants’ fundraising minimums?

      The Team Captain will have to decide who on the team is eligible to participate.

  • Can my donors choose the cancer fund they would like to donate to if different from mine?

      No. The cancer fund you select is where the donor’s funds will be allocated.

  • How do I see who is on my team?

      Log in to the site to visit your Participant Centre. Click the “Team Progress” tab and you can view your teammates and the amounts they have each raised. You can also click Donate at the top of the website, search by your team name and find a list of your teammates that way. If any teammates have made their profile private, however, they will not be listed here.

  • Can a company form a team?

      Absolutely! Corporate Teams are a great way to rally co-workers towards a common cause, get to know each other out of the office, stay healthy and make a difference for cancer research and care. Contact our office at [416] 815-WALK [9255] to speak to our Corporate Teams Specialist about how to start your team. Find more information to help your company make an even bigger impact with Workplace Giving.

  • Your Participant Centre & Personal Page

  • What is the Participant Centre?

      The Participant Centre is part of the website that is available to you once you register. You will have a username and password to log in. Once you do, you’ll have access to some excellent tools in the Participant Centre to monitor your donations, set up or edit your personal page, send emails to potential donors or teammates and more!

  • What is a personal page?

      Your personal page is where friends and family can visit to donate to you online or print out a donation form with your name and participant number already on it. In fact, anyone who looks up your name in the participant database will be directed to your personal page. Your personal page is automatically created for you when you register. Then, it’s just a matter of personalizing it by adding images and writing messages about what inspired you to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime. Did you know that personalizing your page can result in significantly higher donations? It’s important you tell people your personal story of why you’re participating. Log in to the Participant Centre to get started.

  • How will people find my personal page?

      If you send emails out from your Participant Centre, a link to your personal page will automatically appear at the bottom of the email. Donors can also contribute through The Weekend to Conquer Cancer™ home page, by clicking on the Donate button and finding your personal page by typing in your name, Personal ID Number, or your team name.

  • How do I upload a photo?

      If you have a photo saved to your computer as a .jpg file, log in to the Participant Centre, then click “Personal Page” and then click “edit the English version of this page”. Next click the “Browse” button in the photo section. When a window pops up, select the photo you wish to place on your personal page and click “Open.” The path to the file on your computer will display in the “Browse” text box. Click “Upload a different image” and your new photo will show up in the cell. Click “Save my changes.” Please call us if you have any difficulties, at [416] 815-WALK [9255].

  • What do I do if I forget my username and password?

      We email your username and password to you when you register. You can request an email reminder from the homepage or call us and we can remind you what your username is, at [416] 815-WALK [9255].

  • How do I change my password and update my profile?

      Log in to your personal page through the Participant Centre using your username and password. Once you are logged in you will see a topic called “Updating Your Information.” Next, select the links to update your password and profile. You will be able to change your contact information, email address, username and password. All changes will be made to your account immediately. There is no need to sign back in. If you are having difficulties, call our coaches.

  • At the Event

  • What will I find at the refreshment stations?

      There will be plenty of water to refill your bottles, sports drinks, snacks and portable toilets. Refreshment stations vary in distance from each other, but generally there is a pit stop every 3-4 kms.


      We want to reinforce our commitment to be green and to continue to reduce our impact to the environment. For this reason, we offer a limited number of cups at each stop and strongly suggest walkers to bring their own water bottles.

  • Will I be able to participate if I am in a wheelchair?

      Note - City Nights will primarily take place in the dark but it will be wheelchair accessible. There will be parts of the Day Trip route that will have hills, uneven ground and other obstacles. For this reason, we cannot guarantee that Day Trip or Family Rally will be wheelchair accessible - however, Family Rally will be stroller friendly.

  • Are pets allowed to attend City Nights, Day Trip or Family Rally?

  • Your Impact

  • Am I really making a difference?

      Of course! The Weekend to Conquer Cancer™ will make a profound impact on the future of cancer research and care. From training to fundraising, you are helping to raise awareness, interest and funds that will bring us closer to Conquering Cancer In Our Lifetime.

  • What will the funds raised be used for?

      Funds raised through The Weekend to Conquer Cancer™ enables Future Care Now, accelerating cancer research, education and clinical care benefiting patients at The Princess Margaret, across Canada, and around the world.


      The Princess Margaret invests in research that will improve outcomes and enhance care for cancer patients. When registering, you choose to fund one of the following cancer funds: Discovery Research, Breast, Gynecologic, Lung, Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary, Genitourinary, Blood Cancers, Endocrine, Skin Cancer and Melanoma, Head and Neck Cancers, Central Nervous System Cancers, Brain and Eye Cancer, Sarcoma, Childhood Cancers, Supportive Care, Patient Education and Radiation Medicine.


      For more information, visit the Your Dollars At Work page.

  • How much of the funds raised goes to cause?

      One hundred percent of all donations go directly to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. This support enables our world-leading clinicians and researchers to detect cancers earlier, diagnose with more precision, target treatment for each patient and support patients and their families throughout the cancer journey. In addition, The Princess Margaret pays for the costs of the event, most of which come from resources right here in Ontario.