Awareness Blog

Annual Soccer Baseball Tournament

Queen’s Law Cancer Society kicked off the school year with our first event of the year, the Annual Soccer Baseball Tournament!  It was a fun day out in the sunshine on the grassy fields of City Park, with five team’s competing to be the Soccer Baseball Tournament champions.  This years tournament had about 50 participants from all three years of law.  We raised around 500$ with all funds raised going to cancer research.  Thank you to everyone who participated and who helped ensure that the event was a great success!

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Our Champions!

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It’s Movember and you know what that means! We’re calling on all our Mo Bros and Mo Sistas for support in this month-long fundraising event. We’re going to spend all month rallying behind the men in our lives in order to support men’s health. The goal of Movember is to raise money to combat prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Prostate cancer rates are projected to double in the next 15 years, while testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicides are committed by men and poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own lives every year. It’s time to stop being silent and step up to address this crisis.

So far, Queen’s Law is off to an amazing start with fundraising. Our Halloween Bowling was a great success – shout out everyone’s amazing costumes! We’re also starting to see some pretty nice ‘staches coming along. If you’re looking for ways to get involved, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our Mo Space to see some of our dapper moustaches and for the opportunity to donate if you’d like – any donation is greatly appreciated! And now that the cold weather has set in, a great way to stay warm is by staying active. Round up a team of 6 and sign up for our Patches O’Houlihan Memorial Dodgeball Tournament on Saturday, November 17 at MacGillivray Brown Gymnasium. For just $10 you can participate in an afternoon of fun and fundraising! Stay tuned for more great events throughout the month!

The money fundraised in the Movember campaign is used in many ways. This money goes towards initiatives such as raising awareness of signs, symptoms and factors of prostate and testicular cancer, learning more about health issues men are dealing with, funding for services and support programs for men and their families, creating more affordable and personalized treatment plans, helping men feel comfortable in their community and in having important conversations, advocating for men and funding global initiatives and projects. For more information about Movember, check out the link below.

We’d love to have your support in this amazing cause!

Important Links:

QL Mo Space:

Dodgeball Tournament:

Movember Information:

Queen’s Health Services Contact Information

Crisis Counselling:  Tel: 613-533-6000 ext. 78264   Email:

Mental Health:  Tel: (613) 533-6000 ext. 75154   Email:

Health Promotion: Tel: 613-533-6000 ext. 75320 Email:

Health Services: Tel: 613-533-2506


On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

Urban Dictionary defines perfect storm as: when a combination of events causes an amazing, unforgettable night. Well folks, buckle up because you’re in for one heck of perfect storm. Next week brings us October 3rd, a day that will live on in infamy thanks to Cady Heron. Not only that, but this October 3rdis a Wednesday and as everyone knows, on Wednesday’s we wear pink. Queen’s Law Cancer Society is taking advantage of this perfect storm to bring you a day of Mean Girls excellence in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. On October 3rdduring the day, wear as much pink as you please (outfit suggestions include a full pink sweat suit) and then join us at 7pm in Room 202 in the Law Building, where we will be playing Mean Girls! Entrance will be by donation and we will also have snacks/treats available by donation. All proceeds will go to the Cancer Society in support of breast cancer research.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among Canadian women. On average, each day in 2017 72 Canadian women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 14 women died from it. While these are upsetting facts, the breast cancer mortality rate has been declining since the mid-1980s. This decline is due in part to the impact of screening and improvements in breast cancer treatments – both of which are impacted by fundraising efforts and raising awareness!

How does fundraising help? The Canadian Cancer Society funds a large range of research projects – including some in our own backyard. The majority of the Canadian Cancer Society’s funding for clinical trials goes to the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG), which is located right here at Queen’s! They work to develop, conduct and analyze national and international trials of cancer therapy, including trials for new drugs, cancer prevention, supportive care, and ways to improve quality of life for people battling cancer.

We’d love to see you out on Wednesday night or wearing pink during the day to help support the cause – it would be so fetch!

CIBC Run for the Cure

With the start of the school term under our belts, that means it’s time to move on to our first big community event of the year: Run for the Cure! This year, Run for the Cure will take place at St. Lawrence College, 100 Portsmouth Ave, on September 30th at 9am. The Queen’s Law Cancer Society will be running the main 5km route and would love for you to join us! If the thought of running makes you want to run (ahem- walk at a leisurely pace in the other direction), don’t worry: There’s a 1km or 5km walk as well! The main goal of the day is to have fun and get as many people as possible fundraising and supporting the breast cancer cause.

Why is this cause so important? In their lifetime, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer- a staggering statistic. Since 1992, with the help of fundraising events like this, there has been a total of $430 million raised to fund breast cancer research projects. This has helped contribute to a 44% decrease in breast cancer mortality rates since the mid 1980’s. Come out on September 30th to help us do all we can to see that number drop even lower! Last year alone, 85,000 people participated in Run for the Cure, and this year we’ll be one of 56 sites joining in to try and get that number even higher!

This year, the Director of the Queen’s Law Clinics, Karla McGrath, will be running with the QLCS team! Karla’s friend lost her battle with breast cancer a few years ago, and every year since then she has attended the run in Kingston. Her friend’s mother, who is more than 80 years old, makes the trek from Montreal to Kingston each year so that she can participate in the Kingston run with her walker!!! A truly inspiring woman! If you’re at the run this year and see her (look for the walker decorated with balloons), please feel free to give her a high five or a nice word as you’re passing by!

Whether you want to come run, cheer us on, or donate to a friend running, we would greatly appreciate it – any bit of support helps! Join us in the promise to make breast cancer beatable!

Check out these links below if you want more information about donating or running with the QLCS team!


Movember is for the boys! This month long campaign raises funds and awareness for male health concerns such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, depression in men, and male suicide. So how can you get involved?

You can start by joining the Queen’s Law Mo Space here: where you can set up a profile help us reach our goal of raising $10,000.00 for the Movember Foundation. We encourage all QL men to grow a moustache over the course of the month. The rules are simple –  on November 1st, start clean shaven and then rock your dirty ‘stache for the rest of the month. The QLCS will be taking photos of all the Mo Bros on November 1st and November 30th in the lounge. Come by and get some sweet shots of your transformation.

Not a man? Don’t worry! The second way you can get involved is by MOving. The foundation promotes men’s health by encouraging men to get active. QLCS will be running a Squash Bracket and a 3 x 3 Basketball Tournament open to everyone! Click here to join the Squash Bracket before November 1st:  and look out for more information on the Basketball Tournament.

Over the course of the month we encourage men to familiarize themselves with the symptoms of testicular and prostate cancer and see a doctor for any concerns. In addition, we want all the men at Queen’s Law to know that they are part of a supportive community. If you are feeling stressed or mentally unwell, we encourage you to reach out to a friend or a health professional. Please see a list of resources offered on campus below.

The QLCS cannot wait to see you at events this month. Like our Facebook page for more updates on upcoming events like our Barcadia night and everybody’s favourite, Pin the Mo on the Dean! Let’s band together to promote the health of all the men in our lives!

Queen’s Health Services Contact Information

Crisis Counselling:  Tel: 613-533-6000 ext. 78264   Email:

Mental Health:  Tel: (613) 533-6000 ext. 75154   Email:

Health Promotion: Tel: 613-533-6000 ext. 75320 Email:

Health Services: Tel: 613-533-2506


Written By: Nicole Naglie


On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

Step aside Thanksgiving and Halloween, the real hero of October is coming through. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Each October, the Cancer Society commits itself to raising awareness for this cause. The money raised throughout the month goes towards funding cancer research, working with governments to enact healthy public policies, and allocating resources to make sure those affected by cancer are getting the support they need. Last year, donations made it possible for the Cancer Society to contribute $40 million towards research, helping get us one step closer to a cure.

Wondering how you can show your support this October? Easy! Wednesday, October 18th, from 10am – 3pm, the Queen’s Law Cancer Society will be selling pink ribbons in the lounge for you to wear with pride and show your support! Oh, and let’s not forget, on Wednesdays, we wear pink! Why not go the extra mile: buy a pin, but also wear pink to support breast cancer awareness, while living out your secret fantasy of being a plastic!

Written by: Darrien Murray

Run for the Cure 2017

The Queen’s Law Cancer Society annually organizes a student group to participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure. So what is the run, when is the run, and why should you participate?

The run is a charity event organized by the Canadian Cancer Society and supported by CIBC, raising money for breast cancer. The first run was 25 years ago, in Toronto’s High Park. Since then, the run has turned into a movement, where many cities participate in the largest national fund raising event for breast cancer. The $17 million raised annually is put to good use, supporting breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment care, and the breast cancer patient support network, which aims to increase the quality of life for those suffering from breast cancer. It’s a great opportunity to get active in support and to honour of friends and family who have been affected by the disease, or who may be affected in the future.

This year’s run is taking place on October 1st, starting at St. Lawrence College. Not a great runner? Not to worry. There is a 1km run that is friendly for people of all athletic abilities. In addition, the main run is a 5km route, which is the run Queen’s Law will be participating in. So sign up now at and join your friends for a fun run in support of a great cause. The QLCS exec looks forward to seeing you there!

Written by Nicole Naglie

Daffodil Month

The oldest of monthly cancer events is Daffodil month. This April the Canadian Cancer Society celebrates 60 years of raising money by selling Daffodils. The beautiful daffodil promotes cheer, hope, courage and strength.

Daffodils sold in your local grocery stores travel a long way. They are grown in British Columbia and take planes, trains, and trucks to bring cheer into your home. The selling of Daffodils raises millions of dollars every year in Canada for cancer research.

Can’t make it to a grocery store this month because of exams? No problem! Look out for the donation box in MacDonald Hall, and pick up a daffodil pin. While the fresh daffodils cheer up your home, the pins are important in spreading awareness. Wear them on your clothing with pride, knowing you have just helped us get one step closer to finding a cure for cancer.

Written by Nicole Naglie

Lights, Camera, Action: Cabaret Puts The Spotlight On The Fight Against Cancer

March. Who could possibly enjoy this month? It’s (still) snowing, and the cold grey permeates the warmth of every indoor space. Students are barraged with case comments and papers, and the prospect of final exams looms ever closer as we inch through this long, harsh month. We are caught up in the readings we haven’t done all semester, the papers we haven’t started, and the anticipation for what’s to come after those worries are out of the way – a summer job, travelling, or writing (and passing!) the bar. But if you were to ask me…this may actually be my favourite time of the Queen’s Law school year. Why? Cabaret for a Cure, of course.

If you haven’t attended Cabaret before, let me set the scene for you. There’s chatter across the audience, and the lights are bright. You can feel the nerves, the electricity of excitement as soon as you enter the Grand Theatre. Taking your seat, you look at the program in front of you and wonder: what, exactly, am I in for tonight?

Meanwhile, chaos reigns backstage. Makeup is applied and reapplied, dance moves are replayed and rejigged. The Bay Street Boys are adjusting their costumes (or lack thereof) and someone, SOMEWHERE, is yelling about fashion line formations. If you, a member of the audience, found yourself in one of the dressing rooms, you would have to remind yourself that these are not, in fact, members of New York’s Broadway elite, nor is this Fashion Week – rather, this is a show run entirely by the efforts of Queen’s Law students.

And suddenly – the lights dim, the crowd grows silent, and the biggest night of the year begins.

I’m not going to spoil the show for you. As can be expected (because we at Queen’s Law are a talented bunch), this year’s entertainment will be fantastic and fast-paced. But that’s not all that Cabaret is about.

Let’s rewind a couple of months, to the point where you or your friends signed away your weeknights. Those of us involved in Cabaret have devoted that time to learning a dance, meeting new people, and building something really incredible for not only our community, but a bigger cause as well. Putting together a production like Cabaret is no easy feat and like everything else, it is a journey – anyone dancing on stage for the first time will tell you that. There is, however, no tougher journey than the one hundreds of thousands of Canadians in just one year embark on when they receive a cancer diagnosis.

On its website, the Canadian Cancer Society organizes its “Cancer Information” section according to the progression of disease. It addresses issues like dealing with a recent diagnosis, talking about the disease, managing treatment with a diverse healthcare team, to living with cancer, and living after cancer. For those who may not come back from their journey is a section devoted to dealing with a terminal diagnosis. There’s a timeline to living with cancer, but the milestones of progression shift and change shape, and the end of that journey is rarely easy to see.

However, in all stages of illness, the Canadian Cancer Society highlights a source of hope: community. In every context, it’s difficult to ask for help – we’ve been trained to believe that needing others is a sign of weakness. While an individual’s fight against cancer is deeply personal, the truth is that it is difficult to beat the illness alone. Whether one’s support team is made up of friends, family, or support workers, nobody living with cancer should have to fight it on their own. That’s why Queen’s Law comes together every March to raise awareness, raise funds, and fight back against the disease that has affected each of us in some way – we can’t do it alone. Together, we raised over $18,000 in donations to the Canadian Cancer Society at Cabaret 2016. Together, the efforts of students, sponsors, and faculty have created this year’s amazing show – it will make you laugh, cry, and dance in your seat. Together, Queen’s Law stands up for the fight against cancer.

If you believe that our Queen’s Law spirit has faded over the past few months, reconsider this thought after you attend Cabaret tomorrow night. Whether you’ve got two months or two years of your time at Queen’s Law left, Cabaret will remind you to cherish the time you have and the people around you, because this event is proof of a community’s power – our power – to spark change. Let’s put the spotlight on the fight against cancer tomorrow night.

Written by Pavan Virdee

Why I Registered to Give

Have you ever considered how many opportunities you have to save a life? No, really. Think about how many chances you have to give a family something to be hopeful about, at a time when there isn’t a lot of hope left. Think about the afternoon or two it would take out of your life, to offer someone the chance to live the rest of their life.

This past Friday, QLCS partnered with the Queen’s U Blood Team for a OneMatch Stem Cell Registration Event right here in the QL lounge. They were around for 3 hours informing students about the donor registration process and helping register people for stem cell donation.

I had never considered stem cell donation. Frankly, needles freak me out. Just the thought of needles freaks me out. But somehow I got caught up in a conversation about what it really meant to register to donate stem cells, and how hard it is for doctors to find donors for patients. I realised that I was so caught up in how inconvenient it would be for me to donate (given the aforementioned squeamishness over needles) and I hadn’t even thought of what it would mean for a patient who desperately needed a stem cell transplant. These are patients who have not only been diagnosed with any of a variety of blood-related diseases or disorders, but who have likely been waiting for a match for a very long time. It’s their best chance, and sometimes their only chance at beating their illness and returning to normal life. And the chances that I would get a call to donate are so slim because it’s THAT hard to match registered donors with patients.

So, after a conversation with the lovely folks from the Queen’s U Blood Team about the risks and benefits of stem cell donation, I found myself sitting in the lounge rubbing cotton swabs against the inside of my cheek. I’m still kind of nervous that I might get a call, because the thought of getting poked and prodded with needles still makes me cringe. I know now though that not only is it unlikely that I’ll be lucky enough to be a match for someone, but if I do get a call that’s an amazing thing. I’ll be able to help save someone’s life, and that is so much bigger than my own inconvenience.

OneMatch is always registering potential donors, so if you want to join me on the donor registry, you can find more information at They’re always looking for men in particular, so guys, read up and really consider registering.

If you don’t want to wait to get a call from OneMatch to help someone in need, QLCS is also participating in a Canadian Blood Services Blood Drive this week. Wednesday (Nov. 30) from 2:30-4:30 we’ll be going to the clinic to donate blood. You can get more info at, and then email Steph at to let her know you want to come with us. There’s still a few spots left, so get on it soon if you’re interested, and I’ll see you there!

Written by Stephanie Browning