The gala, now in its fourth year, captures many aspects of the work done by the Canadian Cancer Society
and this year will focus on breaking down some of the barriers around the myth for many in the South Asian community that a diagnosis of cancer means death.
“It’s a lack of communication, lack of language, and a lack of understanding that are the reasons the South Asian community’s conversations about cancer tend to be in whispers” says Jas, a cancer survivor.
Studies show that Peel Region has the second highest population growth in Ontario and the largest South Asian population. Unfortunately, studies also show that this particular community also has the lowest rate in participating in early screening cancer programs. The Cancer Society’s newly launched Screening Saves Lives (SSL) initiative is a peer-based program that promotes cancer screening in hard to reach communities. The Society has begun work with a community advisory committee to adapt the SSL program to engage South Asians in Peel in conversations about the importance of early detection and screening.
Among the Disha Gala
sponsors for what promises to be an inspiring evening include Presenting Sponsor Hindi Abroad, Platinum Sponsor Weekly Voice, along with MyBindi.com
, Fast Signs, Print Pros, Empire Entertainment and Distillers Pride Ltd to name a few.
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About the Canadian Cancer Society
For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive.