Three decades ago, cancer deeply touched Jonathan Wener’s family. It uprooted their sense of security and left them with a new definition of normal. This painful personal experience also compelled them to make a difference: raise money for cancer research. Knowing there was a limitation to the impact of one man and his family, Jonathan Wener challenged the business community to get involved in year-round fund raising, culminating in a celebratory run through the streets of Montreal. The Défi Canderel was born.

30 years later, the Défi Canderel continues to thrive. In fact it has grown by leaps and bounds. In 2005 it was awarded the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce “Spirit of Leadership Community Award” for its longevity and success. Seeing the community unite to raise funds towards cancer research demonstrates the power of a shared goal. Together we’ve raised over 18 million dollars for our beneficiaries: the Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill University and the Institut du cancer de Montréal, affiliated to the Université de Montréal. We continue to give without strings attached, and have strengthened scientific collaboration between our two beneficiaries.

The success of the Défi lies in the dedication of our donors to invest annually in this important cause, which has left no family untouched. Please consider a personal donation, or challenge your company to participate by registering a team in the run on May 7, 2021.
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