Who We Are

Read for the Cure began in 2006 in Toronto, Canada, when two members of a west Toronto book club who had just finished treatment for cancer had a great idea. Acknowledging the important role of reading in their lives, and the wonderful support they had received from their fellow members during their treatment, they saw an opportunity to harness the energy of enthusiastic book clubs and readers to raise funds for cancer research. With two other book club members who had close relatives affected by cancer, they formed a committee of four. Together they developed a vision to bring readers and writers together for a wonderful evening, while raising funds for cancer research.

Since then, with the help of Penguin Random House of Canada, our corporate sponsor, we have hosted nine annual series of Author Events in October and November. All proceeds from our events are donated to research into environmental links to cancer. In 2016 we donated over $145,000 to this research; since our first events in 2007, we have donated more than $1,000,000 to cancer research.

View a complete a list of the many authors and books who have been features at past Read for the Cure events since 2007.

Our Toronto committee is chaired by Christine Biggar. Christine is assisted by committee members Emily Babiak, Jan Chepesiuk, Marg McKillop, Donna Taylor, Laurel Warr and Claire Wollen.

In Ottawa, we are fortunate to have a very capable committee headed up by Beth Allan and Judith Nolte. They are assisted by Ann Goldsmith, Dan Wiseman, Lynda Hockey, Susan Lindsay, and Cindy Lyon.

Our energetic committee in Vancouver is chaired by Pat Cumming. Pat is assisted by Cathi Stephens, Veda Kenda, Leslie Carter, Patrice Mitchell, Leslie Pasternak, Trish Rayment, Suzanne Rodzoniak, and Marnie Schigas.

Read for the Cure Foundation Inc. is a Canadian non-profit charity foundation in Canada only.

Vancouver Committee with Will Ferguson

Vancouver Read for the Cure committee with authors Donna Morrissey, Will Ferguson and Gail Anderson-Dargatz, 2016.