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Circle of 7 fundraising team boosts medical school, cancer centre foundation

Link to original article at The Windsor Star

A local charitable group stepped forward again Thursday to make two donations.

The Circle of 7 handed over cheques of $50,000 to the University of Windsor’s Schulich School of Medicine and $25,000 to Windsor Regional Cancer Centre’s In Your Jeans fundraising campaign.

The group’s members are Tom Williams, Rob Agnew, Don Wiley, Ed Agnew, Tony Haddad and Gord Boggs. For years, they have focused on raising funds to support educational and health care programs.

“Today was a very historic day because we were able to donate to two major causes,” said Ed Agnew, president of the Circle of 7. “We really want to thank our supporters. We are the circle of giving, but we would be nowhere without the support we get from the community.”

Assisting the medical school has also become important since it shows community commitment for the relatively new academic institution — an arms-length program of Western University which Agnew hopes one day will be a standalone school in Windsor.

Supporting men’s health initiatives and especially prostate cancer through In Your Jeans is important to the group given that one of its founders — former NHL star John Ferguson — died from prostate cancer, Agnew said.

The In Your Jeans campaign has a goal of $4 million in hopes of adding new equipment to more quickly assess biopsies and diagnose cancer, plus assist in opening a new men’s health centre in the city.

The In Your Jeans campaign’s biggest goal is to purchase a da Vinci surgical machine — which conducts robotic surgeries on men with prostate cancer.

Written by Dave Battagello

 

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