Message from Dan Patterson: Join NC’s Rankin Cancer Run team


Niagara College’s strong support for our community shines through each year at the annual Rankin Cancer Run.

It’s inspiring to see our NC spirit in full force each year when so many members of staff, faculty, administrators, students and retirees  join together to represent our College for this special fundraising event which touches the lives of so many people in our region.

The Rankin Run is a true community event – made in Niagara, for Niagara – which raises much-needed funds for cancer support in Niagara. It’s important to note that all the funds raised through this annual fundraising run/walk remain in right here in the region  and that the event is run by unpaid volunteers who do not receive a salary from any entity.

During the past 12 years, the Rankin Cancer Run has raised more than $7.5 million to support those with cancer in Niagara. Last year, Niagara College was among more than 265 teams participating in the fundraiser – 56 schools – which raised $1 million for the Niagara community:

  • $500,000 to Walker Family Cancer Centre;
  • $200,000 to Wellspring Niagara;
  • $80,000 to Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital;
  • $50,000 to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby;
  • $50,000  to Greater Niagara General Hospital in Niagara Falls;
  • $40,000  to Welland General Hospital;
  • $40,000  to Port Colborne Hospital; and
  • $40,000 to Douglas Memorial Hospital in Fort Erie.

Once again this year, the NC community has an opportunity to join together to make a difference on the 13th anniversary of the Rankin Cancer Run. I strongly encourage our College community to continue our tradition of supporting our community by joining the College team. Bring your family and friends – strollers, wheelchairs and leashed dogs are welcome.

This year’s run will be held on May 26 (beginning at 10 a.m.), Kicking off on Niagara Street in St. Catharines, at Parnell. Participants can opt for a 1-km or 5-km route that takes place in the Port Weller area of St. Catharines.

Niagara College will have a tent on site as a gathering place. Free food will be provided after the run along with entertainment and activities. So many schools and clubs bring tents and banners for their teams and I encourage participants to show their NC spirit!

Those interested in joining Niagara College’s team are asked to register by May 1 to ensure they are part of the College’s t-shirt order.  Fees are $20 for adults and $10 for students (includes a free t-shirt).

To register, please visit the College’s Rankin Run Team website here.

Those who are unable to run or walk on May 26 may still get involved by sponsoring the NC team. To donate, visit the team’s website here, and click the ‘Sponsor Us’ tab for details.

For more information please contact the College’s Rankin Cancer Run liaison Shelley Panetta at

Visit the Rankin Cancer Run website at


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