Offering financial assistance to breast cancer patients

The Foundation

Battling for your life is a very tough challenge

The Snow Run was formed out of a passion for snowmobiling, and an equal passion for helping women who truly needed help in a time of need.

Background

The Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run was initially formed by a group of friends that bonded together to make a difference. When Kelly Shires was diagnosed with breast cancer she knew first-hand what it was like to battle this disease. Instead Kelly fought back. She teamed up with good friend Suzy Stenoff and created the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run for Fun. Collectively they worked to get a charity license approved, promoted and organized the snowmobiling event for women and their goal was to help women in their battle against breast cancer. They took a negative situation and made it the opportunity to make a positive impact. From two friends the charity has grown into a valued team of volunteers. Kelly’s hope was to eventually have a chapter in each province across the Country.

Unfortunately, Kelly Shires lost her 8 year battle with cancer in the fall of 2004. Suzy Stenoff, Co-founder, along with a dedicated Board of Directors and volunteer team, continues Kelly’s dream of helping women with their battle.

Over the years we have been able to help breast cancer patients with their financial battle against the disease. We have helped breast cancer patients from Coast to Coast and continue to make their battle a little less challenging.

We have found that we are able to broaden the scope of how breast cancer patients need help financially. It is always a difficult thing in any situation to admit that you need financial help. No one ever plans on getting ill or knows how an illness could potentially affect them and their family. Since 2006 there have been many insurance companies offering “critical illness” insurance for situations such as a cancer diagnosis but not everyone is aware of it or able to afford the coverage. In addition to loss of income due to inability to work or not qualifying for government assistance, there are expenses incurred by breast cancer patients in this financially trying time – this is why what we do is so important so the financial stress can be relieved and they can focus on getting well.

We have helped pay or paid for many items over the years. Some examples are:

  • wigs
  • prosthetics
  • transportation to treatments
  • lodging expenses
  • hospital parking cost
  • counseling
  • food
  • household bills while under treatment
  • rent

(These are just some examples of how your donations help patients with breast cancer)

In 2005 we were able to assist just under 100 women in their battle with breast cancer. Donations were also made to the Royal Victoria Hospital for their cancer center.

In 2006 we have been able to help over 136 breast cancer patients as well as making financial contributions to breast cancer programs across the country. Unfortunately we dispersed all of funds by fall of 2006 and had a waiting list of 56 breast cancer patients.

In 2007 we were able to help close to 200 women across Canada fighting breast cancer. At the end of July 2007 we had again dispersed all funds and had a waiting list.

Fast forward to the future:

In 2013 we were able to help over 500 patients.

In 2014 we were able to help 575 breast cancer patients.

Thank you for your support, none of this would be possible without your generosity.

About Kelly Shires

In the prime of her life, things could not have seemed any better. Kelly Shires, at 34 was happily married, was expecting her first child and was a successful business owner. What more could she ask for - the future was looking bright! Then tragedy struck, Christmas of 1996 Kelly found a lump on her breast. She immediately had it looked at to learn that she had breast cancer. Kelly was faced with continuous surgeries, the termination of her pregnancy, the loss of their business and ongoing chemotherapy.

Through those years and facing many challenges, Kelly had proven to be a very strong woman with a big heart. Her experiences had given her a new outlook on life and she decided that she wanted to help others diagnosed with breast cancer that may be facing many of the same challenges!

The idea to develop a Trust Fund to assist patients with breast cancer all started from a conversation with a great friend. The concept was born and the planning for the First Annual Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run For Fun was underway. The Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run For Fun is a snowmobile ride, which raises money for The Snow Run Trust Fund. This Trust Fund has been set up to assist newly diagnosed women with expenses that extended health care programs do not cover. Kelly wanted the fundraiser to have the theme of “Women helping Women” which seemed to be a perfect fit with the sport of snowmobiling as Kelly was an avid snowmobiler and the numbers of female snowmobilers continues to climb.

There are many, many worthwhile events and organizations raising money in the name of cancer research, with the CIBC Run for the Cure and the Terry Fox Run being the most notable. The Snow Run is different. The Snow Run was formed out of a passion for snowmobiling, and an equal passion for helping women who truly needed help in a time of need. Through personal experience, the charity realized that battling for your life is a very tough challenge, with physical, emotional, mental and financial battles to overcome. In realizing this, we decided we wanted to help these women diagnosed with breast cancer in their fight. We help them purchase items that health insurance programs do not cover. Through the Charity and fundraising event we also strive to raise awareness for early detection and prevention of the disease.

Although the charity helps women year-round, the primary fund-raising event (a woman only snowmobile run) is held the first Saturday of every February. TheTraX4 Breast Cancer ATV ride takes place annual the at the end of April/beginning of May and the Fore the Love of Pink Golf Tournament takes place annually in June.

In 2014, our Quebec chapter joined forces with Ruban Rose to continue the program in the province of Quebec.

Since its inception, The Snow Run Trust Fund has supported many breast patients in their own unique situations while battling breast cancer. The money raised has assisted with the purchase of prosthetic breasts, special bras, wigs, hats, prescriptions, and many other items that relate directly to breast cancer. Contributions have also been made to cancer centers across the country to help assist with specific breast cancer programs. ---- The Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run has come a long way in a very short time.

The requests are put before a committee and are thoroughly reviewed for approval of funds to be dispersed to an applicant, funds permitting. We may also donate money to cancer centres in hospitals to help support breast cancer programs.

Over the years we have been able to help breast cancer patients with their financial battle against the disease. We have helped women in Canada from Coast to Coast and continue to make their battle a little less challenging.

We have found that we are able to broaden the scope of how breast cancer patients need help financially. It is always a difficult thing in any situation to admit that you need financial help. No one ever plans on getting ill or how an illness could potentially affect them and their family. In 2006 there have been many insurance companies offering “critical illness” insurance for situations such as a cancer diagnosis but unfortunately many people are not made aware of this coverage until they are actually diagnosed and at that point it is too late for this coverage. In addition to loss of income due to inability to work or not qualifying for government assistance, there are expenses incurred by breast cancer patients in this financial trying time – this is why what we do is so important so the financial stress can be relieved and they can focus on getting well.

We have helped pay or paid for many items over the years. Some examples are:

  • wigs
  • prosthetics
  • transportation to treatments
  • lodging expenses
  • hospital parking cost
  • counseling
  • food
  • household bills while under treatment
  • rent

(These are just some examples of how your donations help patients with breast cancer)

In 2005 we were able to assist just under 100 women in their battle with breast cancer. Donations were also made to the Royal Victoria Hospital for their cancer center.

In 2006 we have been able to help over 136 breast cancer patients as well as making financial contributions to breast cancer programs across the country. Unfortunately we dispursed all of funds by fall of 2006 and had a wating list of 56 breast cancer patients waiting for assistance.

In 2007 we have been able to help close to 200 women across Canada fighting breast cancer. At the end of July 2007 we have again dispursed all of funds and already having a waiting list of wonderful ladies to help. Your generosity is greatly appreciated, if you could make a donation it would go a long way to help these ladies waiting.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, THIS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOUR GENEROSITY!

Kelly Shires Legacy

KELLY SHIRES LEGACY

Life could not have been better. Kelly was 34 years old and with her husband Ken, they were running a successful dry land boat facility, the future was looking great. Suddenly around Christmas in 1996, Kelly found a lump in her breast. She saw the doctor the next day and it was quickly determined that she had breast cancer. This was one of the most emotional and difficult times of her life. Not only was she dealing with a life threatening illness, she was also pregnant with her first child. Within a week, Kelly had four surgeries, terminated the pregnancy and began six months of chemotherapy.

FORGING AHEAD

Ken & Kelly gave up their business in Mississauga. There were many reasons but the main one was her cancer diagnosis. They knew they had to make some changes, so they moved to a nice little residential area on Georgian Bay to begin a less hectic lifestyle. Kelly knew from the beginning of this journey that she was going to do something to help others with breast cancer. One thing she had discovered was that the costs for items not covered under extended health plans were financially burdensome. She knew first hand what it was like to deal with the emotional, mental and physical stress that breast cancer patients and their families are faced with, but adding the financial stress was overwhelming,

THE SNOW RUN IS BORN

One fall evening, Kelly’s good friend, Suzy Stenoff, visited Ken & Kelly for dinner. After dinner Kelly & Suzy were sitting on the deck over-looking Georgian Bay. They were discussing all of the challenges that Kelly had faced and was facing during her battle with breast cancer. They decided they wanted to change that for others. Kelly was determined to turn her diagnosis into something good! They first considered having a golf tournament, then could not hold back their laughter at how they would host a golf tournament when neither knew a thing about golf! As they continued to brainstorm this, Suzy noticed Kelly & Ken’s snowmobiles which were off to the side and covered. She asked Kelly about her passion for snowmobiling and just like that they idea for the Snow Run was formed. Kelly wanted the theme to be an all-women snowmobile ride – Women helping women! The concept would be to ride the trails and raise awareness at the same time raising funds to help financially assist those diagnosed with breast cancer. The first Snow Run (January 2000), the event was essentially “rained out”! However that did not stop the spirit if the women who still came out and helped raise $10,000. The event has continued to grow since and continues today.

THE FUTURE

October 31, 2004, Kelly lost her 8-year battle with breast cancer. She had faced her battle head on and through her passion, she had managed to enlist a great group of volunteers to carry her dreams forward. Kelly dreamed that one day there would be an event in each province, which has been a tough challenge. In 2006, with the determination of past Director, Isabelle Dusastre the Quebec Chapter was formed (in 2014 the Quebec chapter joined forces with Ruban Rose to help continue offering financial assistance in Quebec). In 2010, the Trax4 Breast Cancer ATV event held its inaugural event and continues strong today, this event is open to be male and female participants. In 2012 the first Fore the Love of Pink Golf tournament held its first event and has been growing each year. Since losing Kelly, the Board of Director’s continues to carry her dreams and legacy onward. Over the years, they charity has helped those diagnosed with breast cancer with a wide variety of necessary expenses, items ranging from home care, child counseling, prosthetics, wigs, hats and ore. Thank you for helping our applicants make the battle against cancer an easier one for them to fight. Together we ARE making a difference. In loving memory of an extraordinary woman who was determined to make the journey though breast cancer less challenging for others. Kelly wanted us to celebrate her life and we continue to do that through her dreams. Gone but never forgotten!

LET’S GO GIRLS!

Ladies on the trail

Ladies on the trail

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Assistance is available

The Snow Run for Fun Trust was established to help women who have been recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. There are many unforeseen expenses you may face, and which your health insurance program may not cover. We provide assistance to women in these situations in order to make their fight with cancer a little less challenging. To discuss your personal situation in the utmost of confidence, please contact us directly at info@snowrunforfun.org or 1-877-436-6467.

The assistance criteria and application can be downloaded by clicking here.

PLEASE NOTE DUE EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2014, DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING A MAXIMUM OF 3 APPLICATIONS FOR 2014 FROM EACH APPLICANT. WE APOLOGIZE FOR HOW THIS MAY AFFECT SOME AND ARE WORKING HARD TO BRING MORE MONEY INTO THE FOUNDATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

Quebec Residents

In June 2014, the Financial Assistance program for breast cancer patients who reside in Quebec has been taken over by Fondation Cancer Du Sein Du Quebec. Those affected by breast cancer can make a request for financial assitance by visiting their website directly by clicking here.

Questions

Answer: We can only help women/men diagnosed with breast cancer due to the government guidelines surrounding the Charity.

Answer: There is a simple application form that you can download from the website and send to our office with the appropriate documents. If there is any additional information required we will let you know.

Answer: Your application is processed in strict confidence. The information is reviewed by a Committee that ensures that the application fits within the Charity guidelines.

Answer: From the time that all the required documents are received you should be notified with 2-3 business days.

Answer: Once the application has been processed and approved by the Committee the financial aid will be sent to you as quickly as possible, most applicants receive funds within one week.

Make a donation

We rely on your generousity to help make the lives of breast cancer patients less challenging.

Please note that our on-line donation program is through a secured site, your tax receipt will be e-mailed to you at the e-mail address provided. While we appreciate not everyone is comfortable with an on-line donation,please allow time for any donations made through mail to be process at our office.

Make a general donation online

In Memoriam & In Honour Tribute Donation

Downloadable donation form

Your kindness is greatly appreciated!

Together we DO make a difference!

Charity hosted fundraising events

Please visit ithe following websites for information on charity hosted fundrasing events:

Shopping for the cause

Jewellery

Jewellery

Richard and Co. Jewellers - designed specially for The Kelly Shires Foundation. Stock up on your bling and show support for the cause.

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Diva’s snow gear shirt

Diva’s snow gear shirt

Super soft ringspun cotton, long sleeve tee. Feminine fit and longer length. Decorated with pink breast cancer support ribbon, and snowflake graphics on front and back. Pre-Laundered. Available in sizes S-4XL. A portion of the proceeds from each sale of the Support Pink Tee will be donated to Pink Ribbon Riders to help support men and women diagnosed with breast cancer

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GMAX Helmet

GMAX Helmet

The GMAX GM54S helmet custom designed for the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run Pink Ribbon Riders. This is a top quality helmet and will exceed your expectations. A donation to the charity is made for EVERY SINGLE Helmet sold!

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Choko Jackets

Choko Jackets

As part of our Choko Cares Campaign, CDI inc. will make a donation to the Kelly Shires Pink Ribbon Riders.

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FXR

FXR

FXR Racing supports breast cancer initiatives in Canada through the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run and in the USA through the Pink Ribbon Riders.

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