CHUM hopes to give cancer a scare with hockey fundraiser

The CHUM Hospital in Montreal will hold a 'Give Cancer a Scare' fundraising event on November 1, 2015 to raise funds for its radiation oncology department.

It’s what Canadian witches would play — broom ball, otherwise known as “witch hockey,” is the game of choice for the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal’s (CHUM) upcoming Give Cancer a Scare event. The largest radiation oncology department in Montreal is raising funds to further its research.

“We were looking for something around this time of year, we wanted something family oriented,” said David Roberge, head of radiation oncology at CHUM Notre Dame. Some of the research efforts funded by this Halloween-themed event will focus on the nearly 4,000 patients the hospital oversees.

The broom ball tournament is made up of 10 teams. Both doctors and everyday people will play. As this is the organization’s inaugural event, Roberge said he hopes the next edition will have even more participants.

“In theory, it’s open to anybody and they can have their own team.”

The fundraising part of Give Cancer a Scare is pretty simple. Each team’s goal is $5,000.

“People can go on the website and support [the teams] or they can generally support the event,” Roberge explained.

In addition to the game that will close roads between Ontario St. and the hospital, inflatable games, a DJ, pumpkin carving and even food trucks will be in tow.

Give Cancer a Scare takes place on November 1, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine, at Notre-Dame Hospital, 900 St. Denis St. (enter from the corner of Alexander de Sève and Ontario Sts.). Tickets to the family fun day event cost $10.

For more information or to make a donation, visit givecancerascare.com