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Cricket to Conquer Cancer: Uniting Communities in the Fight Against Cancer

TORONTO – In a groundbreaking initiative aimed at harnessing the growing passion for cricket in Canada, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation has announced the launch of The Princess Margaret’s Cricket to Conquer Cancer. This unprecedented event, slated to be North America’s largest street cricket fundraiser, aims to merge the love for the sport with the urgent need to combat cancer.

Scheduled for May 31st, 2025, in Mississauga, Cricket to Conquer Cancer promises to be a day filled with excitement, camaraderie, and meaningful contributions to cancer research. Co-ed teams consisting of rookies, seasoned players, celebrities, and individuals from all walks of life will come together for a dawn-to-dusk cricket tournament.

“Cricket is becoming one of Canada’s most popular sports,” said Steve Merker, Vice President of Corporate and Community Partnerships at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. “This inaugural event, a first of its kind in North America, aims to raise substantial funds for the Cancer Center while inspiring thousands of new supporters to take on our vision to Conquer Cancer in our Lifetime.”

International cricket stars, including Carlos Brathwaite, a world-renowned player and former captain of the West Indies National team, have expressed their support for the event. Brathwaite, who has a personal connection to cancer, emphasized the significance of using sports as a platform to inspire hope and celebrate survivors.

“We all have a personal connection to cancer, me included.” said Brathwaite. I look forward to making this event a celebration for survivors and an inspiration for all those during their journey.”

Proceeds from the event will go towards accelerating cancer research, education, and clinical care at The Princess Margaret, a world-renowned cancer center known for its pioneering work in the field. Dr. Amit Oza, Head of the Division of Medical Oncology & Hematology at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, emphasized the critical role of community-driven initiatives in advancing cancer treatments and improving patient outcomes.

“As a cricket enthusiast myself, I am delighted we can celebrate this amazing sport while creating a global impact on cancer research.” said Dr. Oza. “Funds raised by our passionate community of participants help lead to the breakthroughs that will help patients here in Canada and around the world.”

Registration for Cricket to Conquer Cancer is now open, with more information available at cricket2conquer.ca.


The announcement of Cricket to Conquer Cancer comes at a time when the intersection of sports and philanthropy is gaining momentum. By leveraging the popularity of cricket, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is not only raising vital funds for cancer research but also fostering a sense of community and solidarity among Canadians. Events like these serve as a powerful reminder of the impact that individuals and communities can have when they come together for a common cause. As the event draws closer, it is expected to garner widespread support and participation from cricket enthusiasts and cancer advocates alike, further strengthening the fight against cancer in Canada and beyond.

Tiana Squire

Tiana Squire is our Leisure and Lifestyle Writer, dedicated to covering a wide array of topics including restaurants & bars, fashion, travel and tourism, family events and entertainment. With a passion for exploring and sharing the best in leisure experiences, Tiana brings her unique perspective and enthusiasm to each piece she writes. For inquiries or feedback, contact Tiana at tiana.squire@gtaweekly.ca.

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