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Dominic and Fiona Cashman

“When it came to deciding what type of gift we should give to our wedding guests, my mother suggested we look into the Canadian Cancer Society's Wedding Celebration Program. We had never heard of it before but thought it was an excellent idea.

As survivors of cancer, our parents are very active in the Canadian Cancer Society. We were very happy to be able to make a donation to the Cancer Society in lieu of gifts. When we explained to our guest the meaning of the placards at their tables we got resounding applause. They all agreed it was much more meaningful than candy covered almonds!”

- Dominic and Fiona Cashman

Genevieve and Mark Ward

"On our wedding day, we wanted to make sure we remembered what was important - our commitment to one another and the loving support of our family and friends. We both have family and friends who have been affected by cancer, and many of whom could not be with us on our special day. By providing the Canadian Cancer Society with a donation on behalf of our guests, we were able to include those lost loved ones in our day, while providing funds to further support research of this disease that affects so many."

- Genevieve and Mark Ward
Mississauga, ON

Holida and Rebecca Tek

"While guest favours are traditionally handed out at weddings as a way of giving thanks, our experience is that they often get overlooked, forgotten, or thrown out altogether. What do people really need with another candle holder, picture frame or sugary treat? We felt the amount of money spent on such trinkets could be put to better use, especially given the size of our guest list.

Donating to the Canadian Cancer Society was an easy choice. Both of have been deeply affected by lost loved ones, and felt that our gift would help others who have also been touched by cancer. What better way to start our new life together than by supporting something bigger than ourselves!"

- Holida and Rebecca Tek
Married in Toronto, July 10, 2010

Kelly and Jeff Cowan

"When planning our wedding, we felt there was more meaning in giving to an important cause, in place of giving each guest a small, material gift. It was also a special way to honour friends and family who have been affected by various cancers. The place cards given to us by the Canadian Cancer Society were set on each of the reception tables to signify to guests that a donation had been made on their behalf. On the most important day of our lives, this was an essential part of it all."

- Kelly and Jeff Cowan
Westport, ON

Rose and Marco Alberga

"My late husband passed away in 1988 due to complication of leukemia and my husband's late wife died in 2002 due to breast cancer. We also lost a few friends who had cancer. We both feel that at our age it's a blessing to find each other and since at our age we basically do not need anything from any registry, we find that with the extra monetary, we want to help as much as we can for people who have cancer. That's how we came up with the idea."

- Rose and Marco Alberga
Richmond Hill, ON

Lisa and Sean

"For us, there was no question that we were going to honour our guests by making a donation on their behalf to the Canadian Cancer Society. Cancer has touched our lives in so many ways. Not long after Sean and I announced our engagement to our families, my cousin also made an announcement—she was diagnosed with 2 different types of breast cancer (papillary cancer and ductal cancer) in the same breast. As Sean and I were busy planning our wedding, my cousin was going through her treatments. Her final round of chemo took place December 23, 2009 and I’m happy to say she was there with us (sitting in the second row!!) on our wedding day December 31, 2009. She is now getting ready for her radiation treatment which begins in February 2010."

- Lisa & Sean
Oakville, ON

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