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Breast cancer survivor unites Beaches community in one-day event to find a cure

TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - Something ordinary can be forever linked with a life altering experience. It is for Rachael Smith. Smith, 44, learned she had breast cancer in the midst of managing a busy household that included a basement full of things her family no longer needed but didn't have time to get rid of.

Now, just a year later, Smith's personal battle with the disease has inspired the mother of two daughters to give back to the organizations that helped her during nine months of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. And the idea came from that growing pile of stuff in her basement.

Smith, her family, friends, neighbours and volunteers are asking residents of the Greater Beaches community to come together on their front lawns on Saturday, May 28, 2005 for Yard Sale for the Cure. This massive one-day event encourages people to sell the things they no longer need to raise money for breast cancer research and treatment.

"As a breast cancer survivor, I know how much hospitals and research organizations depend on donations... money that's given goes towards caring for people who are sick and research to find a cure," says Smith. "Yard Sale for a Cure is a unique and simple way for people to get rid of the stuff they no longer need and support a good cause at the same time. The ultimate goal is that hopefully, one day, other women won't have to endure the same thing I did."

Participants are asked to donate a portion or all of their yard sale proceeds to Yard Sale for the Cure. 100% of funds donated will go to the following charities: the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Chapter, The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research at Princess Margaret Hospital and Toronto East General Hospital - Oncology Unit.

"We're hoping that all of our beach neighbours will get involved by holding a yard sale or making a donation to this important cause," says Smith, "And just as important to our fundraiser, we encourage all Greater Toronto Area residents to come and shop on Saturday, May 28th at the first annual Yard Sale for the Cure."

If someone outside of the Greater Beaches area wants to host a Yard Sale for the Cure sale, they are welcome to register on the site. In the first year of the event, the organization is not able to distribute kits outside of the Greater Beaches area, but posters can be downloaded online and people are welcome to come to the Beaches to pick up a kit.

Pre-register online at www.yardsaleforthecure.com for a Yard Sale for the Cure kit which includes a t-shirt, pink ribbon and official yard sale sign. Kits can then be picked up at the local RE/MAX Hallmark Realty office at 2237 Queen St East.

The first 500 registrants will be entered into a draw for a grand prize of a Famous Players Big Card - a year of free movies for them and a guest. An additional 25 pairs of Famous Players movie passes will be given away.

Approximately one in nine Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. This is an increase from one in 20 during the 1970s. An estimated 5,200 women died from breast cancer last year alone (source: National Cancer Institute of Canada, Canadian Cancer Statistics, 2004).

Yard Sale for the Cure was created in 2005 by a group of local Beach residents who were inspired by breast cancer survivor Rachael Smith. In its first year, the organization will raise money for breast cancer research and treatment by encouraging residents in the Beaches area of Toronto to host a yard sale and donate a portion of the proceeds to the cause. For more information, please visit Yard Sale For The Cure.

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