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Bachelors raise $84K for cancer research

Popular event has raised more than $1.2 million in 20 years.
Bachelors of Hope
The Bachelors of Hope Charity Auction has raised more than $1.2 million over 20 years. (Submitted photo)

THUNDER BAY – Staying single has its benefits.

This past Friday, 10 bachelors helped raise $84,637 for the Northern Cancer Fund to help cover the costs of breast cancer research, education, diagnosis and treatment at the annual Bachelor of Hope Charity Auction.

Over 20 years the popular event has raised more than $1.2 million.

 “I’m not sure there are words to describe just how much this event means to women,” said Laurie Clarke, a long-time committee member, in a release issued on Monday.

 “No matter who you are, what you do, what you believe in, when you walk into that room, and feel the powerful energy of a group of women who want to celebrate and lift each other up in the face of breast cancer, it’s a feeling you don’t forget.

“I think that’s one of the reasons this event has lasted so long. It’s an evening to let loose, absolutely, but it brings women together to make sure we have everything we need here to fight breast cancer.”

Glenn Craig, president and CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, said the volunteers and sponsors make it possible.

“Our cancer program has benefitted tremendously from the efforts of all involved, with advancements in diagnostics and treatment that give women their best chance at surviving breast cancer. We are grateful to our community for continuing to support this event in its mission to make hope possible for the many women who will face a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime,” Craig said.