Written by Dahlia Merlo on 02.10.14

Cancer has affected nearly everyone one way or another. Most people speak of the disease in a whisper of fear, afraid of the mentioning it or discussing it lest they upset someone or remind them of the direness of the situation. Few people, however, meet cancer head-on and with an aggressive fighting stance.

That’s exactly what Julie Greenbaum’s mother did when she exclaimed “F*ck cancer!” one fateful day before her passing in 2010. This courage is what prompted her daughter and family to begin a now 5-year-old tradition of throwing charitable events to benefit cancer research.

The events, aptly named F*ck Cancer, aim to collect funds for cancer research facilities, with donations previously made to the Segal Cancer Center of the Jewish General Hospital and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

These events also hope to bring youth together in a meaningful way, allowing them to share in their experiences and support each other. F*CK CANCER inwykiwyk™ (It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know) is a new movement aiming to unite people in order to gain strength among the younger generation of people affected by this disease.

The F*ck Cancer parties have been a yearly event since 2010, and this year is no different. Admission is $30 in the form of a tshirt and ticket. You must wear your tshirt and bring your ticket to the event. They want you to swear off cancer loud and proud. The tshirts come in 8 different colours representing different forms of cancer and their respective cancer ribbons.

The event will be held on October 11th at La Mouche, so you must be 18 years and older to attend. For its five year anniversary, F*ck Cancer has gained some valuable support from Base Energy drink, the title sponsor of the event. In addition, local photographers “Live City Montreal” will be there snapping pictures all night long! Check out the Facebook event page for information on purchasing tickets.

This is probably the only time we will ever encourage you to point the middle finger proudly and exclaim “F*CK CANCER!”

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