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Stephanie Gilman and her father Todd Herzog walked in the 2013 Shoppers Drug Mart
Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. (Photo: UHN)


The face of breast cancer is changing.

Young women are increasingly susceptible to the disease. Even men can get breast cancer.

Todd Herzog and his daughter, Stephanie Gilman, were each diagnosed with breast cancer, offering a clear example of how widespread the disease can be.

To fight back, Herzog and Gilman participated in the 2013 Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers on Sept. 7-8.
 
The 60km, two-day walk is the largest women’s cancer fundraiser of its kind in North America, and has raised over $8 million this year in support of The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
 
Father-daughter support
 
Herzog was diagnosed with a rare form of the disease in 2008, and now supports his daughter Gilman through her current breast cancer journey. 
 
"Stephanie has had a double mastectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy, and is about to undergo radiation," said Herzog. "Not what a newlywed 28-year-old should be doing with her life."
 
"We need cures, and we need them now," he said.
 
Herzog and Gilman have now participated in the event five times.
 
New route, new site
 
To celebrate its 11th year, The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers began its new decade of difference by offering an exciting new walk route and new camp site to reflect the new faces of women's cancers.
 
The new route highlighted Toronto's multicultural neighbourhoods and showcased its scenic waterfront.
 
Walkers also enjoyed the iconic Rogers Centre as the new site for Opening Ceremonies, Camp, and Closing Ceremonies.
 
Gilman was a key spokesperson at the Closing Ceremonies, representing a younger generation of breast cancer survivors. 
 
The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women's Cancers was held Sept. 7-8, 2013.
 
To register for next year's event or donate, please visit www.endcancer.ca or call (416) 815-WALK (9255).  
 
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