The women of Edmonton Eskimo football have joined forces with the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation to fight ovarian cancer. Each year, the green and gold host the Eskimo Women’s Dinner, presented by Prism Flow Products, and raise funds to battle the disease that boasts a 60 per cent mortality rate.
The Eskimo Women’s Dinner began in 2007 in memory of friend and 21-year Eskimo employee Pam Monastyrskyj, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer two years earlier. In 2008, the Edmonton Eskimo Women’s Ovarian Cancer Research Endowment Fund was set up to provide long-term, sustainable funding for researchers at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.
In August 2010, the women of Eskimo football had successfully reached their goal of $100,000 – an entire year early of their three-year commitment. By 2012, the dinner had raised over a quarter-million dollars.
Every three-and-a-half hours –– about the time it takes the Eskimos to play a game –– another Canadian woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Join us in the fight. Details on the next Eskimo Women’s Dinner coming soon.