Touchdown for Dreams - Archive

2017 Pink Game

Thanks to Rider Nation, the annual Cameco Touchdown for Dreams pink game was a success.

Another $25,000 has been donated to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency after Cameco volunteers sold pink blankets at the Oct. 27th Saskatchewan Roughriders game in Regina. A partnership between Cameco, SCA and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Cameco Touchdown for Dreams makes dreams come true for women with life-threatening cancer.


Susan's Dream - 2017

Susan Harty's dream request is something you would see on a reality TV show.

The 50-year-old mother of a teenage daughter asked for a kitchen makeover in her Regina home.

In the midst of battling life-threatening cancer, Susan applied to the Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program hoping her wish would come true.

Thanks to an amazing donation from Bella Vista Custom Kitchens, that dream became a reality this week with a major renovation.

After Susan moved out of her home on Sunday afternoon, Bella Vista staff and Cameco volunteers worked day and night until Thursday morning to complete the makeover – which includes new flooring, cabinets, countertops, appliances, lighting, paint and more.

Valued at nearly $40,000, this type of kitchen makeover would typically take a month. But given the special dream request, Bella Vista brought it to life in four days.

Entering its sixth year, Cameco Touchdown for Dreams is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and Cameco.

  • The program has granted 33 wishes during its first five years.
  • Due to tremendous support from Rider Nation, the program will grant seven dreams this year.
  • The Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program visited the Mosaic Stadium at the Oct. 27th game, where Cameco employees, Rider wives and Cancer Agency staff sold pink Roughrider merchandise to fans. Sale profits are used to help make the dreams come true.

2017

Cameco Touchdown for Dreams is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Cameco and the Saskatchewan Roughriders designed to help make a difference in the fight against cancer.

The Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program includes these components:

Fulfilling Dreams

  • Fulfilling the dreams of women with a life-threatening diagnosis of cancer is one component of the program.
  • Every woman should have the opportunity to see her dream come true, to hope, believe and experience her greatest vision.
  • Applications for the 2017 Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program have now closed and are being reviewed.

Supporting the Work of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency

  • Each spring a gala is held in Saskatoon as part of the Cameco Touchdown for Dreams Program. The proceeds from this event help support the work of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.

Making a Difference

  • Each October in Regina, funds are raised from the sale of pink merchandise to fulfill the dreams of women with a life-threatening diagnosis of cancer. Together with your help, we can make their dreams a reality for women with a life-threatening diagnosis of cancer.

2016

October 21, 2016

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and Cameco are granting seven dreams this year to women with life-threatening cancer.

The 2016 Cameco Touchdown for Dreams recipients are:

Holly Wilton – Stoughton – motorcycle trip through Canadian Maritimes

Teresa Nelson – Regina – whale watching off B.C. coast

Gail McCrimmon – Meadow Lake – to mark her 25th wedding anniversary, she received her first set of new living room furniture

Myra Carleton – Swift Current – Mediterranean cruise

Sharon Sigfusson – Martensville – Alaskan cruise on her 35th wedding anniversary

Andrea Kapronczai – Saskatoon – family trip to B.C.

Martha Moberly – Turnor Lake – tickets to NHL game (remainder of dream being granted this fall)

While this program is a partnership between Cameco, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Rider Nation plays a big role.

At Saturday’s Saskatchewan Roughriders game at Mosaic Stadium, fans will be able to purchase a special Cameco Touchdown for Dreams/Rider-branded pink scarf for $20 with all profits helping make dreams come true. Cameco employees, Saskatchewan Roughrider wives and Saskatchewan Cancer Agency staff will be selling the souvenirs before kickoff.


May 31, 2016

A look behind the scenes at Cameco's 2016 Touchdown For Dreams Gala.

Holly Wilton’s strength and courage while battling three different types of cancer has made her this year’s first dream recipient in the Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program.

A 46-year-old mother of three children from Stoughton, Holly’s dream is to travel through the Maritimes on a Harley Davidson.

Thanks to the Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program – which grants dreams to women who have been diagnosed with life-threatening cancer - that wish will become a reality this summer.

First diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2008, Holly received a second diagnosis of cancer near her bowel in 2013. After five surgeries, 27 radiation treatments and 28 chemo sessions, Holly is now being treated for liver cancer.

Constantly showing a positive attitude, Holly is sharing her story before her dream is granted this August.


Cameco introduced its first dream recipient for 2016 on May 31 in Saskatoon. Holly Wilton is a 46-year-old mother of 3 who has battled three types of cancer since 2008. Holly's dream is to travel through the Maritimes on a Harley Davidson with her husband.


Entering its fifth year, Cameco Touchdown for Dreams is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and Cameco.

  • The program has granted 26 wishes during its first four years.
  • Due to tremendous support from Rider Nation, the program will grant seven dreams this year.
  • The Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program visits Mosaic Stadium for the Oct. 22nd game, where Cameco employees, Rider wives and Cancer Agency staff will sell pink Roughrider merchandise to fans. Sale profits will be used to help make the dreams come true.



2015

Marla's Dream

June 9, 2015 - Marla Cole has had a dream for 12 years – and it is about to come true.

Since founding the Amati Quartet as the first violinist, Cole has wanted a professional recording and CD.

Thanks to the Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program – which grants dreams to women who have been diagnosed with life-threatening cancer - that wish is becoming a reality this year.

A remarkably talented musician, Cole was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer in December 2014. Shortly afterward, friends and family, including Marla’s two teenage children, put together an application to the Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program.

The recording sessions started last month in the Emmanuel Anglican Church and continue this fall, with Marla planning to give all proceeds from CD sales to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.

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Cameco Touchdown for Dreams Program Expanded

January 28, 2015 - Thanks to an outpouring of support from Rider Nation and a unique corporate partnership, the Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program is expanding.

For the next two years, the program will grant seven to ten wishes each year to Saskatchewan women with a life-threatening diagnosis of cancer. The goal will be to direct $7,500 to $10,000 toward fulfilling each dream.

The increases are due to the generosity of Rider Nation and a new two-year deal between Cameco, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.

The dreams are funded and become a reality through:

  • Rider fans purchasing pink souvenirs at the annual Cameco Touchdown for Dreams pink game - where all profits go to the program. In total, Rider Nation has contributed almost $90,000 from souvenir sales in three years.
  • Cash donations and staff volunteer hours from Cameco.
  • Financial and in-kind donations from people across the province who have been touched by the program.

“This program gives all of us an opportunity to honour these brave women in ways that are personal and direct,” said Tim Gitzel, president and CEO of Cameco. “I have seen the difference it makes and we are delighted to continue the program for another two years.”

Applications for potential 2015 dream recipients can be submitted through the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency website starting today. Applications close March 31.

"We are pleased to be continuing our relationship with Cameco and the Saskatchewan Roughriders," said Scott Livingstone, president and CEO of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. "This program allows us to make a real difference in the lives of patients and families in our province."

The first of this year's dream recipients will be announced at the annual Cameco Touchdown for Dreams gala in Saskatoon this spring.

“Cameco Touchdown for Dreams touches the Rider Nation in such a special and heart-felt way which makes us all proud,” said Steve Mazurak, VP of sales and partnerships with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

A date for the annual pink game in Regina will be announced after the CFL schedule has been released.

And watch for the unveiling this spring of a mobile unit in northern Saskatchewan that will be used to help cancer detection and spread awareness education. The mobile unit has been purchased from funds raised through the Cameco Touchdown for Dreams gala.

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2014

2014 Dream Recipients Announced

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and Cameco are in the process of granting five dreams this year to women with a life-threatening diagnosis of cancer.

The 2014 Cameco Touchdown for Dreams recipients are:

Marilyn Young (Prince Albert) her dream of a seven-day Alaskan cruise was granted in June.
Leslie Cunningham (Hitchcock Bay) her dream of a basement renovation was granted this summer.
Barb Obed (Saskatoon) her dream is a new trailer at a north-central Saskatchewan lake. This program will help purchase that trailer.
Colleen Lorenzen (Saskatoon) a newly landscaped backyard became a reality this spring with a two-tier deck, rock wall and large flower garden.
Lisa Duncan (Regina) her dream comes true in November with a Hawaiian cruise.

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Leslie's Dream Project

Leslie Cunningham is this year's ambassador for the Cameco Touchdown For Dreams program. Watch how Cameco employees and local contractors all pitched in recently to make her dream come true.


A Dream Gala - 2014


The Cameco Touchdown For Dreams program celebrated its recipients past and present on May 28 during the 2014 gala at the Delta Bessborough in Saskatoon. Leslie Cunningham, the program's 2014 ambassador was introduced, along with the rest of the 2014 dream recipients Barb Obed, Lisa Duncan, Marilyn Young and Colleen Lorenzen.

Proceeds from this annual spring gala help grant the wishes of women living with cancer and funding for a mobile cancer screening unit to travel through northern Saskatchewan.


2013

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Cameco Touchdown for Dreams


Cameco Touchdown for Dreams 2013 – In Memory of Shirley

Cameco staff and local community volunteers helped grant another wish in the Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program.

During the second week of October, 2013, Cameco employees were in Quill Lake, Saskatchewan putting on a barbecue in memory of Shirley Sametts, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. As part of the event, family members cut the ribbon on a new memorial gazebo in Shirley's honour, which was hand-built a few weeks earlier by Cameco volunteers and local residents.

It's all part of the Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program.


2013 Ambassador – Tracy Doell

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) and Cameco announced the Cameco Touchdown for Dreams 2013 ambassador – and granted her wish on May 29th.

Tracy Doell – 42-years-old from Saskatoon with incurable stage four lung cancer – asked for a very unique dream to come true. Knowing she has been given a life expectancy of 8-19 months, she asked for a lease on a convertible Ford Mustang. Thanks to VWAG, that dream came true with a 24-month free lease.

As the 2013 ambassador for Cameco Touchdown for Dreams, Tracy delivered the keynote address at the May 29th fundraising gala. She will also be at Mosaic Stadium for the Saskatchewan Roughriders' pink game on October 19th where Cameco employees, Rider wives and SCA staff will sell pink Roughrider merchandise to game-day fans. Sale proceeds will be used to help make the dreams come true.


2012

2012 Ambassador – Megan Wells

Megan Wells, a 27-year-old mother of a two-year-old, is this year's first recipient of a dream-come-true.

Megan, who was diagnosed with a rare form of oral cancer a year and a half ago, asked for improvements to her home, to make life more comfortable for her and her young daughter, as she continues her cancer journey.

North Ridge Development volunteers and nearly 50 Cameco employees worked together, along with support of many other local organizations, to make Megan's wish come true.

Watch Megan's reaction to the big reveal in this video as she takes her first look at a brand new kitchen, freshly painted walls and beautifully landscaped yard on June 22nd. We hope these improvements will help the cancer survivor enjoy life with her young daughter after a difficult year of treatments.


Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program announces dream recipients

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and Cameco today announced the dream recipients in the Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program.

The program grants five dreams each year — for the next three years — to women with a life-threatening diagnosis of cancer.

Amanda Ringdahl (31-years-old from Outlook, SK), Shawna Frederick (33-years-old from Moose Jaw), Vel McMillan (44-years-old from Regina), Lisette Dubuc (54-years-old from Alida) and Megan Wells (27-years-old from Dundurn) are this year's recipients.

Megan has already received her dream, while the four remaining dream projects are now underway.

At Saturday's Saskatchewan Roughriders game at Mosaic Stadium, fans will be able to purchase special Cameco Touchdown for Dreams/Rider-branded merchandise for $10 with proceeds helping fulfill the dreams of each recipient.


Cameco Touchdown For Dreams Program Helps Saskatchewan Women Fight Cancer

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) and Cameco have announced the Cameco Touchdown For Dreams program -- a new three-year partnership designed to help women across Saskatchewan fight cancer.

The Cameco Touchdown For Dreams program features two components that will impact Saskatchewan women:

  • Each spring in Saskatoon, the Cameco Touchdown For Dreams gala will raise money for the Cancer Agency to purchase a new mobile unit to travel to northern Saskatchewan communities to test women for cancer and provide cancer prevention education to youth. The first gala was held on May 24th, 2012 at the Delta Bessborough and featured a one-hour private performance by Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo.
  • Each October in Regina, the Cameco Touchdown For Dreams program will visit Mosaic Stadium, where Cameco employees will sell pink Roughrider merchandise to game-day fans. Sales proceeds will be used to help make a dream come true for five courageous women with a life-threatening diagnosis of cancer. The October 20th home game in Regina has been designated for the Cameco Touchdown For Dreamsproject.

Megan Wells, a 27-year-old mother of a two-year-old, is this year's first recipient of a dream come true. Megan, who was diagnosed with a rare form of oral cancer a year and a half ago, has asked for improvements to her home in Dundurn, to make life more comfortable as she continues her cancer journey with her daughter. North Ridge Development Corporation, Cameco and its employees will make Megan's dream come true in June.