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about the run

Our run philosophy is very simple. We are a volunteer-run event that raises funds to support cancer-care programs and organizations across the Niagara Region. 

Your questions, ideas, and thoughts are always welcome.

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The very first Rankin Cancer Run took place in May 2006. 

The idea for the Run came from a group of local volunteers who, at the time, were working for a national charitable organization.  


Through this work, they became aware of the tremendous need for cancer-care funding in the Niagara Region and decided it was time to start a local event.

The next order of business was to secure a Title Sponsor.

On the morning of October 6th, 2004, they reached out to Tom Rankin of Rankin Construction to ask if he would be interested in becoming Title Sponsor. Tom’s immediate commitment made a hope and a dream come true and was just another shining example of the endless good the Rankin Family has done and continues to do throughout our community.  


While the Run was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the national pandemic, it resumed as a virtual event in 2022. The full results from the 2023 Run can be found here.

where the money goes

where the money goES

The 2023 Run marked our 17th active year.


Over that time, the event has distributed over $11,850,000 to deserving cancer-care organizations across the Niagara Region.

Here is the list of the local organizations that have benefitted from your generosity. 

Walker Family Cancer Centre    


Wellspring Niagara


West Lincoln Hospital (Grimsby)


Greater Niagara General Hospital (NF)


Hospice Niagara


Douglas Memorial Hospital (Fort Erie)


Welland General Hospital


Port Colborne Hospital


Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital


Niagara-on-the-Lake Hospital


Brock University Cancer Rehab Program


become a volunteer

We are proud of the fact that the Run is 100% coordinated and run by a team of volunteers.


A fund-raising event of this size and magnitude simply could not exist without the generous spirit and time of these amazing people. 

If you would like to add your name to the list of people who so graciously give their time and skills to assist us, please contact us

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The Thom Family

Dave and Debbie with daughter Alyssa and son Tyler

become a SPONSOR

We are so deeply grateful for the generosity, spirit and heart of our run sponsors as it is their support that really makes a community event like this possible.

To see the list of businesses who are sponsoring the Run, please visit our Sponsors page


If you would like to add your name to the list of businesses who support this worthwhile cause, please contact us

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