Nearly 10 years after she died from breast cancer on July 27, 2009, Janis Foligno's legacy lives on through the Janis Foligno Foundation, a charity committed to finding a cure for cancer and improving the quality of life for those with the disease.
Janis' husband, retired NHLer and former Sudbury Wolves coach Mike Foligno, has recognized a group of charities that support those battling cancer.
On behalf of the Janis Foligno Foundation, a total of $78,500 was donated to charitable causes in Greater Sudbury, Ottawa and British Columbia.
"We want to make sure that we take care of our community," Foligno said at a Feb. 11 press conference. "As a foundation and a family, we've very focused on continuing the work my wife started.
"She would be proud to see the work that's being done here."
This year's recipients included:
- The Down Syndrome Association of Sudbury, which received $2,500
- Epilepsy Ontario, which received $3,000
- Research supporting XLH x-Linked Hypophosphatemia Rickets Drug Approval at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, which received $3,000.
- Meals on Wheels Sudbury, which received $10,000
- Maison McCulloch Hospice, which received $10,000
- The Canadian Cancer Society, which received $10,000 for Breast Cancer Tumour Research by Dr. Marco Marra in B.C. and was matched by the Canadian Cancer Society for a total of $20,000.
- The Northern Cancer Foundation received $40,000, half of which will go towards local breast cancer research at HSNRI and the remaining half to the Health Sciences North Breast Screening and Assessment Service.
For more information or to make a donation to the Janis Foligno Foundation, visit janisfolignofoundation.com.