About Us

Who We Are


Bunnie Schwartz’s sister Maureen was only 46 when she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. No one close to Maureen, not Bunnie, nor any one of her family or friends had any knowledge of this silent, but deadly, disease. They were also unsure of where or who to turn to for support.

After Maureen’s death in 1996, Bunnie and Maureen’s daughter Amy Lerman-Elmaleh, along with Christine Pineau-Burke recognized the need for an organization that could provide information as well as family and patient support that would also serve as a viable fundraising platform. Colon Cancer Canada was established in 1996 as a small but feisty organization dedicated to increasing awareness and raising money for colon cancer.

Tragically, a few years later, Bunnie’s own husband Howard, then 39, was diagnosed with stage three, colorectal cancer. Bunnie again witnessed the pain this disease inflicts on its patients and experienced first hand the impact it has on family members. Howard’s death further deepened her personal motivation and commitment to this cause.

What started as a grass roots organization with a driven team of two steadily gained momentum and support. Today, Colon Cancer Canada (CCC) boasts a strong base of hundreds of committed volunteers throughout Canada, and the Colon Cancer Canada Advisory Board is comprised of respected colorectal cancer medical experts and patients.

What We Do

Colon Cancer Canada’s Mandate was broadened to include activities that would make a difference in the field of colorectal cancer, such as fundraising to support research initiatives, campaigns to increase public awareness and networks to provide education and patient support.

Colon Cancer Canada has and is making a significant impact on this disease by financially aiding research efforts to find a cure and by offering a support network for both patients and families. The over $8 million raised to date has been instrumental in establishing fellowships and research chairs, financing hospital equipment, providing financial support to patient support services and increasing awareness about the necessity of early screening.

CCC believes that through the promotion of early screening and detection, colon cancer can be cured.

Our Mission


Colon Cancer Canada is a national organization dedicated to saving lives through increasing public awareness of colorectal cancer and access to screening, funding research initiatives, and providing colorectal cancer patient support.