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Esks benefit dinner to aid cancer research

<p>The women behind the Edmonton Eskimos are offering to take you to dinner in memory of their former colleague.</p>




The women behind the Edmonton Eskimos are offering to take you to dinner in memory of their former colleague.





The team lost Pam Monastyrky, a longtime Eskimo staff member, to ovarian cancer years ago, and have decided to throw a women’s dinner in her memory, said event organizer Joan Forge.





Proceeds from the event will go towards cancer research at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, she said.





“Pam was a very vibrant, lively kind of person and very involved in the community,” Forge told Metro yesterday. “She loved to organize events and she was a true green and gold Edmonton Eskimo.”





Football fans will be treated to a full-course meal at Commonwealth Stadium and enjoy a tour of the dressing room where they can have their photo taken in Eskimo gear.





The cause is especially important because someone is diagnosed with ovarian cancer every three and a half hours — roughly the time it takes to play a football game, she said.





“Ovarian cancer … is one vital area of research that will take place at this new hospital,” said Lynn Mandel, board member for the Lois Hole Hospital for Women. “I hope that the community will come out to support the fight against ovarian cancer.”





Organizers are hoping to sell 400 tickets and raise over $25,000 to dedicate a room in the new hospital in memory of their former colleague. Tickets are $125 for the Sept. 27 event, and can be purchased by calling 448-ESKS.




steve.lillebuen@metronews.ca

 
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