This year the charity of choice is something near and dear to the Windsor Corporate Challenge committee. In early 2021, one of our Event Chairs Ashley was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 37.
Ashley has been part of the Windsor Corporate Challenge committee for the past 6 years and serves as the event chair. She plays a vital role in making the Windsor Corporate Challenge a reality every year. In January of 2021, Ashley was diagnosed with Stage 2, Triple Negative Breast Cancer after discovering a lump herself. This was a total shock to the mother and wife who has no family history or genetic predisposition. Treatment began quickly and included eight rounds of chemotherapy, a five-day hospital stay for an infection, a lumpectomy which was followed by 30 rounds of radiation and six rounds of chemo pills. All in all, 13 months of active treatment was completed while Ashley continued to work and support Windsor Corporate Challenge 2022.
This year we have decided to partner with the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation in honour of Ashley and all those effected by a cancer diagnose in Windsor-Essex County.
2021 – Youth Wellness Hub
The Windsor Corporate Challenge was proud to support Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Foundation and CMHA Windsor-Essex County during the 2021 event. All net funds raised by the Windsor Corporate Challenge directly funded Windsor’s First Youth Wellness Hub. The Youth Wellness Hub provides health care and social services under one roof, making it easier for young people with mental illnesses and addictions to find help and support. The Youth Wellness Hub delivers free, respectful, non-judgmental, and strength-based services in a youth-friendly space. Learn more about the Youth Wellness Hub, click here.
2018, 2019 – Fight Like Mason Foundation
The Windsor Corporate Challenge was proud to support the Fight Like Mason Foundation during the 2018 and 2019 events. All net funds raised by the Windsor Corporate Challenge directly funded Mason’s Power Poles and their Super Soldier and SuperBuddies programs. Additionally, the Fight Like Mason Foundation provides funding for research programs which focus on newly developed treatment techniques and drug targets specifically for childhood rhabdomyosarcoma. Learn more about this wonderful organization by clicking here.
2017 – House of Sophrosyne
The Windsor Corporate Challenge was proud to support the House of Sophrosyne and their new building with the 2017 event. All net funds raised by the Windsor Corporate Challenge directly funded the Family Bedroom and Child Care Room in our Building for Recovery Capital Campaign. These rooms will allow women to seek the treatment they need while caring for their children. Learn more about this wonderful organization by clicking here.
2016 – Ronald McDonald House of Windsor
The Fifth Annual Windsor Corporate Challenge supported the Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario. Over 50 businesses took part in a one-day “FUNraiser” to support the Ronald McDonald House Windsor! Our teams raised $118,940.38! Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario is a growing chapter that continues to expand its services in order to help more families with seriously ill children. The three core programs – RMH London, RMH Windsor and the Ronald McDonald Family Room – each keep families close to their seriously ill child’s medical care when it matters most. Learn more about Ronald McDonald House Windsor here.
2012-2015 – Sunshine Foundation
From 2012-2015, all net funds donated to The Windsor Corporate Challenge were donated to the Sunshine Foundation. The total amount of donations over the first 4 years of our event were over $449,000! The Sunshine Foundation was established in 1987 by a London, Ontario police officer as a legacy to his son who passed away from muscular dystrophy. He wanted children like his son to be able to live their dreams. In October of that year, the first Sunshine DreamLift flew 203 children from London to Walt Disney World® in Florida.