Fertile Future is a national charity that aspires to ensure every young Canadian diagnosed with cancer will have the opportunity and means to have a child.
Each year, an estimated 10,000 young Canadians face a cancer diagnosis. Approximately 8,000 of them will win this battle. Without knowing the importance of fertility preservation (FP) prior to their treatment, many are left infertile with few options.
Presently, cancer patients lack the information, resources and services they need to improve their chances of having a child following treatment. More than two thirds of Ontario physicians and oncology specialists report having never referred a female patient for a consultation about their fertility options and many remain unaware that crucial pre-treatment educational information is available.
Fertile Future works with patients and the medical community promoting greater awareness of fertility treatment options. We raise funds to help subsidize the costs of fertility preservation for young men and women and we advocate for public funding on behalf of cancer patients who may otherwise be denied the dream of having a family due to the high costs of fertility preservation.
Fertile Future also directly assists cancer patients through the Power of Hope: Cost Reduction Program. Since its inception in December 2010, the program has financially assisted over 266 young patients and has partnered with 20 fertility clinics across Canada including new clinics in British Columbia and Nova Scotia.
In our sixth year of operation, some of our milestones include:
It’s our great pleasure to officially announce that Hope Live will return to the Great Canadian Theatre Company on Monday, October 27, 2014.
Once again, the first faces you will see welcoming our guests are those of our strongest supporters and original partners. Ottawa’s premier restaurateur Stephen Beckta and renowned Chef Michael Moffatt are back for another year to provide amazing hospitality and first rate cuisine, anchoring the evening’s schmooze. Canada’s funniest satirist Rick Mercer is back by popular demand. For the sixth consecutive year, he has amazingly lent his time and talent to the cause as show host – no doubt offering a healthy dose of timely humour.
Our feature performer will be Alanis Morissette – Intimate & Acoustic. As a recording artist, Alanis has released a series of groundbreaking albums selling more than 60 million copies worldwide while winning 16 Juno Awards and 7 Grammys. "Ironic," "You Oughta Know," "Hand in My Pocket," "Head Over Feet," "You Learn" and "Thank You" are just a few of the hits from this internationally renowned alternative singer songwriter.
Funds raised by Hope Live will be used to support Fertile Future, a national charitable foundation continuing their tireless work to enrich the lives of young people diagnosed with cancer by promoting awareness and understanding of fertility preservation and survivor issues. The organization educates health care practitioners on the importance of providing timely information on fertility preservation options and long-term health care issues associated with cancer treatment.
Fertile Future has also established the Power of Hope Program, a financial aid vehicle making fertility preservation services more accessible to cancer patients. I am extremely proud to report that Hope Live contributions built the foundation of this fund which has now assisted over 260 young patients.
This event brings together the nation’s political, business, and media communities in a living room like setting for a night unlike any other in Ottawa.
Your participation honours every person who has ever been touched by cancer.
Please join me in supporting Hope Live 2014.
Newfoundland born Rick Mercer is a Gemini-winning television actor and best selling author who chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country.
His top-rated CBC show, The Rick Mercer Report features his trademark rants, hilarious fake newscasts, commercial parodies, and comic encounters with famous Canadians. On full display is his understanding of what delights, and occasionally enrages us about our politicians, our media, our neighbours to the south, our unique pop culture, and our place in the world.
Together, Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Michael Moffatt have brought you some of the most compelling Ottawa restaurants: Beckta dining & wine, Play food & wine and the anxiously-awaited Gezellig. This dynamic duo has raised the bar immeasurably on fine dining in the nation's capital.
On October 27th, they will harness their exceptional talents to create a unique culinary experience that transcends typical event catering. Beckta's team will lead you through an interactive tasting menu of exceptional ingredients served in multiple formats before the main event. They will welcome you back for an encore with an array of delightful desserts after the show, all paired with extraordinary wines alongside.
"Ironic," "You Oughta Know," "Hand in My Pocket," "Head Over Feet," "You Learn" and "Thank You" are just a few of the hits from this alternative singer songwriter. As a recording artist, Alanis Morissette has released a series of groundbreaking albums that have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. She will perform a 75 minute acoustic set of your favourites with a trio of musicians in Hope Live's living room like setting.
Great Canadian Theatre Company
1233 Wellington Street West
Monday, October 27, 2014
Food & Friends 6:30 pm
Showtime 8:00 pm
Nightcap 10:00 pm
Intimate and Acoustic
Hosted by Rick Mercer
Special Guest Seamus O'Regan
Tasting Menus & Wine Pairings Stephen Beckta
Chef Michael Moffatt
Beckta, Play & Gezellig Restaurants