It is an important founding philosophy of Fokis Services to give back to the community at large whether it be through volunteering, donations, or actively participating in a cause that is close to our hearts. Here are a couple that are important to us:
Pancreatic Cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in Canada and most people who develop pancreatic cancer do so without any predisposing risk factors. Unfortunately, most pancreatic cancer tumors are found after the cancer has grown beyond the pancreas or has metastasized to other places. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, an estimated 4,600 new cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed in 2013. Despite significant advancements in the treatments of other cancers, pancreatic cancer remains largely incurable. The majority of cases aren’t caught in the early stages when the tumor is most treatable. As a result, only about 6 percent of patients live at least five years after diagnosis and pancreatic cancer remains the only one of the top ten cancers with a five year survival rate still in the single digits.
For these reasons, Fokis Services is making a committed effort to help cure Pancreatic Cancer. We are a proud supporter of 7 Days In May, the first major cycling event to raise awareness and funds for Pancreatic Cancer in Canada. More information on 7 Days In May is provided on the right of this panel. Please join us and let’s work together to cure this deadly disease.
We are Canadian! And what’s more Canadian than hockey? The foundation of hockey in Canada is the minor hockey system. At Fokis Services, we take our hockey seriously and are active in coaching, volunteer hours, mentoring, and actively cheering on the players (Yes, Jeff and Gord still strap on the skates and play the game too). This year we added a little team sponsorship on top of volunteerism.
But there is no substitute for personal time contribution. Funds can only go so far, and sometime it’s rolling up the sleeves, strapping on the bike helmet or lacing up the skates that gets the job done. Here, one of the local Special Needs kids (Matthew) is doing a great job teaching Jeff how to stay steady on his skates. Fokis Services, The Don Mills Civitan, Don Mills Collegiate and some of the city’s finest at 33 Division all enjoyed meeting this very special and extremely fun group in an ongoing commitment to get these kids playing Hockey.