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Reception at Sunnybrook Hospital recognizes WaveCheck’s inventors, contributing artists and the three women featured in the campaign video

The WaveCheck Indiegogo campaign continues to generate wide support from MaRS Innovation’s community. To give back and show their appreciation, the campaign team hosted a reception at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in the Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Centre on November 6, 2013.

From left, WaveCheck campaign co-director Elizabeth Monier-Williams contributing artist Janet F. Potter, WaveCheck supporter Carmen Tellez O’Mahony, contributing artist Deniz Ergun Seker, WAAC President Dale Butterill and contributing artist Lila Miller.
WaveCheck’s appreciation event was held at The Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Present were several members of the Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC) who donated 11 of the 15 artworks to the campaign. Also present was Dale Butterill, president of WAAC, who expressed support during her opening remarks. Together with members of WAAC, contributing artists donated over $15,000 worth of art to the campaign.

Donated artwork on display, from left, “What Breast Cancer Looks Like” from Corrine Beaumont of, “October” by Ann Bald-Bloom, “Morning Lilly” and “Spring Glory” by Lila Miller.
Donated artwork on display, from left, “The Sound of a Sea” by Valentina Hotz and “All is Revealed” by Claire Sinclair.

Among those to speak were also Dr. Gregory Czarnota and Professor Michael C. Kolios, inventors of WaveCheck’s innovative breast cancer screening technology; Michael Julius, vice-president research, Sunnybrook Research Institute and Joel Liederman, vice-president of physical sciences and ICT at MaRS Innovation.

From left, Professor Michael C. Kolios (WaveCheck co-inventor), Fazila Seker (WaveCheck campaign co-director), Dr. Greg Czarnota (WaveCheck co-inventor) and Elizabeth Monier-Williams (WaveCheck campaign co-director).

The event celebrated WaveCheck’s Indiegogo campaign making the Globe and Mail‘s Report on Business Top Ten list of all campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, two leading crowdfunding platforms, during the month of October. WaveCheck was the only featured campaign raising money to fund medical research. WaveCheck was also featured in Crowdfund Insider, a leading resource for crowdfunding news and coverage of top campaigns.

The WaveCheck campaign team would also like to thank Doug and the whole staff at Mercatto for generously donating all of the food and drinks for the event.

WaveCheck inventors Professor Michael C. Kolios and Dr. Greg Czarnota pictured with Deniz Ergun Seker and her painting “Don’t Go Back to Sleep,” which she created and donated to the WaveCheck Indiegogo campaign. The painting’s vibrant red and yellow colour reflect ultrasound images generated from WaveCheck ultrasound results and include actual notebook pages from Prof. Kolios outlining WaveCheck’s discovery.
Contributing artist and WAAC member Lila Miller pictured here with “Morning Lilly,” one of two paintings she donated to the WaveCheck Indiegogo campaign.

The WaveCheck Indiegogo campaign has raised over $43,000, with 17 days left to reach the $96,987 goal.

The campaign team will be hosting a bake sale and raffle on Monday, November 18 at the entrance of the TMDT lobby to help meet the campaign goal and launch the first study site in January 2014.

Posted by Kailee Travis, writer and communications assistant.  

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