Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Free Wills promotion in and around St. John’s, Newfoundland has now closed. Thank-you to everyone who took an interest in the promotion and who used the service to write or update their Will.

The Canadian Cancer Society funds Free Wills campaigns because it remains highly dependent on gifts in Wills to maintain its services. There is no obligation to include a gift to the Canadian Cancer Society, but plainly the Society couldn’t justify or maintain the promotion unless people took the opportunity to fight cancer with a gift in their Will. The campaigns pay for simple Wills; but even where your needs require a more complicated Will, the simple element remains free. Please check this page from time to time – there will be more Free Wills promotions and they will be announced here first.

Every hour of every day, an average of 24 Canadians will be diagnosed with some type of cancer, and 9 people will die from the disease. 

We hope you take advantage of this chance to consult with an experienced lawyer to create or review your estate planning objectives – and that once you have taken care of your family and friends, you will decide to leave a gift to the Canadian Cancer Society. Not only does having an up to date Will give you peace of mind, it also makes things easier for your loved ones at a difficult time for them.

Ken Dunagvell is a three-times cancer survivor and as a practising lawyer has take part in several Free Wills promotions with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Almost all of us have been affected by cancer either personally or indirectly through someone we know. The disease leaves a mark on our lives. Many Canadians have left gifts in their wills to fund research into cancer and its treatment. We offer support and information for people with cancer and their family, friends and caregivers.

Daffodil Place is a 24-room facility in St. John’s, for people with cancer and their caregivers who must travel to St. John’s to receive cancer care. Daffodil Place offers many of the comforts of home including three hot meals per day plus snacks and transportation to and from cancer-related appointments and treatments. Over 5200 people have stayed at Daffodil Place since it opened in 2009.

Our Cancer Information Service provides answers to questions about all types of cancer, diagnostic tests, treatments, side effects, clinical trials and many other cancer-related topics. Our Peer Support Service connects people living with cancer and caregivers with trained volunteers who offer encouragement and share ideas for coping – all from their unique perspective as someone who’s been there. Please visit for much more information.

Barbara Garvin’s footprint

As well as being a Cancer Society volunteer, I’ve also been a donor for many years now. A few years ago, I deepened my support even further. I decided to include the Canadian Cancer Society as a beneficiary in my will. Now I know that I will help someone with cancer even after I’m gone. It’s a footprint I want to leave behind me.”

Barbara Garvin – volunteer, donor and legacy pledger

 Lawyers taking part in Free Wills Month will be listed here.


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