Today marks World Cancer Day.

Pink Pearl Canada provides support for young womxn that have received a cancer diagnosis, conceived by ovarian cancer survivor Elise Gasbarrino. While undergoing cancer treatment in her early twenties, Elise felt certain elements were missing from her experience, including a way to connect with women her age facing the same issues and a means for them to conquer their cancer together. Since its inception, the organization has touched the lives of more than 2,500 young women with cancer across Canada.

Host Elise Gasbarrino with her family

Pink Pearl will host its annual fundraising event, Black & White with a Touch of Pink, virtually on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. in support of young women facing cancer. Event registration is $45 per person (tax receipts are available). Tickets can be purchased here.

Black & White with a Touch of Pink is designed to create a network of support, raise funds and spread awareness about the innovative programs for young women facing cancer delivered by Pink Pearl Canada. This year marks the organization’s fifteenth Black & White event, as well as Pink Pearl‘s second live virtual event.

This year’s virtual Black & White – from home

Hosted by Natalie Preddie, award-winning travel and lifestyle writer, speaker and on air personality. When asked about why she choice to take part in the event, Natalie had the following to say:

“Being a young woman is tough: mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually. The thought of adding a cancer diagnosis to that load feels unfathomable. I’ve seen family and friends as caregivers, doctors and patients, all battling through cancer and the many life changing side effects that it brings. I just watched a close friend care for her sister in the final year of her fight against breast cancer and it felt so overwhelming, scary and hopeless. I wanted to help, to fix things, and I couldn’t: It’s an awful feeling. All I could do was be there. Pink Pearl is a charity that provides support at one of the scariest times of a young woman’s life. That’s a type of love that I want to get behind.” 

Natalie Preddie

Guests will enjoy a live cooking demo by Chef Matt Basile, founder of the Toronto-based street food brand Fidel Gastro’s, alongside special guest John Catucci (TBC). To headline the event, Canadian country music singer-songwriter MacKenzie Porter will perform her number one singles from her studio in Nashville, and a Q&A session with interviewer Eva Redpath will cap off the night.

Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to bid on exciting virtual auction items, from a week-long stay at Taboo Muskoka, items from Sephora, Zero Beauty, Kungfu Apothecary, Ajmaan, Empathy, and Quo Beauty. Extras include virtual experiences from Salt to Tree, stylist Tania Tonello, and home decor experts Decorate In Style.

For more details on how to register for the event and how to make a donation, please visit trellis.org/black-white-2021.

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