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Tailoring A Future Free Of Cancer. Grafton Apparel Sets Records In The Fight To End Cancer!

By September 2, 2019January 6th, 2022No Comments

Mangers from the Grafton Apparel family who’s stores raised over $1,000.00 each in the Fight To End Cancer! Photo Credit: Alisia DeMelo

Tailoring A Future Free Of Cancer
Grafton Apparel Sets Records In The Fight To End Cancer!

Grafton Apparel has taken their support for The Fight to End Cancer to the next level, helping us tailor a future free of cancer. We announced that Grafton Apparel would be stepping up as a Presenting Partner in 2019, alongside Landscape Plus Ltd, after contributing as sponsors since 2014.  We are truly humbled to have such incredible partners lending their skills, time and voices to raise funds and awareness nationwide on behalf of The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Grafton Apparel has never been content with doing just enough since its founding in 1853, so their teams and stores have been busy helping create buzz and awareness across Canada.  The Grafton Apparel family have been proud partners of the Fight To End Cancer since 2014 and redefined the fight in ways we could only dream of, in addition to donating their time and formal wear to the fight team. The Grafton teams, including Tip Top TailorsGeorge RichardsMr. Big & Tall Menswear and Kingsport Big and Tall Clothiers, managed to raise $223,369.94 for Fight To End Cancer, this year alone. They have donated nearly $400,000 since launching their ‘Wear Your Support’ Campaign, in 2017.  The ‘Wear Your Support’ Campaign exchanges a Fight To End Cancer tie bar for every donation of $20 or more.
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Grafton Apparel raised $223.269.94 this year alone. Thank you to Lance, David & Nasser & all the Grafton Apparel stores across Canada for their endless support and love in helping us donate over $1.5 million dollars in direct support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
[Photo Description: Left to right; Virgil Barrow, David Wilchuck, Lance Itkoff, Nasser Rifai, Jennifer Huggins, and Derren Hassip (Photo Credit: Alisia DeMelo)]

Stores who raised donations in the amounts of  $3,000+, $2,000, $1,000 were awarded and presented with a plaque for their store and continued efforts and support. Honourable mention to the Burnaby Store in British Columbia for raising nearly $5,000.

Lance Itkoff of Grafton Apparel accepts an award at the 2019 Fight To End Cancer gala at Old Mill Toronto.
[Left to Right: Dillon Carman (Canadian Heavyweight Champion) Alicia Cadeddu (FTEC Ambassador), Lance Itkoff (Grafton Apparel President) and Virgil Barrow (FTEC Head Coach)
Photo Credit: Rebecca Freeman]

We couldn’t be more proud to have Grafton Apparel in our corner as we work towards smashing barriers and reaching new heights for cancer research alongside Fight To End Cancer and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  We are blown away by the dedication and loyalty that they have shown to the cause over the years and look forward to many more years of successful collaboration!

As the leading Canadian seller of men’s apparel, Grafton Apparel Ltd. operates through its retail chains; Tip Top TailorsGeorge RichardsMr. Big & Tall Menswear and Kingsport Big and Tall Clothiers.

The Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) is a year-round initiative carried out by ambassadors, sponsors and volunteers worldwide.  Over $1.5 million dollars has been donated to date since our inaugural year in 2012.  Funds raised by FTEC are donated directly to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  Each year we celebrate the incredible hard work and dedication of our FTEC family with a black-tie charity boxing gala.  This gala showcases ten men and women who represent our Official Fight Team.  Our goal is to raise funds for cancer research year-round with the support of the local community and business owners.  Let’s make a difference now in the fight to end cancer for a long and successful future for everyone.  This is an event like no other and has quickly become one of the most anticipated events in Toronto.

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at University Health Network raises funds for breakthrough research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which now includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute. More information about the Foundation can be found at