Mike Foligno still finds notes around the house left by his wife, Janis, who died three years ago from cancer.
The notes were to remind her husband and four children to "do things for others, to always think about other people," Foligno said Friday at a news conference held by the foundation established in Janis's name.
That spirit of giving and caring lives on in the foundation, which was formed to honour the legacy of the woman who touched many lives while largely remaining out of the spotlight.
Janis Foligno exemplified service above self.
She had a giving and caring spirit, that will forever be remembered through the Janis Foligno Foundation.
On June 27, the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers will be honouring her and her legacy by presenting her foundation with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
In what amounts to the club's largest single donation to date, the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers made a $117,000 contribution to the Janis Foligno Foundation (JFF) on July 31.
Update: The total amount raised by the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers at the Janis Foligno event totaled over $133,000.
Given that cancer took his wife's life, former Sudbury Wolves coach Mike Foligno said he wants to do whatever he can to find a cure for the disease.
After Janis Foligno passed away in 2009, her family set up the Janis Foligno Foundation in her memory, and has now donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to causes she supported.
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The support for the Janis Foligno Foundation continues to grow across the community.
Janis Foligno passed away in July 2009 after a five-year battle with breast cancer. The foundation was created shortly thereafter as a way of continuing the efforts she put into championing research for the disease.
Earlier this week, the foundation received a $10,071 donation from the Walden, Rayside Balfour, Espanola and Onaping Minor Hockey Association at a press conference held at Pat and Mario's Restaurant on Lasalle Boulevard.
P&M’s Kouzzina owner Leslie Moutsatsos said she’s received a variety of responses to the restaurant’s annual summer breast cancer fundraiser, Boobies, Burgers and Beer.
While some people have told her they love the name, others have been offended. The origins of the name are innocent enough, though — burgers and beer go along with summer, and “boobies” refers to breast cancer, she said.
A group of NHL players from Sudbury were in town July 3 to lend their support to the fight against pediatric cancer.
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno represented his team’s Hats for Heroes Campaign.
Foligno’s past teammate Derek MacKenzie, of the Florida Panthers, his younger brother Marcus Foligno, of the Buffalo Sabres, Andrew Desjardins, of the San Jose Sharks, and Zack Stortini, of the AHL’s Norfolk Generals, joined him for a visit to Health Sciences North’s pediatric oncology unit.
On June 7, CrossFit Sudbury hosted its second annual Battle Beyond the Barbell. The event involved a CrossFit competition that required teams of four to participate in a series of tasks. Those tasks were chosen carefully to require mental and physical strength, sound strategy and teamwork.
In an attempt to reflect the support network that gathers around a sick friend, competitors were required to support each other throughout.
While it was a nippy -20 Celsius Monday afternoon, the 5th Ali and Nico's Hot Chocolate Stand and Road Hockey Charity Event in Lively still scored a net full of goals in the fight against cancer.
Ali and Nico Nadeau, who live on Chinaberry Drive, had some 60 people come out to play road hockey, enjoy some hot chocolate donated by the Lively Tim Hortons, and donate to the Janis Foligno Foundation.
A local group of fitness enthusiasts from CrossFit Sudbury will be raising the bar, literally, with a fundraising event on June 1 called Battle Beyond the Barbell in support of the Janis Foligno Foundation, according to a news release.
“We are holding this event for two reasons,” said CrossFit Sudbury owner, Dr. Adam Ball. “We want to promote physical fitness as a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but we also want to make a difference in the community by raising funds for a cause that is close to our hearts and to many in Greater Sudbury who have been affected by cancer.”
JANIS FOLIGNO FOUNDATION TARGETS CANCER RESEARCH
By: Arron Pickard - Sudbury Northern Life| Oct 05, 2015 - 3:06 PM
Family hands out $110K to six different organizations
A $110,000 contribution from the Janis Foligno Foundation is a step in the direction toward finding a cure for cancer, said Mike Foligno.
The funds were split among six organizations, with $40,000 going to the Canadian Cancer Society and $25,000 to the Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada. Funds also went to the House of Kin, Maison Vale Hospice, Meals on Wheels and NEO Kids.
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The Janis Foligno Foundation is a registered Canadian Charity. Our registration number is:
82501 9854 RR0001
Since the Janis Foligno Foundation was launched in 2009, the JFF has contributed over $400,000 to organizations and individuals focused on the eradication of cancer.
Each year over 24,000 men and women are diagnosed with breast cancer.