On June 13, 2013, Slavens & Associates hosted Slavens Gives Back IV, a wonderful evening of entertainment at The Burroughes in downtown Toronto. With the support of their clients, friends and participating companies from across the city, the salespeople and brokers at Slavens have raised more than $75,000 for the Breast Diagnostic Centre (BDC) at North York General since launching the event in 2009.
The event Chairs, Darren Slavens and Richard Sherman, decided to create Slavens Gives Back several years ago as a way of thanking their clients while supporting care for breast cancer, a disease that had impacted mothers, sisters, daughters and friends of their staff members.
"We work in a very collaborative manner, so when people close to us were hurting, it was natural to respond," explains Darren Slavens, Vice-President.
Led by staff members Liz Garcia and Donna Taylor, the Slavens team has planned and hosted four events as client appreciation cocktail parties that doubled as fundraisers for breast cancer care at North York General.
Slavens & Associates, a successful boutique-style Real Estate Brokerage, has a long-standing history of generously responding to community needs. “It’s a great thing to raise money for a charity,” says Richard Sherman, Broker of Record. “This is our way of giving back to our clients and inspiring them to donate to North York General. We knew we could make a difference here.”
Richard is not only a corporate supporter of NYGH, but also a neighbour and part of a family that has benefited greatly from having a world-class health care institution right in our community. All three of his children were born at our Hospital, and his mother was treated for breast cancer at the BDC. “She’s a survivor,” he says, sharing that his mother’s lumpectomy took place within 10 days of her diagnosis. “Everybody at NYGH was very, very compassionate.”
Darren too has been touched by cancer in a personal way, undergoing treatment himself in his early 20s along with one of his closest friends having been diagnosed. “This is just something that’s very near and dear to our hearts,” he says.
North York General is a leader in breast cancer care and diagnostic imaging. Through the generosity of supporters like Slavens & Associates, the Breast Diagnostic Centre offers a warm, caring environment with patient- and family-focused care in mind.
Anna Tupis, Director of the Cancer Care Program at NYGH, spoke at the Slavens Gives Back event to thank the team for their contributions. “On behalf of our Hospital, our patients and staff, I would like to express our immense appreciation to Darren Slavens and Richard Sherman and the entire event planning committee. Events like this could not happen without the dedication of such generous friends,” she said. “Thanks in large part to donor support, the BDC will continue to provide women with patient-focused care under the leadership of a multi-disciplinary team of skilled health care professionals.”
The BDC provides comprehensive services for 1,500 women each year using advanced medical imaging equipment, including 3D digital mammography machines featuring tomosynthesis technology. Digital mammography is the latest innovation in breast cancer screening and diagnosis, improving the chances for early detection and allowing for fewer unnecessary biopsies, fewer recalls and faster, more accurate diagnoses.