The Wendy Bear Patient Assistance Program is named in memory of the wife of hockey legend Darryl Sittler, a long-time supporter of our charity. Wendy was instrumental in assisting with raising awareness and funds for Colon Cancer Canada before her passing in 2002. She wanted to ensure that anyone diagnosed with colorectal cancer would have the necessary supports to help them manage their life with this disease. It is in her memory that the Wendy Bear was created with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the bear going directly to support palliative care patients in need.


All colorectal cancer patients residing in Canada who are experiencing financial hardship due to the disease are eligible to access this program. Financial assistance is awarded on a calendar year basis to patients that are deemed to be in financial need and meet our income qualification guidelines.

Patients must supply:

  1. A copy of their previous year tax return
  2. Spouse/partner’s previous year tax return
  3. A letter stating:
    • all other support funding amounts received by patient, or expected to be received by patient during that calendar year - the financial situation of the patient
    • All receipts corresponding with the request

Patients may reapply for support as often as it is needed but Colorectal Cancer Canada reserves the right to decline additional funding to a patient if the additional funding will bring the total support over the calendar year maximum of $1,500 per patient.

Each application for assistance is reviewed by the board taking into consideration income level, the number of household dependents and current out-of-pocket medical and day to day expenses.