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Supporting Cancer Research and Support Programs

Since its inception in 1997, the Gentle Ben Charity Challenge has raised over $1.6 million, all of which has gone to support several cancer research and support programs, with recent emphasis on supporting the ground breaking efforts of the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, based in Toronto.

The GBCC was named in honour of our father, Ben Pearl. We continue to celebrate his memory by raising funds to help battle the disease that took his life at an all too early age.

The real success story of the GBCC lies in the combined efforts of hundreds of loyal participants who have acted as “fundraising missionaries” on behalf of the GBCC over the past 24 years. Without them, the GBCC would not be what it is today.

Thanks to all for your continued support!

Michael and Steven Pearl


We are delighted to be working with UHN Foundation at University Health Network. University Health Network consists of Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute of Education. The scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network has made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, genomic medicine and rehabilitation medicine. University Health Network is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation



For more information about the Gentle Ben Charity Challenge or to register for the event, please contact:

Steven Pearl • 416 894-2873 •
Michael Pearl • 647-291-1047 •