Alberta Cancer Foundation

Couple give wedded gifts

When Melissa Mercer married the love of her life, Cory, two years ago she just knew she wanted to do it differently. And anyone who knows her well would probably expect as much.

That’s why the Provost teacher decided to forgo the traditional parting favours for her guests and donate the money to the Alberta Cancer Foundation benefitting the Cross Cancer Institute instead.

“She and her husband, their family members had both recently been touched with cancer. They just thought, ‘wedding favours are not as meaningful, but a gift from our guests on behalf of this great cause would be,’ ” says Lindsay Gilbert, manager of stewardship with the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

Gilbert says the Alberta Cancer Foundation would like to remind people, with weddings and other special occasions coming up this summer, it is possible to donate to cancer research like Mercer did. In return, brides and grooms can net wedding web pages or place cards at their nuptials alerting guests that they have chosen to donate some of their wedding money this way. Click here for more details about donating from your occasion via the Alberta Cancer Foundation.