Now in its 3rd year, Illuminight aims to bring together all members of the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre community for “a walk to shine a light on cancer” in an effort to raise funds for the Cancer Program.

For 2020, Illuminight is reimagined as a virtual event, inviting supporters to take part in a twilight walk in their own communities and with their own social bubbles.

While we encourage participants to walk on October 2, this is a virtual event and you can plan your llluminight walk for any evening until October 12 at your leisure. We hope you will share photos from your walk on social media by using #illuminightwalk


Quick Facts

When: Friday, October 2 (or anytime at your leisure before October 12)

Where: Your own community

What: Participants take part in a twilight walk in their own communities and with their own “social bubbles.” Participants are encouraged to light their walks in creative ways.

What else: Participants are asked to decorate, display and share on social media, a pumpkin for the entire month of October. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or uniquely decorated to honour a cancer patient or to symbolize their inspiration for supporting Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.

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Registration Fees & Swag Bags

The registration fee is $25. All paid participants receive a value-filled Illuminight swag bag. Your swag bag items include:

  • Reusable facemask
  • Hand sanitizer
  • A pair of socks
  • Glow bracelets
  • Package of hot chocolate
  • Valuables pouch
  • Free Crazy bread voucher from Little Caesars
  • Tote bag

Swag bag pick-up times are planned for:
Tuesday, September 29, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Outside, near the main entrance of Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre - 325 Wellington St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 0A4

Parking: You may park onsite in the (free) short-term parking lot.

Please: Wear a mask while picking up your race kit and be mindful of keeping a 2-meter space between yourself and others.

Yes! You can pick up swag bags for friends and families members on their behalf.

HHS Staff Only: On Wednesday, September 30, Foundation staff will also distribute swag bags from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation office. As access to the hospital sites remains restricted – only HHS staff may pick-up their bags at the Foundation office.

We encourage you to make your donations online; however, if you have cash donations, please bring them with you to the race kit pick-up.


All participants are encouraged to fundraise. Once registered you’ll have access to a personalized participant centre where you can send emails to request support, view your progress and send thank-you emails. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers (see below).

Collecting offline donations? Download the 2020 Illuminight Pledge Sheet.

Your Dollars At Work

You can make a difference for patients and families affected by cancer. Funds raised through Illuminight will support the highest priority needs of the Cancer Program at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre. When you fundraise for Illuminight you are helping us purchase the best equipment and offer the specialized care our cancer patients need and deserve. Visit our website for more information about The Foundation and how you can make a vital difference for patients.

Since 2018 more than $325,000 has been raised through Illuminight to support the Cancer Program at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre. These funds have supported enhancements of RESSCU- a specialized urgent care program for cancer patients and enabled the addition of a mental health program, including the development of appropriate therapeutic spaces to support private and family counselling, and group therapy.


Prizes for the top 3 individual fundraisers - click here for more details.


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Event Waiver

All participants of Illuminight agree to maintain safety measures and follow health advisories and regulations as imposed in their jurisdictions. Furthermore, participation is voluntary. As such, participants RELEASE, WAIVE AND FOREVER DISCHARGE Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation and Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation OF AND FROM ALL claims and liabilities.