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CFL Alumni and big hearted Joe Eppele joins Pancreatic
Cancer Canada Foundation’s (PCCF) ambassador team. Joe was drafted first round,
second overall, by the Toronto Argonauts in 2010 where he played for four years
until going to the Ottawa Redblacks for a year in an expansion draft. Ending
his CFL career, Joe returned to Toronto for a day to retire as an Argo.
tackling the CFL Joe competed internationally on Team Canada Track & Field
in shot, hammer and disc and he attended Washington State University on a full
athletic scholarship where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in
Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. Joe went on to get his MBA
from DeGroote Business School, graduating in 2016.
As head trainer and owner of Royal Windsor Fitness Club, Joe
encourages people to have fun with fitness through different classes such as
yoga with kangaroos and bunnies. Outside the gym, Joe is busy being a Lululemon
and American Tall ambassador, Beyond Yourself supplements sales representative
and sponsored athlete, and Kids Help Phone celebrity spokesperson. In his spare
time, Joe works closely with a wide range of charities from World Wildlife
Fund, Argos Huddle Up, Big Joes Little Giants and Wellspring.
As the primary care giver to his father during his brief
battle with brain cancer, Joe understands the impact that fast acting cancers
have on patients and those they love. “After loosing my father to brain cancer in 2014 I became all too
familiar with the devastation cancer can cause. I am honoured to help spread
awareness for such a devastating illness, especially after learning that
pancreatic cancer is the second most deadly cancer, with a survival rate of
only 2%” – Joe Eppele
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Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation (PCCF) is very excited
to be working with CFL Alumni and entrepreneur Jason Pottinger. Jason played nine seasons in the CFL during which time he
won two Grey Cup Championships. He played three seasons with the British
Columbia Lions, 5 seasons with the Toronto Argonauts, and his final season with
the Ottawa Redblacks.
Jason has balanced his passion for football with his passion for business by completing his undergraduate at McMaster Univeristy with a double major in economics and geography, after which he earned his MBA at York
University’s Schulich School of Business, with a specialization in
international business and marketing. Jason is a seasoned investor and has
built several successful businesses in the Toronto market, including a real
estate investment firm. Currently, he is the Director of Technology Acquisition
for Academic Technology Ventures, Inc., a technology commercialization
organization based in Tampa, Florida.
“I was troubled to learn about the extremely low survival rates of
pancreatic cancer. Additionally, I could not understand why such little
attention and research funding has been dedicated to combat the disease. I am
excited about the opportunity to work with the Pancreatic Cancer Canada
Foundation to help generate the attention that pancreatic cancer needs and
deserves. There are lives on the line and I believe with the right support PCCF
can make a big impact” – Jason Pottinger
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Samuel Pedlow completed his Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT) in
the University of Western Ontario. Prior to this he received a Bachelor of
Physical Education (BPHED) and Bachelor of Science Honors in Biology (BScH)
from Queens University.
He is currently a member of the Canadian National
Beach Volleyball team and is ranked in the top 20 in the world. Having
missed the Rio Olympics by only two points his sights are not set on
representing Canada in the 2020 Olympic Games.
When Sam is not traveling the world for competition you can find
him working as a Registered Physiotherapist at Athletes Care Sports Medicine.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his Fiance Rebecca and cat
“Cancer has been a disease that has affected my immediate
family throughout my entire life, my mother is a two-time cancer survivor. I am
extremely excited to partner with Pancreatic Cancer Canada to bring awareness
to a disease that needs to be brought to the attention of all Canadians. Increased
awareness will bring about increase survival rates, and I hope I can contribute
to this, even if just in a small way through my involvement” – Samuel Pedlow