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Dreams do come true

Thursday, 6th May 21

Congratulations to the 145 Can Tooers who realised their dreams of completing an ocean swim at the 2021 Sydney Harbour Splash, the 1 and 2km goal event of the Autumn Swim Program. The school of swimmers also excelled in their fundraising efforts to raise $135,000 for cancer research which is more than $30,000 over the original amount pledged.

How you CAN TOO conquer a half marathon

Wednesday, 5th May 21

The first thing to keep in mind when building up to a half marathon distance is to not do it too quickly, says Can Too coach James Constantine.

Bumper weekend of Can Too swims

Friday, 23rd Apr 21

Thank you to the over 60 Can Tooers who conquered the 2021 Balmoral Swim for Cancer and Cooly Classic ocean swims on Sunday to raise over $50,000 for Australian cancer research.

Take on the I Can Too challenge and you ...

Thursday, 22nd Apr 21

Share your Can Too journey to achieve your goal on Instagram and Facebook and you can win.

I Can Too give back at the Blackmores Ru...

Monday, 12th Apr 21

People join and stay with the Can Too Foundation for different reasons, often for the winning combination of the health and fitness benefits, having a goal to strive for, the social aspect and supporting cancer research and prevention. For Can Too Mentor, Jill Chambers who knows what it’s like to have cancer, giving back is the main drawcard.

6 Running Tips From Melinda Gainsford-Ta...

Wednesday, 7th Apr 21

As the mercury dips and temptation to take your foot off the exercise pedal increases, Can Too Ambassador and former Australian Olympic sprinter Melinda Gainsford-Taylor says it’s the ideal opportunity to combine your fitness goal with finding a cure for cancer.

Spotlight on Can Too Hall of Famer Chris...

Tuesday, 30th Mar 21

This is the first in a series of spotlights on our Can Too Hall of Famers. Christine Napier is a cancer researcher that was funded by Can Too and has since become a loyal Can Tooer, Find out more about how Can Too inspires her to discover why cancer cells are immortal and how the Foundation led her to discover her happy place

Share your Hall of Fame achievement with...

Friday, 26th Mar 21

Congratulations on becoming a Can Too Hall of Famer. To share your achievement and support your fundraising you can upload a Can Too Hall of Fame Profile Picture Frame to your Facebook account.

Thank you to our latest Hall of Famers

Thursday, 25th Mar 21

Thank you to our latest inductees into the Can Too Hall of Fame – our most loyal fundraisers for their dedication to cancer research and prevention.

You’re invited to an exclusive lab tou...

Thursday, 4th Mar 21

You’re invited to attend an exclusive Can Too lab tour with cancer researcher and Can Too Ambassador Dr Emmy Fleuren, to learn more about the research that she is undertaking that you’re training hard to fund.

Boost your fundraising with a Can Too Fa...

Thursday, 25th Feb 21

We have an exciting new range of Can Too Facebook profile frames to help you promote your fitness and fundraising with your Facebook friends.

Can Tooers celebrate their love of ocean...

Friday, 19th Feb 21

Congratulations to the approximately 200 Can Too swimmers who conquered the 2021 North Bondi Classic on Sunday, to raise over $408,000 for Australian cancer research.

Julia shares the Can Too love on Valenti...

Thursday, 18th Feb 21

Congratulations to ‘JK Swims 1K’ aka Julia Kostenyuk for winning the final instalment of the Post Your Pics to win competition.

Cancer Researcher dives into Can Too’s...

Thursday, 11th Feb 21

The Can Too funded cancer researcher Dr Emmy Fleuren will be swapping her lab coat for a beach towel as she joins the Can Too Autumn swim Program as a participant and ambassador.

Abbie who swims wins - Post Your Pics co...

Friday, 5th Feb 21

Congratulations to Abbie Williams for winning the inaugural Post Your Pics to win competition. Abbie was chosen from a stellar list of visual storytellers who shared eye-popping content about their Can Too journeys in the 2021 Sydney learn to ocean swim program.

Can Tooers sail home to victory at the 2...

Tuesday, 2nd Feb 21

Congratulations to the 250 Can Too swimmers who conquered the 2021 Big Swim and Little Big Swim at Palm and Whale Beach on Sunday, to raise over $300, 000 for Australian cancer research.

Thank you to our latest Hall of Famers

Thursday, 28th Jan 21

Thank you to our latest inductees into the Can Too Hall of Fame – our most loyal fundraisers for their dedication to cancer research and prevention.

My son’s cancer diagnosis changed my l...

Friday, 22nd Jan 21

Teue Collier started 2021 on a positive note by achieving a bucket list goal to run a marathon. This was in stark contrast to last year when her son, Orson, underwent intensive treatment for Leukaemia, which saw her family virtually moving into a hospital ward.

Cooly Classic swimmer thanks Can Too for...

Wednesday, 20th Jan 21

Before joining Can Too in 2014, Leigh Elliott went through a rough time with the breakup of a long-term relationship, leaving her to bring up her 13-year old on her own. It was a struggle, financially and emotionally. She was diagnosed with depression and was put on anti-depressants, which she was able to later wean herself off and bounce back with Can Too.

Can Tooers shine bright at the Run into ...

Thursday, 14th Jan 21

Thank you to the 85 Run into Summer participants for shining brightly to complete their running goals, from a 10km to a marathon, last weekend. The Can Too programs raised over $50,000 for Australian cancer research.

Updates to Can Too training sessions due...

Friday, 8th Jan 21

Merry Christmas from Can Too

Wednesday, 23rd Dec 20

Thank you for participating, for fundraising and making Can Too such an amazing, supportive and inspiring community to be a part of. We’re wishing you a very safe, happy and restful Christmas.

Can Too’s CEO goes beyond

Thursday, 10th Dec 20

Whilst many people for their 40th birthday organise a party, a special dinner with loved ones or head to the pub, Can Too Foundation CEO, Peter McLean, decided to run a solo marathon in summer and raise money for cancer research.

Can Too triumphs at the GC50

Thursday, 10th Dec 20

Can Too’s Run into Summer – Brisbane participants triumphed on Sunday to complete their goal event the GC50 15km run at the Gold Coast.

Thank you Anne Massey

Friday, 4th Dec 20

Thank you to Can Too Foundation's former Chair, Anne Massey, who stepped down from her role leading the board on Tuesday. Can Too Founder, Annie Crawford expressed her sincere gratitude to outgoing Chair, Anne Massey for her incredible contribution to the Can Too Foundation over 10 years, as a participant, Mentor, Team Captain, Champion, Committee member, Director and finally as Chair.

Can Tooers beat Olympic swimmers and can...

Friday, 4th Dec 20

Beating an Olympic athlete in the pool is only a pipe dream for most swimmers no matter how much they follow the black line. However, for a selection of Can Tooers this fantasy came true this week, at the ‘Monthly Swimmers’ vs Can Too handicapped relay race, on Wednesday evening.

Hall of Fame Honour Board

Friday, 4th Dec 20

Congratulations to our latest crop of Hall of Famers. Welcome to the Hall of Fame Honour Board

Running tip of the week

Thursday, 26th Nov 20

Running Technique tip Run like a ski jumper. Running is a controlled fall. 

Siobhan hits it out of the park

Thursday, 26th Nov 20


Thursday, 19th Nov 20

Yay you’ve done it! Signed up for your first Can Too run! Well done! You’ve got your training plan and some cute new gear but what about all those gels that “runners” talk about? Do you really need them? Developing a strategic nutrition plan is essential for running your best race

Dive in. The water’s fine

Thursday, 19th Nov 20

Can Too’s Learn to Ocean Swim program is going swimmingly with over 380 swimmers taking part. The program is expected to raise around $350,000, which will fund at least three cancer researchers.

Congratulations to our Hall of Famers of...

Friday, 6th Nov 20

Congratulations to our Hall of Famers of the Month

Spotlight on Can Too Coach 'Mean Machine...

Thursday, 29th Oct 20

Learn ocean swim tips from Commonwealth Games dual gold medalist and former Captain of the Australian Swimming team, Matt Renshaw.

Swim programs are now open: it’s time ...

Thursday, 22nd Oct 20

Judy Mort signed up to her first Can Too Learn to Ocean Swim program at Port Macquarie last summer. Everything was going swimmingly until, at the deep end of the program a couple of weeks away from the ocean swim goal event, the program was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. So, when the opportunity came up again to join the Ocean Swim program with Can Too Foundation, she dived in and registered straight away.

The Incredible Casey Kids go Beyond to s...

Friday, 16th Oct 20

Congratulations to the Casey family for blowing their Can Too Beyond program fundraising goal out of the water. The sibling’s target was to raise $10,000 for cancer research by swimming 27km – the length of the Northern Beaches.

Why I love my Campbelltown Pod - my exte...

Thursday, 15th Oct 20

Craig Dwyer found the support he received from Can Too to like being welcomed into a family.

Let's talk about sugary drinks... and ca...

Monday, 12th Oct 20

About half of Australian children drink sugary drinks every day. And, 17% of teenagers consume > 5.2kg of sugar each year from sugary drinks alone. Targeted marketing, widespread availability and discounting are thought to be the drivers of this consumption which can set kids up for a lifetime of health problems.

12 Ways Can Too Boosts My Mental Health.

Friday, 9th Oct 20

Can Too devotee Michelle Nemec shares how she has benefitted from Can Too, especially when times are tough it allows her to defiantly not give in to grief.

How training for an ocean swim with Can ...

Thursday, 24th Sep 20

How training for an ocean swim with Can Too saved my life

I Can Too Because

Tuesday, 22nd Sep 20

Can Too devotee Dr Nisha Sachdev has hiked, swum and run marathons to raise over $16,000 for the Can Too Foundation since February 2018. In 2019 she has climbed to the rooftop of Africa – conquering Mount Kilimanjaro and ran the New York Marathon as well as conquering The Big Swim in January 2020 with Can Too.

You did it – you ran into spring and t...

Monday, 21st Sep 20

Thank you to the over 150 Can Tooers who completed their Run into Spring program. Congratulations on achieving your running goal, from 10 to 21km, raising nearly $108, 000 for cancer research and turning what has been a challenging year to one of pride and achievement.

Casey family to swim the length of North...

Wednesday, 16th Sep 20

The Casey family siblings are diving in to honour their father’s legacy by swimming 27km on 26 September to raise money for the Can Too Foundation to benefit cancer research.

I swim therefore I am

Monday, 14th Sep 20

Can Too participant Lindsay Asquith is now a swimming convert. She overcame her fear of drowning from witnessing the destructive force of the ocean in the 2004 Tsunami.

Congratulations to our Tall Poppy Dr Fer...

Wednesday, 9th Sep 20

Congratulations to Can Too funded researcher, Dr Fernando Fonseca Guimaraes for becoming a Young Tall Poppy Award winner.

Let’s talk about red meat… and cance...

Wednesday, 9th Sep 20

Red meat has been classified as a Group 2A carcinogen - which means it probably causes cancer but the evidence is limited. While red meat is a good source of zinc, B12, iron and protein, you can get the same amounts — and in some cases even more — from poultry, fish, eggs, and nuts, or by following a plant-based diet.

I Can Too conquer the fear of the unknow...

Wednesday, 9th Sep 20

This is my second session in the water, and I’ve made two whole laps – 100 metres – before gasping in the shallow end and preparing to do it again. In fourteen weeks, laughable at this point, I’m going to swim two kilometres in open water

Let’s talk about cancer prevention… ...

Tuesday, 8th Sep 20

Nicotine reaches your brain within 10 seconds of when it enters your body. It causes the brain to release dopamine, and that creates a buzz of pleasure and energy. Repeated exposure also sets up a dependence and withdrawal response in the body. So how many cigarettes are too many? And what about e-cigarettes?

Sydney Ocean Swim 2021-it's happening!

Thursday, 3rd Sep 20

Can Too is excited to announce that a COVID -safe Sydney Ocean Swim program will take place this year.

Celebrating Can Too’s highest fundrais...

Thursday, 3rd Sep 20

Thank you to Margaret-Anne Hayes our highest fundraiser who has raised over $250,000 for cancer research. Margaret’s most outrageous way to raise funds for Can Too was to face her greatest fear of heights to jump out of a plane not once but twice when she was in her 70s.

You Can Too achieve 21k’s in 3 days

Monday, 31st Aug 20

Can Too Foundation is excited to announce the launch of our first Virtual Challenge. Your goal is to achieve 21k’s in 3 days.