Our Purpose

The Janis Foligno Foundation was created in loving memory of Janis Foligno, cherished daughter, wife, mother, sister, cousin and friend, who passed away after a courageous battle with breast cancer in July, 2009.

Janis Foligno was a pillar of strength for all of her family and friends. Everyone who knew Janis was touched by her love, caring spirit, generous heart and concern for others. Her compassionate nature will continue to touch the lives of others through the work of the Janis Foligno Foundation.

"The time we had with her was incredible. She was an incredible woman, and I think she's given me a lot of the values that I'm really proud of today. She's just a fun-loving person. Cancer's never going to take those things away. She was a warrior, she battled right to the end, didn't want that to become her legacy."

- Nick Foligno talking about his mother, Janis.

We are committed to finding a cure and helping those battling the disease fight for a brighter future. The Janis Foligno Foundation believes in promoting cancer awareness to aide in early detection and prevention. While also recognizing that working together offers the best opportunities to ensure a bright future for everyone.

Janis loved to spend time to get to know people. She alway talked about the good that the people that she came in contact with possessed. She was a caring and giving person. She juggled a family of 4 children and she still found ways to volunteer her time to many different causes.

The following are some of the ways that we recall her helping others. Meals on Wheels where she would not only deliver needed nutrition to shut ins and recovering patients but she would also spend time with them after her rounds to make sure they had someone to talk to and to let them know that someone cared about them. When she got to know them better she would bring them small gifts or their favourite chocolate bar.

She participated in the Walk for A Cure in Toronto and The Relay for Life in Sudbury and raised money and awareness for women to get screened and to aid in the fight against Breast Cancer. Janis was on the committee in Sudbury for the Canadian Cancer Society, Annual Luncheon of Hope. She also assisted as a contact person for women that were diagnosed with cancer in helping them stay confident and ease their fears. She was a good resource because of her ability to help others stay calm and understand what they were going through.

She always had something going to the Salvation Army or Goodwill and especially at Christmas time. She was never confrontational and never wanted attention or the limelight. To her everyone mattered and especially her family. To date, the Janis Foligno Foundation has supported various charities including the Sudbury Regional Hospital Foundation's Breast Cancer Equipment Fund, the Vale Hospice, Meals on Wheels and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The Ican Independence Centre & Network in Sudbury and the House of Kin- Relief for Cancer families. Janis was passionate about the change of seasons and she loved living in Sudbury because she was able to enjoy her favourite season of all...snow!

"We're trying to make sure that her wishes keep going, in that we're trying to help people in our community in areas that she was looking forward to helping.”

- Mike Foligno

Supporting efforts for a better future

We are devoted to fundraising for the fight against cancer, with efforts to invest the money we raise into research projects, treatment care, support efforts and innovative studies. We work closely with local organizations to ensure the funding is used to bring us closer to finding a cure.

The Janis Foligno Foundation is a registered Canadian Charity. Our registration number is: 82501 9854 RR0001

Who We Are

The Foligno family name is well known in Sudbury, but not only because of the on ice performances of Mike, Nick and Marcus. The late Janis Foligno was known for giving back to the community where she was born and raised, and her family has continued that tradition in her name with the Janis Foligno Foundation, which helps in the fight against breast cancer.

The Executive Team

The Janis Foligno Foundation is fueled by passionate people.

  • Mike

    President and CEO

  • Lisa


  • Cara


  • Nick


  • Marcus


How you can help

Power in numbers. Your time and your donation can impact someone’s life. Help change the future.