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Patrick Sullivan, Why I Give

Patrick Sullivan

“I speak about cancer. I ride my bike. I do these things because I want to change the story. I want a different ending.”

“I speak about cancer. I ride my bike. I do these things because I want to change the story. I want a different ending.”

In 2008, Patrick Sullivan lost his young son Finn to an extremely rare form of cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma. A few months later, he was approached by two close friends: “They told me about this fundraising bike ride to Seattle, the Ride to Conquer Cancer. They wanted to put a team in it – and do it in honour of Finn. That was the start of Team Finn.”

Every member of Team Finn is inspired by a little boy who lived every moment of his short life to the fullest. Their distinctive pink jerseys read “Run. Jump. Bounce. Dance. Sing. Love. Smile. Ride,” words that celebrate Finn’s approach to every day.

Finn showed how to live life with courage and joy, and his example has helped Team Finn achieve extraordinary success in raising funds for the BC Cancer Foundation. In just three years, they have raised over $1 million to support cancer research. As Finn’s father says, “Doctors couldn’t change Finn’s story. ‘Incurable’ was his ending. If I could change that for somebody else, then every moment of time is worth it.”

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2012 News

Jun 25, 2012
VANCOUVER, B.C. - A locally-created new smartphone app is enabling ovarian cancer surgeons in B.C. to record details directly from the surgical suite to the provincial database where ovarian cancer tumour information is stored, investigated and tracked— the Cheryl Brown Ovarian Cancer Outcomes Unit. The innovation has been made possible thanks to a donor to the BC Cancer Foundation. Dr. Sarah...
Jun 17, 2012
June 17, 2012 (Vancouver):  The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer announced the 2013 Ride will again feature route choices and tracking chip technology between Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, Washington, after Riders and supporters had overwhelmingly-positive reactions at the finish line today. 3,011 Ride participants raised $11.2 million for the BC Cancer Foundation this year, where funds...
Jun 16, 2012
June 16, 2012 (Vancouver): The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer announced 3,011 participants raised $11.2 million for the BC Cancer Foundation as the fourth annual Ride commenced Saturday morning at Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino in Surrey, British Columbia. Ride participants will cycle over 200 km, across two routes between Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle, Washington with an overnight camp at...
May 24, 2012
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Cancer Foundation announced the largest charitable bequest to a single beneficiary in B.C.’s history today. William P. J. McCarthy, businessman and grandson of the late John Jambor and creator and executor of his estate plan, gifted an astounding $21.4 million in the Jambor-McCarthy legacy to the BC Cancer Foundation. The momentous gift will help to further the BC Cancer...
Apr 24, 2012
Vancouver, B.C. - Cancer research and care will benefit from a local family’s efforts to honour their mother through the Sarabjit Gill Memorial Fund. Thanks to support from many in the community, the Gill family is nearing their goal of $75,000 raised in memory of their mother, benefitting the BC Cancer Foundation. Within days of losing their mother to cancer, Mandeep and her siblings, Jag and...
Apr 18, 2012
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Scientists at the BC Cancer Agency and University of British Columbia have identified new breast cancer genes that could change the way the disease is diagnosed and form the basis of next-generation treatments. Researchers have reclassified the disease into 10 completely new categories based on the genetic fingerprint of a tumour. Many of these genes could offer much-needed...
Apr 04, 2012
VANCOUVER, B.C. - BC Cancer Agency scientists have decoded the genetic make-up of triple negative breast cancer, which could lead to more effective treatment. The study, published online today in the international journal Nature, reveals that this form of cancer is not one distinct single entity, but an extremely complex and evolved tumour with an unprecedented range of mutations. Operating...
Mar 16, 2012
Vancouver, B.C. – BC Cancer Foundation and Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have teamed up to fund an important research initiative between the BC Cancer Agency and the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada. The research project will look at genetic markers in breast cancer and how they can play a role in detecting cancer earlier and improving treatments of breast...
Mar 09, 2012
Victoria, B.C., March 10, 2012 - Cancer research and care on Vancouver Island received a support boost from a local housing and business development today with Mariner’s Village donating $120,000 to the BC Cancer Foundation.  Mike Barrie, a former NHL player and partner and developer of the Sooke waterfront project, Mariner’s Village, shared how he’s been inspired to support scientists at the BC...
Feb 14, 2012
Victoria, B.C. – Danny and Sandy Jadresko have spent many memorable Valentine’s Days together over their 26 years of marriage, and this year they are celebrating with an extra special gift—rather than to each other—to the BC Cancer Foundation. The Jadreskos, owner-operators of Woodmere Holdings Corp., chose to make a $100,000 donation to establish The Danny and Sandy Jadresko Cancer Research Fund...