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Matching funds for one inspiring rider in the Ride to Conquer Cancer

Another exciting day! Today we announced a $1 million gift from Roche Canada to support two key research areas at the BC Cancer Agency. They’re donating $500,000 each to the Agency’s Tumour Tissue Repository (TTR) and to its Breast and Gastrointestinal Cancers Outcomes Research Units. The TTR is a state-of-the-art biobank. If you or someone you know has been a BC Cancer Agency patient, they’ve likely been asked if they will donate their tissue, blood and other clinical data. Every single patient’s biological and clinical information adds to the pool of knowledge that helps advance cancer...

Finalists announced in top model competition

In March, I told you that BC Cancer Foundation is the charity partner for the second year in a row in the ITM-NSR Model Look Competition 2010 , with our good friends at CHMB AM1320 . Yesterday, the Top 20 finalists were announced in this year’s competition. Several of them have very close connections to the cancer cause and shared their stories. Top 20 finalists in the ITM-NSR Model Look North America 2010 For example, 22-year-old Stevi Ellis from Coquitlam said: The BC Cancer Foundation is actually one of my top reasons for entering this contest. The BC Cancer Agency is one of the most...

Inspiring the World Again!

Yesterday, we announced another exciting gift to the Inspire the World capital campaign on Vancouver Island – Bob Mehr Compounding Pharmacies generously donated $50,000. They’ll also be running an in-store promotion for the month of May where a portion of proceeds from specific vitamins and supplements sold will be donated to the campaign. And they’re also selling Inspire the World stars that customers can take home or display in the store. Bob Mehr with one of his employees, Kathryn Davies So if you happen to live on Vancouver Island, click here to see a list of Bob’s pharmacies where you...

Are you ready to Ride?

Just under two months from now, thousands of riders will be cycling from Vancouver to Seattle in the BC Cancer Foundation’s second annual Ride to Conquer Cancer . Last year, I had joined the Foundation just before the Ride , so this year I am really looking forward to cycling with everyone. I know one of the questions you may be asked is “Where does the money go?”, so I want to tell you about a few of the projects, platforms and people we are supporting through last year’s Ride . BC Cancer Agency’s Centre of Excellence for Functional Cancer Imaging Led by Dr. François Bénard, who holds the BC...

Lymphoma Cancer Education

Last month, I told you about an exciting breakthrough in lymphoma research. I mentioned that lymphoma is the fastest growing cancer in North America and the fifth most common cancer in Canada – with an estimated 1,000 new cases diagnosed every year in B.C. Which is why more and more people who are living with lymphoma need ongoing support. So if you or someone you know is a lymphoma patient, caregiver or supporter, tell them about the BC Cancer Agency’s Lymphoid Cancer Education Forum , supported by the BC Cancer Foundation. The session will be beneficial for anyone with non-Hodgkin lymphoma...

April is cancer awareness month

It’s April 1 st – cancer awareness month. But aren’t we all aware of cancer? It now touches more than one in three of us – I know I rarely meet with someone who hasn’t had a powerful cancer story to share. This month, I want to raise awareness about the positive side of cancer – about the tremendous progress that has been made in cancer research and care, right here where we live, in B.C. Here are ten reasons why we can all feel optimistic: 1. Cancer is becoming a chronic, not fatal, disease. New treatments are being developed that enable people to manage their cancer and continue to lead...

Another exciting breakthrough in Lymphoma research

Wow! The BC Cancer Agency announced another breakthrough out of its Centre for Lymphoid Cancer – you may have read it this morning on the front page of the Vancouver Sun . The research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine , and shows a promising new tool in predicting treatment outcomes for patients with Hodgkin Lymphoma. Hodgkin Lymphoma mainly affects young adults, and has a good survival rate – with about 75 to 85 per cent of patients cured in their initial treatment. But, the other approximately 25 per cent of Hodgkin patients will experience a relapse. And about half of...

Fashion meets philanthropy – top model search launched today

Today we officially launched the ITM Model Look North America 2010 , and BC Cancer Foundation is pleased to be the charity partner for the second year in a row! We’re really grateful to CHMB AM1320 radio and to ITM Model Look Corp. for their partnership – they are so supportive of what we do. This event is not only a contest to find the top new models in North America, it’s also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the BC Cancer Agency and the BC Cancer Foundation within the Asian community. All ticket sales to the contest finals and from the Glamour Gala Dinner that follows will support...

Colorectal cancer awareness

March is colorectal cancer awareness month, and since colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death, it’s certainly an important cancer to be aware of. Often, colorectal cancer is diagnosed at a later stage, when it is harder to treat. But if it’s detected early, the survival rate for colorectal cancer is over 90 per cent. This is why the BC Cancer Agency and the province launched a pilot screening program in Penticton and Powell River called Colon Check. Residents there aged 50 – 74 who do not currently have any symptoms can get an...

New hope for lung cancer patients

BC Cancer Agency researchers have had another breakthrough, which will be published online today by the international journal Clinical Cancer Research . The study focuses on faster identification of chemotherapy treatments which are most likely to be successful for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (as well as identifying the ones that are less likely to be successful). The study was led by BC Cancer Agency Senior Scientist Dr. Yuzhuo Wang , whose team used one patient’s lung tumour sample to observe the response to three different chemotherapy regimens. They obtained results in six to...

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