Discovery Luncheon

Discovery Luncheon Kelowna

The 2015 Discovery Luncheon in Kelowna raised an amazing $104,000 for the BC Cancer Agency's Personalized Onco-Genomics Program.

The BC Cancer Foundation’s 2015 Discovery Luncheon—Kelowna raised an amazing $104,000 to support the BC Cancer Agency’s Personalized Onco-Genomics (POG) Program.

The fifth annual Discovery Luncheon celebrated the importance of discovery research happening each year in Kelowna at the BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior.

Last year, the event raised an amazing $100,000 to support clinical trials research at the BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern InteriorThe funds raised from the event ensure local patients will benefit from advancements in cancer research and care from progress made through clinical trials. Over four  years, over $390,000 has been raised through the Discovery Luncheon to enable more rapid advancements in cancer research and care.

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Discovery Luncheon - Kelowna

2015 Discovery Luncheon Kelowna
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

5th Annual Discovery Luncheon
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Where: Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna
When: 11:30am (registration) and 12:00pm - 1:15pm (event)
Tickets: $65/each or $520 for a table of 8 (30 tables available)

This is a pivotal time in the history of cancer. With the knowledge that has been gained in the last decade, our opportunity to achieve a world free from cancer has never been more real. 

The BC Cancer Foundation was pleased to present the 5th Annual Discovery Luncheon, in support of cutting edge research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior.

Over the last five years, the Discovery Luncheon has raised $390,000 to support four groundbreaking programs at the BC Cancer Agency in Kelowna.

In each area supported by the Discovery Luncheon, BC Cancer Agency researchers have made huge strides:

  • HDR brachytherapy “boost” (implanted radiation in addition to standard external beam radiation) has become standard treatment for patients with high-tier intermediate and high-risk prostate cancer. It is now possible to perform three HDR procedures in a standard operating day, an achievement seen as impossible just a short time ago;
  • A pilot program is underway to determine the proportion of patients eligible for breast seed brachytherapy, improve the technique, adapt it for different breast sizes and tumour locations and incorporate new 3D ultrasound technology;
  • The PREDICT (Personal REsponse Determinants in Cancer Therapy) is now more than half-way to its goal of 20,000 participants, which will enable large-scale cancer and genomic research across many tumour types;
  • More than 20 clinical trials are currently underway including breast, prostate, lung, bladder and lymphoid cancer. 

For more information about the Kelowna Discovery Luncheon, please contact Chantelle Funk at or call 250.979.6652. To read more about the 2015 event, click here.