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Running in our undies

The weather was perfect Saturday night for our fifth annual Underwear Affair where 925 participants raised $552,500 for cancers below the waist, such as prostate, colorectal, uterine and ovarian cancers, among others. But those of you who have participated in the Underwear Affair know that the fundraising is only half of it – because you all put so much work into your outfits for the evening. In fact, I was amazed at just how daring some of the costumes were (i.e. the guy in the “Borat” bathing suit). I can’t imagine running 10 km in that! Thank you to everyone who participated, donated and...

Model citizens raise funds for cancer

Last night was a blast! Thanks to the wonderful people at CHMB AM1320 , the BC Cancer Foundation was the charity partner for the second year in a row in the ITM-NSR Model Look North America 2010 . I have to say, it was a fun event. Even actor Steven Seagal was in attendance for the Finale Show, apparently to ask some of the models to appear in his next movie. The 20 finalists competed for the chance to represent North America at the New Silk Road modeling competition in China and launch a career in fashion modelling. Our congratulations to the winner – 17-year-old Alexia Fast of Vancouver,...

Strength in numbers

What a weekend! The second Ride to Conquer Cancer was an overwhelming success, with 2,252 riders raising $9.2 million for cancer research right here in British Columbia. This was all made possible by all the riders and their generous donors and supporters, as well as the amazing Ride crew and volunteers. Thank you to all the cancer patients and survivors who rode with their yellow flags – you were truly an inspiration to all of us. Thank you to everyone involved – you made the 2010 Ride the historic and memorable event it was. Last year, I had just joined the Foundation when the Ride took...

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...

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