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$754,000 raised at Jingle Mingle will fuel leading-edge cancer research

VICTORIA, B.C. – The BC Cancer Foundation’s 12th annual Jingle Mingle, presented by Thrifty Foods, has raised an incredible $754,000 to underpin critical research on the island in one of the world’s most promising areas of oncology: immunotherapy. Fueled by 350 generous Jingle Mingle guests, the gift of advanced cancer care on Vancouver Island is on its way to patients. Funds will directly...

BC Cancer gene discovery leads to a new drug that targets 22 cancers

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Twenty years in the making, a gene mutation in a rare pediatric cancer – discovered by Dr. Poul Sorensen’s lab in 1998 – snowballed into a new drug that has just been approved and targets at least 22 types of cancer. The discovery made two decades ago was driven by Dr. Sorensen’s work to distinguish congenital fibrosarcoma, a rare and deadly type of connective tissue tumour in...

New trial uses blood test to determine best treatment course

IND.234 is the first prostate precision medicine trial to use liquid biopsies for genomic testing
VANCOUVER, B.C. - A new clinical trial, opening across Canada, is considered a major advancement in precision medicine for prostate cancer and the first of its kind in the world. The IND.234 clinical trial, conducted by the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG), uses liquid biopsy technology to screen for genomic markers in prostate cancer patients. Generous BC Cancer Foundation donors were...

Discovery Luncheon – Kelowna raises record $177,000 to support critical Patient and Family Emergency Fund

KELOWNA, B.C. – BC Cancer Foundation’s 8 th annual Discovery Luncheon raised an amazing $177,000 to support the Patient and Family Emergency Fund at BC Cancer – Kelowna and help lessen the burden for those facing a cancer diagnosis. “I am always so inspired by the sheer generosity of our donors in Kelowna and across the Interior,” says Sarah Roth, president & CEO, BC Cancer Foundation. “...

Blood cancer research receives massive boost

$4.3 million raised at Inspiration Gala will support cutting-edge, tailored treatment solutions
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Cancer Foundation announced an extraordinary $4.3 million raised at its sold-out Taj Mahal themed Inspiration Gala on Saturday evening, held at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. These critical funds will support BC Cancer clinicians and scientists as they develop innovative treatment solutions for patients facing blood cancers – leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. With a...

Vancouver home to new nuclear medicine hub

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced $10.23 million in federal funding to build a new nuclear medicine hub – the first-of-its-kind in Canada – at the University of British Columbia (UBC) named The Institute for Advance Medical Isotopes (IAMI). The construction of IAMI is valued at $31.8 million. Other contributors include the province of British Columbia, contributing $...

Cutting-edge New Cancer Treatment Coming to B.C.

BC Cancer Foundation Announces $18.346 Million
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Today, the BC Cancer Foundation announced a historic $18.346 million philanthropic grant from the Aqueduct Foundation on behalf of an anonymous donor that aims to transform treatment for people facing metastatic cancer. The funds will fuel a world-leading Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics program at BC Cancer spanning research and development of cutting-edge...

Friendship inspires $250,000 gift to ovarian cancer research

VICTORIA, B.C. – A close-knit friendship has spurred a $250,000 gift to the BC Cancer Foundation that will help advance the latest work in ovarian cancer research. Victoria resident Patty Pitts’ generous gift honours two close friends – Carol Lalonde and Marlene Palmer – who both passed away from the disease. Generously donating money from a recent family inheritance, Patty’s gift established The...

Hope Couture raises more than $600,000 to bring world-class PET/CT to BC Cancer – Vancouver

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Cancer Foundation’s fifth annual Hope Couture presented by Legacy Senior Living - The Leo Wertman Residence today announces more than $600,000 raised to support world-class care at BC Cancer with the most innovative diagnostic and treatment planning tool available today: a PET/CT scanner. Thanks to a sold-out room of 430 generous guests and a donation of $100,000 made by...

Local donors secure world-class PET/CT technology for Kelowna

KELOWNA, B.C. – World-class cancer diagnostics is coming to the Interior. The BC Cancer Foundation announced today the completion of its $5-million campaign to bring a PET/CT scanner to BC Cancer - Kelowna. The new PET/CT scanner will reduce hardship and burden for people in the Interior who currently have to travel to Vancouver – where the province’s only two publicly-funded PET/CT scanners are...

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