The BC Cancer Foundation’s 2018 Inspiration Gala is raising funds for BC Cancer in early November in downtown Vancouver. This elegant evening for 450 guests includes a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, entertainment, raffle, live auction, and silent auction.
BC Cancer Foundation 2017 Inspiration Gala from BC Cancer Foundation on Vimeo.
Last year’s event raised $2.61 million for the BC Cancer’s Hereditary Cancer Program: Compounds to Conquer Cancer, and cumulatively over the past thirteen years, Inspiration Galas have raised over $27 million for breakthrough lung, pancreatic, brain, ovarian, breast, lymphoid, immunotherapy and colorectal cancer research, as well as the Personalized Medicine Project and Personalized Onco-Genomics Program (POG) at the BC Cancer Agency. Through the Inspiration Gala, BC Cancer Foundation donors make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact in improving cancer care for patients in B.C. The 2012 Inspiration Gala won “Best Fundraising Event” in Canada at the Canadian Event Industry Awards. The BC Cancer Foundation is the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province.
The funds raised at the 2017 Inspiration Gala enables the Hereditary Cancer Program team to launch a pilot study on the benefits of up-front testing for hereditary mutations—for all patients with advanced cancer, at the time of diagnosis. By identifying all individuals and families who may have a hereditary mutation, BC CAN dramatically increase their chances for survival.
Through the philanthropic support the HCP team will be able to create a rapid genetic testing system, expand genetic testing, and focus on high risk families.
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