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Beyond Belief Vancouver Island

On the cusp of real hope and change, we are making an impact across Vancouver Island and its surrounding communities.
Dr. Abe Alexander, BC Cancer Vancouver Island

We have the experts and the opportunity to turn hope into reality. It starts right here, with all of us.

Mid Island Co-op has pledged to match $1 Million in donations to new BC Cancer Centre in Nanaimo. We invite you to double your impact.

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Current Priorities


New BC Cancer Centre in Nanaimo

A new BC Cancer centre is under development in Nanaimo, expanding access to cancer care on Vancouver Island. The BC Cancer Foundation will be fundraising to bring state-of-the-art equipment to the new Centre.

Mid Island Co-op has pledged to match $1 Million in donations to new BC Cancer Centre in Nanaimo. We invite you to double your impact.

The new BC Cancer centre in Nanaimo will:

  • Include radiation therapy, PET/CT, CT simulator, exam rooms and an ambulatory care unit
  • Complete 20,000 radiation treatment visits per year, diverting local patients from needing to travel to Victoria to access care
  • Bring life-saving care closer to home for patients north of the Malahat

BC Cancer – Victoria Integrated Care and Research Pavilion

BC Cancer – Victoria is expanding its campus, a 12,000 square foot building just 250 metres from the existing facilities. The purchase and renovation of the building will be fully donor-funded – a first in BC Cancer Foundation history.

The new building will create a standalone space for the centre’s Supportive Care services – programs that help patients manage the adverse physical and psychological side effects of cancer.

From April 1 through to May 31, 2024, your donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar to double your impact for BC Cancer – Victoria.

The BC Cancer – Victoria Integrated Care and Research Pavilion will:

  • Enhance and expand the centre’s Supportive Care programs to meet the needs of patients and families
  • Create a healing environment for cancer patients and families while accessing Supportive Care services
  • Establish BC Cancer – Victoria as model for holistic cancer care, leading to improved outcomes and quality of life for people across the Island.

Launch Cutting-Edge Prostate Cancer Clinical Trial

BC Cancer – Victoria researchers are launching ADAPT-25 – a cutting-edge prostate cancer clinical trial harnessing the power of AI and SABR (a high-precision radiation therapy).

This trial builds on the centre’s leadership in prostate cancer research, with recently published research reducing treatments from six to eight weeks of daily radiation to five doses of SABR.

This cutting-edge clinical trial is seeking to:

  • Reduce the number of SABR treatments from five to just two doses, with the help of AI, while maintaining highly effective disease control and fewer side effects
  • Improve quality of life for patients, particularly those outside Victoria, by reducing the physical, emotional and financial burden of travelling for care
  • Help expand BC Cancer’s capacity to deliver timely radiation treatments for all patients
Clinical Trials and Research

Expand Immunotherapy Research

The Deeley Research Centre at BC Cancer – Victoria is a central site for trailblazing immunotherapy research. Researchers at Deeley study how the immune system responds to cancer and how best to enhance this response with forward-looking therapies.

The Deeley Research Centre is working to:

  • Create more innovative, effective immunotherapy treatments
  • Progress world-class immunotherapy research through clinical trial expansion and support
  • Expand BC Cancer’s brilliant teams of experts – including establishing a new Immunotherapy Research Chair

To learn more about how you can support priorities on Vancouver Island, please contact William Litchfield at william.litchfield@bccancer.bc.ca or 250.667.8690.

Thank You to Our Donors

Victoria philanthropist, Andrew Beckerman

Andrew Beckerman

Motivated by the financial support he received while at graduate school, Andrew Beckerman, wanted to create an opportunity for graduate students to work in a world-class research lab alongside distinguished scientists. He provided a matching gift, establishing two graduate stipends at the Deeley Research Centre, BC Cancer – Victoria that will support the next generation of research scientists.

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Dr. Brad Nelson at work inside the Deeley Research Centre’s Conconi Family Immunotherapy Lab.

Deeley Research Centre Donors

Made possible through two decades of donor support, BC Cancer – Victoria’s Deeley Research Centre is bringing hope to Vancouver Island patients like Noel Schacter – and beyond – who have exhausted other treatment options through cutting-edge immunotherapy clinical trials.

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Kim & Brenda Pirie with their children

Kim Pirie

Kim Pirie has donated $50,000 towards the development of a new cancer centre in Nanaimo to bring care closer to the place his wife Brenda loved most: home. It’s a venture that Brenda would have jumped in with both feet, he says. “And, of course, I’d have followed.”

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Dr. Kenneth Wilson

Dr. Kenneth Wilson joined BC Cancer - Victoria in January 1980 where he served for 41 years. He is "proud of the world-class Medical Oncology service in Victoria and encourages charitable donations wherever you are connected." With over two decades of support for the Foundation, he has ensured his legacy continues with the Dr. Kenneth Wilson Scholarship Fund.

Patty Pitts

Patty Pitts

Patty Pitts became a BC Cancer Foundation donor after the devastating loss of two close friends. Inspired to change the outcome, Patty established the Carol Lalonde/Marlene Palmer Ovarian Cancer Research Fund with a $250,000 donation and a designated gift in her will.

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Dr. Brad Nelson at the Deeley Research Centre

Bringing Game-Changing Innovation to Vancouver Island

“This campaign will enable us to develop a world class immunotherapy clinic right here on the island, ensuring BC Cancer patients have access to the latest game-changing cancer treatments developed locally and around the world.”

Dr. Brad Nelson
Director & Distinguished Scientist
BC Cancer — Victoria


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