9th annual race draws hundreds of British Columbians to run, walk and
complete challenges in their underwear through downtown Vancouver in
support of cutting-edge cancer research and enhancements to care at The
BC Cancer Agency.
VANCOUVER, July 5, 2014 /CNW/ - British Columbians raised $5.1 million
in nine years through the BC Cancer Foundations' annual Underwear
Affair in Vancouver. Funds raised support leading-edge cancer research
and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency for cancers which
occur below the waist. Each year hundreds of participants race, walk
and complete challenges through downtown Vancouver wearing underwear
and outrageous costumes.
"A huge thank you to all participants, volunteers and donors who helped
make our 9th annual Underwear Affair a success," said Erik Dierks, Vice President of
Development, BC Cancer Foundation.
"This year, 37 per cent of all diagnosed cancers in British Columbia are
those which occur below-the-belt, such as prostate, colorectal,
testicular, cervical and ovarian. The $5.1 million raised over the last
nine years continues to support cutting-edge research programs and
breakthrough discoveries which include, a shift in the surgical
paradigm for ovarian cancer prevention and discoveries for colorectal
and prostate cancers that may lead to new prevention strategies and
treatment," Dierks added.
The 2014 Underwear Affair took place at the Cambie Street Bridge Lot in
Vancouver and participants chose to complete a chip-timed 10 km race, 5
km walk or series of challenges called "The Booty Hunt." Local
residents gathered along the route at public cheer stations and the
event wrapped up with an after-party, where participants enjoyed hot
meals, beverages, music and an evening of dancing.
"I participated in the Underwear Affair last year, but this year I am
back and more dedicated than ever as my wife Ana has been diagnosed
with stage four ovarian cancer," said North Vancouver resident Victor
"Ana was doing very well until January, when she experienced a lot of
pain and then had to undergo three surgeries this past May. The cancer
moved to her spine and continues to spread, with Ana recently losing
mobility in her legs. Despite this, she continues with courage and
grace, her spirits are high and the confidence that she will be better
in time to enjoy the summer with our two young children. We're all in
this together and when we kick cancers "down there" to the curb,
everyone wins," Ulanday added.
Funds raised over the last nine years of the event also support
advancements and discoveries at The BC Cancer Agency which help improve
early detection, prevention and treatment so more cancer patients here
in British Columbia have better outcomes from their cancer diagnoses.
Event organizers announced the 2015 Underwear Affair will take place on
July 11th and encourage people of all athletic abilities to register.
"We hope everyone in British Columbia will join us next year, as we
celebrate a milestone 10 years of the BC Cancer Foundation's Underwear
Affair. Register now at www.uncoverthecure.org or call (604) 734-2873," added Dierks.
To register, donate or receive information about the 2014 Underwear
Affair, visit www.uncoverthecure.org or call (604) 734-2873.
ABOUT THE BC CANCER FOUNDATION - CLICK HERE - The BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge that connects philanthropic
support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge. As the
fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest funder of
cancer research in this province, we enable donors to make
contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on
improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia. We fund
with the goal of finding solutions. Visit www.bccancerfoundation.com to make a donation or to learn how you can make a difference in the
lives of those affected by cancer.
ABOUT THE BC CANCER AGENCY - The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services
Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing
the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those
living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program
for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners
to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early
detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive
care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit www.bccancer.ca.
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