2012 event draws impressive 1,285 participants who raced and walked in
their underwear and outrageous attire through downtown Calgary to raise
funds for cancers that occur below the belt.
CALGARY, June 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, The Alberta Cancer Foundation's
Underwear Affair announced that 1,285 participants raised $803,000 to
fund research, treatment and care at The Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cross
Cancer Institute and 15 other cancer centres across Alberta for cancers
that occur below the belt.
"The Underwear Affair has become a truly iconic fundraiser for the
Foundation as we pursue our goal of a cancer-free future for all
Albertans," said says Nick Locke, Vice President of Fund Development at
the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
"We're absolutely thrilled and grateful for the support that Calgary and
the surrounding communities have shown for this year's event. The
$803,000 raised is already being put to use funding programs that
ensure thousands of Albertans receive colorectal and cervical
screenings through our 17 Alberta cancer centres," Locke added.
The 6th Underwear Affair started and finished at Max Bell Arena, and consisted
of a chip-timed 10K race or 5K walk through downtown Calgary before
ending with a thrilling after party to celebrate this year's
fundraising results. Participants completed the courses clad in
outrageous costumes, underwear and athletic attire as spectators along
the route cheered them on.
"My father was diagnosed with colon cancer and within two weeks, he lost
his life," says fifth-year participant Lori Vickerman from Calgary.
"The Underwear Affair is my chance to honour my father. I look forward
to this event every year, as it's amazing to see the community come
together and raise funds and awareness for a cause that is very close
to my heart," Vickerman added.
"Cancers that occur below the belt such as such as prostate, colorectal,
ovarian, testicular, bladder, cervical, and uterine lack adequate
prevention and funding programs because they are deemed by many people
as taboo or uncomfortable for discussion," says Dr. Nigel Brockton,
Molecular Epidemiologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
"This results in fewer preliminary screenings and early diagnosis, yet
over 30 percent of new cancer cases in Alberta specifically involve
cancers which occur below the belt," Dr. Brockton added.
The Alberta Cancer Foundation also released the date for next year's
event, which will be held June 1, 2013 in Calgary. Participants
applauded with excitement and began registering on site immediately
after the announcement was made.
"We're aiming to make next year's Underwear Affair even bigger and
better," says Locke.
"We personally invite everyone in Alberta to join us for our 7th Annual Underwear Affair here in Calgary. Register now at www.uncoverthecure.org or call (403) 269-3337," Locke added.
The Alberta Cancer Foundation is Alberta's own. It was established to advance cancer research
province-wide and to directly support Alberta's 17 cancer centres,
including the Cross Cancer Institute and Tom Baker Cancer Centre. At
the Alberta Cancer Foundation, we believe a cancer-free future is both
possible and inevitable. When we get there, depends on the focus and
energy we put to it today.
Media Photos From Today's Event: CLICK HERE
SOURCE WEWC/RTCC/UA events c/o CauseForce
For further information:
Ailish Steele, Communications Manager