2014 event draws over 800 participants to run, walk or complete
challenges in downtown Calgary in support of breakthrough research and
the discovery of new cancer therapies at The Tom Baker Cancer Centre
and 16 other cancer centres across Alberta.
CALGARY, June 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The 8th annual Underwear Affair announced over 800 participants raised over
half a million dollars for the Alberta Cancer Foundation to support
breakthrough research and the discovery of new cancer therapies at The
Tom Baker Cancer Centre and 16 other cancer centres across Alberta.
Participants raced, walked and completed challenges through downtown
Calgary wearing underwear and outrageous costumes to raise funds and
drive awareness for cancers that occur below the belt.
"We extend our gratitude to all the incredible participants, volunteers
and their extended networks of family and supporters for helping to
make the 8th annual Underwear Affair a success," said Myka Osinchuk, Chief Executive
Officer of the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
"Every day, 43 Albertans hear the words, 'you have cancer.' These are
our friends, our loved ones, and our neighbours. We act everyday on
behalf of those Albertans, and the over half a million dollars raised
will allow the Alberta Cancer Foundation to boldly invest in things
that matter most to patients and their families - faster diagnoses,
better treatments, an enhanced quality of life and improved outcomes,"
The Underwear Affair took place at the Calgary Curling Club and
participants chose to complete a chip-timed 10K race, 5K 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.
"My girlfriend Shannon and I have participated in the Underwear Affair
for the past two years, but this year I will be representing the two of
us as Shannon is battling stage four colorectal cancer," says Dan
McNeil, from Calgary.
"The effect that cancer has on the patient and their families is
something that we are all too familiar with. However, we also see and
hear all of the progress that cancer research has made over the years
and want to contribute to the fight against below-the-belt cancers to
continue the hope of ending cancer," McNeil added.
In 8 years, The Underwear Affair in Calgary raised over $5.9 million for
the Alberta Cancer Foundation, and funds raised support advances of
discovery and comprehensive clinical trials programs, to allow patients
to be amongst the first to access new therapies and early screening
The Alberta Cancer Foundation announced the 2015 event will be held on
June 6th and encourage everyone to register.
"We hope everyone in Alberta can join us for our 9th Annual Underwear Affair next year in Calgary. Register now at www.uncoverthecure.org or call (403) 269-3337," added Osinchuk.
To register, donate or receive information about the 2014 Underwear
Affair, visit www.uncoverthecure.org or call (403) 269-3337.
ABOUT THE ALBERTA CANCER FOUNDATION: The Alberta Cancer Foundation aims to improve the lives of Albertans
facing cancer by boldly investing $120 million in cancer research,
prevention and screening and enhanced care by 2017. Through this
strategic approach, we will bring the newest discoveries and deliver
results to Alberta's cancer patients faster. Visit http://albertacancer.ca
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SOURCE: Alberta Cancer Foundation
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