BC Cancer Foundation News Release - Technology companies raced soap box cars in Canary Derby bid to drive early detection of cancer with the Canary Project at BC Cancer Agency



    VICTORIA, June 14 /CNW/ - Fourteen Vancouver Island technology companies
worked around the clock to ensure their soapbox cars were race-ready for the
3rd Annual Victoria Canary Derby Soapbox Race benefiting BC Cancer Foundation.
Proceeds will fund the Canary Project for the early detection of cancer, at
the BC Cancer Agency's Vancouver Island Centre, to help purchase two critical
pieces of cancer research equipment for use at the Agency's Trev & Joyce
Deeley Research Centre.
    CEO's from the Vancouver Island technology community raced against each
other in their specially-designed soapbox cars, with an estimated crowd of
1,000 on hand to cheer them on and participate in a BBQ, live entertainment,
kid's activities and more.
    "Most cancers can be cured if they are found early," said Dr. Brad
Nelson, director of the BC Cancer Agency's Deeley Research Centre in Victoria.
"The Canary Foundation is developing innovative blood and imaging tests that
will change the way cancer is detected in the future, potentially saving
millions of lives around the world. Our team here in Victoria is excited and
proud to be part of this project, and we're grateful to the supporters of the
Canary Derby for making it possible," he added.
    "I continue to be amazed at the enthusiasm and commitment of the
technology community in its support of the Canary Foundation and the early
detection of cancer," said Michael Ball, CEO of GenoLogics and Chairman of the
Victoria Canary Derby committee. "This support has broadened to Vancouver,
where we will host the first Canary Derby in the Lower Mainland, on
September 21st."
    The Canary Derby Soapbox race benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation was
held on Saturday, June 14th, 2008, at the Vancouver Island Technology Park,
4464 Markham Road. For event information or to donate to a team, contact
Heather Jones at (250) 519-5552 or hjones@bccancer.bc.ca or visit
www.canaryderby.com. For more information regarding the Canary Foundation
contact Pat McCowan at (206) 660-0439 or pat@canaryfoundation.org.





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For further information: Media Contacts: Laura Walsh, Senior Director of
Development, BC Cancer Foundation Vancouver Island, T: (250) 519-5554, C:
(250) 480-9617; Penny Noble, Senior Director of Public Affairs, APR, BC Cancer
Foundation, T: (604) 707-5902, C: (604) 805-5637

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