Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation awards a record $10 million to support breast cancer research and community projects

CALGARY, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Prairies/NWT Region announced the funding of 36 research and community projects today. Totaling $10 million, these funds support initiatives in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.

Of the funding total, over $8.3 million was allocated to support 24 research grants (AB=16; SK=7: MB=1). An additional $1.7 million was awarded through the Region's Community and Opportunity grants streams to support the delivery of education and awareness projects across the Region.

"Every donor, volunteer, individual and community or corporate partner who chooses to support the Region in the search for a brighter future free of breast cancer is responsible for this record funding success," says Trish Bronsch, CEO Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Prairies/NWT Region. "We want our stakeholders and everyone touched by the breast cancer cause to be confident in the work that the Region methodically selects to support, because the Foundation is investing in innovative research and creative education and awareness programs that are taking us one step closer to our vision of a future without breast cancer."

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Prairies/NWT Region has a structured allocations program, inviting applications for its two distinct grant programs: Research and Community. Each grant program has specific guidelines and criteria which are guided by principles of rigour, accountability, fairness and transparency. Impartial, expert peer reviews thoroughly evaluate, rate and rank the proposals against standardized criteria in both grant programs. Based on a series of internal and external reviews, funding recommendations are put forth to the Region's Board of Directors for approval.

Net proceeds from fundraising events held in the Prairies/NWT Region, such as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure and Batting Against Breast Cancer™ slo-pitch tournaments, together with monies raised through donations, corporate and cause-marketing partnerships and employee giving are used to fund grants such as those announced today at the University of Saskatchewan.

Researchers with the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Cancer Agency have been particularly successful this year, securing 7 of the 24 grants funded this year, totaling close to $2.5 million.

For detailed information about each grant, visit

SOURCE Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

For further information:

Tracy Sopkow
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Prairies/NWT Region
P: 780.221.6451 | E:

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