Canadian Cancer Society powers up on cancer research

    TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - Canada's largest national charitable funder of
cancer research announces today that it will streamline and strengthen the way
it funds cancer research by integrating with the National Cancer institute of
Canada (NCIC), its long-time research partner.
    "Over its 70-year history, the Canadian Cancer Society has dedicated a
large portion of Canadians' donations to research," says Jimm Simon, Chair of
the Society's Board of Directors. "In 1947 we created and subsequently
partnered with the NCIC to fund world-renowned cancer research. By working
together in the past, we've driven remarkable changes in reducing the burden
of cancer.
    "Today, we make a new promise. Our revitalized organization will bring
cancer researchers, volunteers and donors together like never before. It will
stimulate bold, new conversations and at the same time build on the strong
scientific foundation that has been the hallmark of the NCIC."
    "The cancer research community recognizes and celebrates the Society's
leadership role," says Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer, a member of the Society's
Board of Directors and former President of the NCIC. "This new dynamic
organization will showcase and foster cancer research, across the entire
spectrum and of the highest excellence, as a national core business of the
    "We intend to create tremendous new energy and capacity in fundraising so
we can invest even more in cancer research and accelerate progress to
eradicate cancer," says Simon.
    The new research arm of the Canadian Cancer Society is called the
Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute. Dr. Barbara Whylie, currently CEO
of the Society and the NCIC, is President and CEO of the newly integrated
organization. Last year the Society funded $49.5 million in leading-edge
cancer research projects across the country. In addition to research, the
Society provides prevention, advocacy, information and support services.
    The changes were effective 1 February 2009.

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community based organization
whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality
of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer,
visit our website at or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer
Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For further information:

For further information: Alexa Giorgi, Bilingual Communications
Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society, (416) 934-5681

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