Early detection of cancer gets second $1 million boost from U.S.-based Canary Foundation with gift to BC Cancer Foundation

    Donation announced as Record-Breaking $1.9 million total raised in one
    evening at BC Cancer Foundation Inspiration 2007 Fashion Gala

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - The Canary Foundation, a U.S. non-profit
organization dedicated to funding early detection of cancer, has announced its
second $1 million dollar donation to the BC Cancer Foundation, to be used by
the BC Cancer Agency for research into early detection of cancer.
    "We are thrilled to contribute once again to the promising early
detection research conducted by the BC Cancer Agency," said Don Listwin, who
established Canary Foundation and dedicated it to the early detection of
cancer after he lost his own mother to ovarian cancer in 2001. Listwin
announced the gift while visiting Vancouver from California to attend the BC
Cancer Foundation's Inspiration 2007 Fashion Gala at the Rocky Mountaineer
Station last night.
    Listwin issued a challenge to Gala guests, promising to match their
donations four to one, up to $1 million, resulting in a further $589,000
raised for early detection of ovarian cancer at the BC Cancer Agency during a
spirited live auction. The proceeds for the Fashion Gala itself were over
$300,000 to be used for both breast and ovarian cancer research, bringing the
grand total for the evening, including the Canary donation and challenge, to
an incredible record breaking over $1.9 million.
    "Early detection of cancer is critical, particularly in ovarian cancer,
which is one of the most deadly cancers today, yet is highly curable with
current treatment methods if found early," said BC Cancer Agency president
Simon Sutcliffe. "Funds for early detection research are not readily
available, which is why this donation from the Canary Foundation is so
important. With one in three British Columbians developing cancer in their
lifetime, early detection and prevention must play an integral role in our
cancer control strategy. We are deeply grateful to the Canary Foundation and
to Don Listwin for their generosity and commitment to early detection
    The BC Cancer Agency is a pioneer and world leader in early detection of
cancer. It was the first in the world to introduce the Pap smear for detection
of cervical cancer into the population, resulting in dramatic reductions in
death and incidence of this cancer, and was the first in Canada to introduce a
screening mammography program for breast cancer.
    Fourteen-year ovarian cancer survivor and Inspiration Fashion Gala
committee member Lucy Lukens, wife of the U.S. Consul General in Vancouver,
said, "I am incredibly lucky that my cancer was found early. All women with
ovarian cancer deserve the chance I had."
    Nick Locke, interim CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation said, "We are deeply
grateful to the Canary Foundation and Don Listwin for their extraordinary
generosity of two separate gifts of $1 million." The first donation from the
Canary Foundation to the BC Cancer Foundation was in 2006, for ovarian cancer
early detection research conducted at the BC Cancer Agency's Trev & Joyce
Deeley Research Centre in Victoria.

    The BC Cancer Foundation raises funds to support research and
enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency. The BC Cancer Agency, an agency
of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the
incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the
quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive
cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with
community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including
prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education,
supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care.

    The Canary Foundation, named for the "early detection" role canaries once
played by alerting coal miners of hazardous fumes, is the United States' only
non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the early detection of cancer.
All administrative and overhead costs are underwritten by the Listwin Family
Foundation, allowing 100 percent of contributions to go entirely to early
detection research activities.

For further information:

For further information: BC Cancer Foundation: Penny Noble, APR, Senior
Director Public Affairs, (604) 707-5902, cell (604) 805-5637; Canary
Foundation: Patricia McCowan, Foundations and Northwest Development Director,
(206) 660-0439

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