Largest fundraiser for women's cancers in Alberta brings together
thousands of supporters to fund breakthrough research and discovery of
new cancer therapies for women's cancers at The Tom Baker Cancer
Centre, Cross Cancer Institute and 15 cancer centres across Alberta
CALGARY, July 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End
Women's Cancers™ announced $1.8 million raised for the Alberta Cancer
Foundation as the 8th annual Weekend commenced Saturday at Currie Barracks in Calgary.
Weekend participants will walk over 60 km in two days; this includes an
overnight camp and closing ceremonies on Sunday at Currie Barracks.
"We are most grateful and congratulate everyone involved with making our
8th annual Weekend such a success," said Myka Osinchuk, CEO of the Alberta
"The Alberta Cancer Foundation has set out on a mission to achieve a
cancer-free future for all Albertans. This year in Alberta, 1,950
women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 270 with gynecological.
Funds raised by The Weekend are put to use immediately, and support
cutting-edge research, the development of new therapies and prevention
programs for breast, cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancers at the
Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cross Cancer Institute and 15 other cancer
centres in this province," Osinchuk added.
The Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women's Cancers™ is the largest
fundraiser for women's cancers in the history of Alberta and in eight
years has raised $47 million for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. The
Weekend brings together communities of survivors, their families and
friends who spend months fundraising and training for the two-day walk.
"I am 25-years-old and I have breast cancer," said Ashley Hart of
"Because of a rare, mutated gene called BRCA1, I'm at greater risk for
developing breast and ovarian cancers. I am just so grateful for The
Weekend, because the vital funds it has raised over the years have
enabled researchers and doctors to significantly enhance my specific
treatment and care options here at the Tom Baker Cancer Center. These
enhancements to my personal care just would not have been possible
otherwise," added Hart.
Funds raised by the Weekend support a range of programs in Edmonton and
Calgary, including the creation of a Chair in Breast Cancer Research,
more than 80 breakthrough breast and gynecologic research and
prevention programs, state-of-the-art digital technology and two mobile
screening facilities offering mammograms for women in more than 100
rural communities, as well as financial assistance that support
patients and families in need during treatment.
"The dollars raised by Weekend participants enable crucial funding for
our 'Beta Trial,' which studies how exercise can directly impact a
woman's chances of developing breast cancer," said Dr. Christine
Friedenreich who was recently awarded the Weekend to End Women's Cancer
Chair in Breast Cancer Research.
"Thanks to the Weekend funds, we are advancing our prevention programs,
reaching more women and reducing the incidence of breast cancer in
Alberta," added Friedenreich.
Weekend organizers expect hundreds of people to attend public cheering
stations along the route. For a map of The Weekend route or to get
more information, visit www.endcancer.ca.
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SOURCE: WEWC/RTCC/UA events c/o CauseForce
For further information:
Borjana Slipicevic, Western PR Coordinator