The Silver Lining

The goal of the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Cash and Cars Lottery is to support cancer research and ultimately increase the quality of life of cancer patients across the province

The 2012 Cash and Cars Lottery grand prize winner, Christine Zurburg, knows all too well the challenges that come with living with cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and as tough as that process has been, Zurburg says she had no idea how hard battling the disease would be financially. Having to take time off work for treatment didn’t help.

Zurburg’s cancer journey did get a little easier: she was the winner of a custom dream home in Calgary valued at over $1.3 million. Since she lives in Edmonton and wasn’t looking to relocate, she put the house on the market and it sold that same day. “I really can’t believe that something like this happened to me,” she says.

"I really can’t believe that something like this happened to me"

- Christine Zurburg

The sole reason she purchased the ticket was to support cancer research, she says, adding that the possibility of actually winning anything, let alone the grand prize, never entered her mind.

This is the first time she’s ever won a lottery like this, but supporting cancer research is something she’s been doing for many years.

“I’ve been a very active volunteer for over 10 years now and I’ve always enjoyed meeting people who are trying to make a difference,” she says. “Little did I know that I’d be raising funds to help myself. It’s all been very strange.”

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