Alberta Cancer Foundation

We Need to Catch our Breath. Thanks to You.

Just a few of our nearly 4000 community events.

Participants at our various events across Alberta

 

We're all over the province this summer, driving progress towards a cancer-free future. Thank you to the more than 200,000 volunteers, participants, sponsors and donors, that dedicate so much of themselves to impact Albertans facing cancer.

Together, we've busted a move, cycled hundreds of kilometers, undressed to impress, gotten down-and-dirty in the mud, or participated in, fundraised for, or volunteered at, one of over 400 events across Alberta. Not a weekend goes by without us cheering on another challenge, and through these events, our donors have raised more than $18.9 million towards research, screening, prevention and enhanced care for cancer patients across the province.

Below are four of our 400 community events. Click on the graphic to see how each event is changing lives.

Joe's Team Triathlon brough together "regular Joe's" for a day of swimming, riding and running. On August 10th-11th cyclists will ride more than 200kms for The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer This August, over 100 riders will be saddling up their horses for Wild Pink Yonder For the last 11 years donors have attended the annual Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic

Joe's Team Triathlon

Joe's Team Triathlon

This past June, Joe's Team Triathlon brought together "regular Joe's" for a day of swimming, cycling, and running while raising funds for head and neck cancer research through the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Over the last three years, Joe's Team participants have raised over $468,000.

This year, Joe's Team Triathlon raised an incredible $138,000. Because of Joe's Team participants and donors, patients can now continue to take part in an innovative fitness research project that helps them combat fatigue, weight loss, and loss of physical ability "the most common and difficult side effects of cancer treatment" in a personalized and supportive environment. That's real progress for Albertans, thanks to you.

"The funds we have received from Joe's Team Triathlon have been fundamental to the program and the research that we do," says Lauren Capozzi, PHD MD Student, Study Coordinator, ENHANCE Program "It is amazing that these Joe's Team participants work so hard to raise funds and complete the triathlon or duathlon and in turn, are enabling head and neck cancer patients that same opportunity: to build strength, recover, and live well."

This year Joe's Team Triathlon raised an incredible $138,000

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

Almost 2000 riders were set to hit the highway on June 22, when the devastating flood hit Southern Alberta, forcing The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer to be postponed. Look for those cyclists on August 10th and 11th as we ride more than 200kms in two days to power life-saving research and discovery of new cancer therapies at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cross Cancer Institute and 15 other cancer centres across the province.

Alberta's largest cycling fundraiser, The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer has raised over $30 million towards a cancer-free future.This year, funds from the Ride will go towards supporting important programs like clinical trials, the Tomorrow Project and the Alberta Cervical Cancer Screening Program.

Not only do the cancer centres across the province benefit from the money raised at the Ride, but this year the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and the Jack Ady Cancer Centre in Lethbridge will be well represented on their bikes. Dr. Jan-Willem Henning was instrumental in assembling a dream team of 26 riders last year called the Tom Baker Cancer Conquerers. They raised $100,000 to fund such initiatives as clinical trials at the centre.

A medical oncologist, Henning says that a focus on clinical trials will help advance research and provide even better care for patients. “Clinical trials give patients the opportunity of more and potentially better options of treatment, but in the big picture bringing us one step closer in finding the cure.”

The 2013 Tom Baker Cancer Conquerers are definitely building on last year’s successes. More than 70 riders are part of the team with an increased fundraising goal of $250,000. They have also added a few hard-working co-captains to the mix: Michael Civatella, executive director of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and EFW Radiology neurologist, Dr. Carla Wallace.

Good luck to all riders at this years Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer!

Over the last three years The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer has raised over $25.3 million towards a cancer-free future for Albertans.

Wild Pink Yonder

Wild Pink Yonder

This August, Wild Pink Yonder will be embarking on a 500km journey through 23 towns across Alberta, while raising vital money for breast cancer research at the Cross Cancer Institute.Participants seek pledges to travel by wagon or horseback, stopping each night to camp out in the countryside, or in small 'pinkified' towns along the way.

“As we ride around the province, I am always astounded by the support we receive from other Albertan families affected by breast cancer,” said Jane Hurl, Wild Pink Yonder event organizer and breast cancer survivor. “I’ve spoken with many women who, like me, have experienced their own cancer journey- the disbelief, the fears, the dread. But in 2009, I decided we needed to change that; to ensure that our wives, sisters, and most importantly, our daughters and granddaughters, will not have to go through that same experience. That’s why my wagon rolls- to work towards a future free of cancer.”

In just three years, these extraordinary donors and their four-legged partners have raised over $361,000 and have helped fund more than 50 breast cancer research projects across the province, allowing cancer researchers to make significant discoveries in prevention and treatment options for Alberta cancer patients.

These extraordinary donors and their four-legged partners have raised over $361,000 and have helped bring two state-of-the-art digital mammography screening units to Alberta rural communities.

Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic

Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic

For the last 11 years, enthusiastic Alberta Cancer Foundation donors have descended upon the town of Boyle for the annual Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic.

Fourteen years ago, TSN sports anchor Bryan Mudryk's life took a dramatic turn when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He faced cancer courageously -not once, but twice- enduring intensive treatment and undergoing a bone marrow transplant. Today, Bryan is cancer-free and along with his mother, Terry Mudryk-Harbarenko, is committed to raising funds for the Cross Cancer Institute.

This marked a record-setting year for the Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic as it raised over $2150,000 and reached the $1 million mark overall.

This year, the event funded a High-Speed Nikon 3D Microscope for the Alberta Cancer Foundation's Frank and Carla Sojonky Chair in Prostate Cancer Research, Dr. John Lewis. Dr. Lewis and his team are developing a drug that behaves like "tumour glue" which can be applied to all metastatic cancers and will prevent tumour cells from detaching and spreading. Because tumour glue targets cancer cells that could spread, tracking its effectiveness can assist with predicting metastases.

"If we can use "smart" drugs that home in on tumours, we can dramatically decrease side effects for patients, lower the chance of recurrence, and hopefully increase the cancer survival rate," says Dr. Lewis.

This equipment will allow Dr. Lewis and his team to test the effectiveness of the tumour glue drug at a finite resolution in real-time so that staff can precisely view when and where the cells attempt to detach. This new microscope will also allow researchers to more accurately measure the impact of the tumour glue drug on metastatic cancers.

 

This marked a record-setting year for the Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic as it raised $260,000 and reached the $1 million mark overall.


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