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1,600 RAISE OVER $4.1 MILLION FOR BREAST CANCER IN 60-KM WALK

 

Breast cancer research, treatment and care at the BC Cancer Agency to benefit from millions raised in two-day walk.

 

(Sept. 6, 2008, Vancouver) Today, the BC Cancer Foundation announced that 1,600 participants raised over $4.1 million in its fifth annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer. The Vancouver-based event is the largest breast cancer fundraiser in British Columbia. Events in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 generated net revenue of over $13 million. The sixth annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer is already planned for August 14 -16, 2009.

After an uplifting opening ceremony at the UBC Rugby Field, participants embarked on the first 30 km of their walk through the city. Tonight, they camp at Killarney Park where Biff Naked will be performing while they rest-up and prepare for Sunday’s final 30 km. Their weekend journey ends with an emotional Closing Ceremony at the UBC Thunderbird Stadium at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Family, friends, and supporters are invited to greet and cheer on the Walkers as they make their way to the finish.

“Everyone participating this weekend is a true hero in the fight against breast cancer. Yesterday, we had more than 80 kids join us for our first-ever KidsK benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation, a 2.5km/5km walk and they raised over $20,000 for research into childhood cancers at the BC Cancer Agency,” says Nick Locke, Senior Vice President of Development at the BC Cancer Foundation. “It’s great to see so many youth take such a strong initiative and make a real impact on critical cancer research in this province. We hope everyone will help us make next year’s event just as successful by registering now for the 2009 Weekend to End Breast Cancer.”

“The Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation is helping us build a world-class breast cancer research program in British Columbia. Thanks to these walkers and their donors we’ve acquired specialized equipment and funds for research projects that otherwise would not be happening here in B.C.,” says Dr. Sam Aparicio, head of breast cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency.

Weekend to End Breast Cancer funding of over $13 million over the past four years has played a crucial role in many projects at the BC Cancer Agency. Over this past year the funds have been used to support breast clinical trials across the province, the establishment of a Chair in Breast Reconstructive Surgery and a new international research study that will result in a better understanding of the many different types of breast cancer, leading to more targeted treatments and improved breast cancer survival rates.

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefits the BC Cancer Foundation, which raises funds to support research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency, an international leader in the fight against cancer. The BC Cancer Agency has developed a breast cancer research program built on its unique strength in translational research and its province-wide cancer control system. The BC Cancer Agency is also dedicated to early detection of breast cancer — a critical factor in improving patient outcomes. With cancer survival rates better than any other province in Canada, the BC Cancer Agency has become a model for cancer care and control around the world.

For more information about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, contact (604) 684-WALK (9255), or sign up online at www.endcancer.ca. Visit Opening Ceremonies, Camp or Closing Ceremonies and register on-site for 2009!

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2,012 PARTICIPANTS RAISE $5.1 MILLION IN 60-KILOMETRE WALK FOR BREAST CANCER

Final Day of Breast Cancer Walk as 2,012 Participants Take Last Steps of Their 60 km!

(Vancouver, August 19, 2007) Yesterday, the BC Cancer Foundation announced that 2,012 participants raised $5.1 million in Vancouver’s 4th annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer event, a 60 kilometre walk to raise funds for breast cancer research and care at the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA). The fifth annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation is already planned for September 5-7, 2008.

Prior to the launch of The Weekend to End Breast Cancer event in Vancouver, BC Cancer Foundation could only invest less than $200,000 a year in breast cancer research and programming. Proceeds from The Weekend to End Breast Cancer event have enabled BC Cancer Foundation to invest $10 million over the last three years in breast cancer initiatives.

“We are extremely grateful and appreciate everyone’s involvement in the Weekend as they display what it means to be a hero,” says Nick Locke, Interim CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation. “Months of planning go into this event with regard to the route and street safety; providing plenty of pit stops for walkers to re-hydrate and refuel; and we’ve got a great volunteer medical response team on hand at all times to help with blisters, dehydration, or any other medical issues.”

Walkers set out early yesterday morning after an uplifting Opening Ceremonies at the UBC Thunderbird Stadium. Hours later, they arrived at a “Tent City” erected at Killarney Park, where they were greeted by hot showers, meals and entertainment. Perhaps a little weary from their 30 kilometre trek the day before, participants had no problem finding the drive to get up early this morning and continue on the last 30 kilometres to the finish line. Many walked in memory or to support others battling breast cancer.

Hundreds of Volunteers and Crew Members are on hand to provide support over the course of the two day event including meals, water and snack stops, gear transport, portable restrooms, safety on the streets, and comprehensive medical services.

“This multi-day event is for people wanting to do something bold in the fight against breast cancer,” says Dr. Karen Gelmon, Head of the BC Provincial Breast Tumour Group. “Progress in research needs a sustained commitment over years to combat breast cancer and we are truly grateful for the continued support from so many walkers and donors. The funds raised have allowed us support otherwise under-funded areas of research. For example, with funds we are now employing research nurses and other staff in the regional centres, who can both approach patients about participation in research and provide supportive care to women who are navigating through the care process at the BCCA.”

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefits the BC Cancer Foundation, which raises funds to support research and enhancements to care throughout B.C., at the BC Cancer Agency. The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority is an international leader in the fight against cancer,  and has developed a breast cancer research program built on the Agency's unique strength in translational research and its province-wide cancer control system. The BC Cancer Agency is also dedicated to early detection of breast cancer — a critical factor in improving patient outcomes. With cancer survival rates better than any other province in Canada, the BC Cancer Agency has become a model for cancer care and control around the world.

For more information about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, please contact (604) 684-9255, or sign up online at www.endcancer.ca. Visit Opening Ceremonies, Camp or Closing Ceremonies and register on-site for 2008!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Kate Harbinson, Communications Coordinator
T: 877.500.7545

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2,012 PARTICIPANTS RAISE $5.1 MILLION IN 60-KILOMETRE WALK FOR BREAST CANCER

BC Cancer Foundation benefits from millions raised by participants in two-day walk. Cancer Foundation benefits from millions raised by participants in two-day walk.

Today, the BC Cancer Foundation announced that 2,012 participants raised $5.1 million in its annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer event. This multi-day event is the largest single-event breast cancer fundraiser in BC. The fifth annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer in Vancouver is already planned for September 5-7, 2008.

Prior to the launch of The Weekend to End Breast Cancer event in Vancouver, BC Cancer Foundation could only invest less than $200,000 a year in breast cancer research and programming. Thanks to proceeds from The Weekend to End Breast Cancer event, BC Cancer Foundation has been able to invest $10 million over the last three years in breast cancer initiatives right here in the province.

“We’re so grateful to the 2,012 courageous women and men walking this weekend, and to all the volunteers, donors, and truly the entire community for their amazing support,” said Nick Locke, Interim CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation. “Thanks to their commitment to this event and fighting breast cancer here in B.C., we are 50 years ahead of where we were prior to this event in terms of breast cancer funding. Walkers are funding critical research initiatives and patient programs that save lives. Let’s make next year’s event just as successful, register for The Weekend to End Breast Cancer 2008 at www.endcancer.ca or call 604.684.9255.”

“We are now in the fourth year of this amazing event, which has motivated many thousands of supporters to make a huge commitment to help end breast cancer,” says Dr. Sam Aparicio, Chair of breast cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency. “The funds raised through this event for the BC Cancer Agency have stimulated new research directions in both clinical and lab research. This research addresses questions we have about the disease and allows us to explore for instance the many types of breast cancer in existence and how we define which types respond to which treatments.”

After moving Opening Ceremonies at UBC Thunderbird Stadium, participants embark on the first 30 kilometers of their walk. Tonight, they camp at Killarney Park, as they rest up for the final 30 kilometres on Sunday, taking them through more of Vancouver’s scenic neighbourhoods. Their weekend journey ends tomorrow with inspiring Closing Ceremonies at the UBC Thunderbird Stadium at 4:00pm. Family, friends, and supporters are invited to greet and cheer on the Walkers as they make their way to the finish.

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefits the BC Cancer Foundation, which raises funds to support research and enhancements to care throughout B.C., at the BC Cancer Agency. The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority is an international leader in the fight against cancer,  and has developed a breast cancer research program built on the Agency's unique strength in translational research and its province-wide cancer control system. The BC Cancer Agency is also dedicated to early detection of breast cancer — a critical factor in improving patient outcomes. With cancer survival rates better than any other province in Canada, the BC Cancer Agency has become a model for cancer care and control around the world.

 For more information about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, please contact (604) 684-9255, or sign up online at www.endcancer.ca. Visit Opening Ceremonies, Camp or Closing Ceremonies and register on-site for 2008!

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