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2,012 PARTICIPANTS BEGIN DAY TWO OF 60-KM WEEKEND TO END BREAST CANCER WALK RAISING $5.1 MILLION

Walkers will finish the last 30 km of their 60 km journey at the UBC Thunderbird Stadium

(Vancouver, August 19) - 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

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.

(Vancouver, August 18) 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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BC Cancer Foundation clarifies confusion over dancers' donation

VANCOUVER, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - BC Cancer Foundation president and CEO Mary McNeil clarified today that neither the Foundation nor the BC Cancer Agency has refused a donation from the Exotic Dancers for Cancer of Vancouver.

"The BC Cancer Foundation was not offered the proceeds of this group's upcoming fundraising event." McNeil said. "There has been some confusion among the public and the media about the name of the charity - the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, based in Ontario - that turned down the gift."

McNeil explained that many individuals and groups organize fundraising events in support of the BC Cancer Foundation and that all donations go directly and exclusively to fund research and enhancements to patient care at the BC Cancer Agency, the province's cancer control agency.

"BC Cancer Foundation donations benefit all types of cancer and cancer patients right across B.C.," McNeil said. "For example, the Foundation's major fundraising event in August, the Weekend to End Breast Cancer, has raised over $12 million for breast cancer research and programs at the BC Cancer Agency."

"If this group of women were to offer their support to the BC Cancer Foundation we would be proud to accept their donation," McNeil added. "Too many of us are touched by cancer. It affects one in three of us, from all ages and professions, men and women of all ages. What is wonderful is when all of us participate in finding solutions to the disease by contributing to cancer research."

The BC Cancer Foundation is an independent charitable organization founded in 1935, when cancer outcomes in the province were the worst in Canada. Today, B.C. has the best patient outcomes. The Foundation maintains offices in each of the BC Cancer Agency's four centres, on Vancouver Island, the Southern Interior, the Fraser Valley and in Vancouver.

The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provides cancer care for everyone in British Columbia.

To learn more about the BC Cancer Foundation and how you can support cancer research and care at the BC Cancer Agency, visit our website at: http://www.bccancerfoundation.com/ or call toll-free 1-888-906-2873

For further information: Media contact: Penny Noble, APR, Director Communications, BC Cancer Foundation, Tel: (604) 707-5902, Cell: (604) 732-5637

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2105 PARTICIPANTS RAISED $5.5 MILLION IN 60-KILOMETRE
WEEKEND TO END BREAST CANCER
Sunday is 2nd Day in Two Day Event

Walkers will finish the last 30 km of their 60 km journey at Plaza of Nations.

(Vancouver, BC; August 20, 2006) - Yesterday, BC Cancer Foundation announced that 2105 participants raised $5.5 million in The Weekend to End Breast Cancer, a two-day, 60 kilometre walk to raise funds for breast cancer research in Vancouver. This is the third annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer walk in Vancouver, a multi-day event that has raised over $17 million to date. The fourth annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation is already planned for August 17-19, 2007.

Perhaps a little weary from their 30 kilometre trek the day before, participants in The Weekend to End Breast Cancer, had no problem finding the drive and determination to get up early this morning and continue on the last 30 kilometres of their 60 kilometre journey.

Walkers set out early yesterday morning after a moving Opening Ceremony at Plaza of Nations. Hours later, they arrived at a “Tent City” erected at Killarney Park, where they were greeted by hot showers, meals and entertainment. Hundreds of Volunteers and Crew members are on hand over the course of the two day event to provide support at every level including meals, water and snack stops, gear transport, portable restrooms, safety on the streets, and comprehensive medical services.

“It takes a tremendous amount of planning and hundreds of Volunteers - to be able to look after so many participants and ensure their safety as they wind their way through the city over a two day period,” said Nick Locke, senior VP of development at the BC Cancer Foundation and an event participant. “We’ve worked with local authorities with regard to the route and street safety; we’re 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.”

“Already we have seen the impact of these funds on our research,” said Dr. Sam Aparicio, internationally renowned breast cancer researcher at the BC Cancer Agency. “One example is we were able to save a unique breast tumour archive, which has sparked international collaboration, with the BC Cancer Agency taking the lead. We are looking at over 2000 cases of breast cancer to try and understand how many types of breast cancer there are. This has implications in learning more about differing risk factors and prevention.”

 “Proceeds from the event also enabled us to host the first international workshop of The Weekend to End Breast Cancer scientists here in Vancouver last year,” Dr.Aparicio added.

In addition to the funds raised, The Weekend to End Breast Cancer is important in generating awareness about breast cancer. The BC Cancer Foundation also hopes to build awareness and expand its donor base to maximize funding for BC Cancer Agency research and care programs. 

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefits the BC Cancer Foundation, an independent charitable organization which directly and exclusively supports research and enhancements to care throughout B.C., at the BC Cancer Agency. The BC Cancer Agency, an international leader in the fight against cancer, 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 now as a participant for next year, please contact (604) 684-WALK(9255), or sign up online.

Contact:
Kenn Hamlin, Communications Manager
The Weekend to End Breast Cancer
T: (604) 684-WALK(9255)
khamlin@endcancer.ca

For non-media questions about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, please contact (604) 684-WALK(9255), or sign up online here.