Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women's Cancers participants reach $20 million milestone

benefiting BC Cancer Foundation

Vancouver, August 13, 2011 – Today, the BC Cancer Foundation announced thatva11_day_one_pic Weekend participants have reached a cumulative milestone of $20 million invested in cancer research in its eighth annual Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™. The funds raised by the Weekend over the past eight years have allowed the BC Cancer Foundation to invest in groundbreaking breast and gynecologic cancer research.

After an uplifting Opening Ceremonies at UBC Wolfson Fields, participants embarked on the first 30 kilometres of their scenic walk through the city. Their two-day journey ends Sunday afternoon with an emotional Closing Ceremonies at UBC Wolfson Fields at 3:30 pm. Family, friends, and supporters are invited to greet and cheer on the Walkers as they make their way to the finish.

“A huge thank you and congratulations to the thousands of Weekend participants, supporters and donors, who have joined together over eight consecutive years to make this event a true success,” said Douglas Nelson, BC Cancer Foundation President and CEO. “The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers has invested over $20 million in support of cancer research in B.C. over the past eight years, making a significant impact on our goal to end women’s cancers.”

“Today, we celebrate the Weekend’s enormous success and contributions, on behalf of the Foundation and the 22,000 British Columbians that will be diagnosed with cancer this year, I thank each participant, past and present.”

Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™ funding has helped to enhance patient care by supporting state of the art breast cancer facilities and technologies at the BC Cancer Agency, including the Agency’s first digital mammography machine which provides patients with faster and more accurate breast cancer diagnosis. The creation of the Centre of Excellence in Breast Cancer—an initiative bringing researchers and clinicians together to bring advancements to breast cancer patients quickly—is another result of Weekend funds.


“Dollars from this event led to our discovery that breast cancers are not uniform, rather they are made up of mixtures of cells, each containing different gene mutations,” said Dr. Sam Aparicio, Senior Scientist at the BC Cancer Agency. “This progress in understanding allows us to develop tests and treatments targeted to account for the individual complexities of breast cancer—a huge step forward with a lasting impact on further research and improvements to care.”

The BC Cancer Foundation gratefully acknowledges event sponsors: Shoppers Drug Mart, Royale, Pareto, Red Truck Beer, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Luna, Genesis Security, Global TV, 103.5QMFM, The Beat 94.5.

About The BC Cancer Foundation

The BC Cancer Foundation ( is the bridge that connects philanthropic support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge. As the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province, we enable donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia. We fund with the goal of finding solutions. As an independent charitable organization, we raise funds exclusively for the BC Cancer Agency that support innovative cancer research and compassionate enhancements to patient care.

About The BC Cancer Agency

The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit


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