Walkers finish their 60-km journey celebrating a $20 million milestone for BC Cancer Foundation

Share | Vancouver, August 14, 2011 - The BC Cancer Foundation announced yesterday that 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 Weekend ended with an emotional closing ceremony after walkers completed the 60 kilometer, two day journey.

Hundreds of volunteers and crew members were 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.

“The generosity and hard work of each participant, countless donors, and volunteers over the inspiring eight year span of this event, has led to great advances towards our vision of a world free from cancer,” said Douglas Nelson, BC Cancer Foundation President and CEO. “Your efforts have helped us move farther than we ever thought possible when this movement began in 2004 to improve the lives of those diagnosed with breast and gynecological cancers. The $20 million dollars invested in cancer research thanks to Weekend participants and donors will continue to make a difference to the more than 22,000 British Columbians who will be diagnosed with cancer this year.”

There is a long list of research discoveries that are tied directly to fundraising from the Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™, making each participant a partner in discovery. These achievements are for each participant, volunteer, and donor to celebrate. Among many projects, Weekend funds have allowed for the advancement of clinical research, providing clinical trials of new life-saving treatments at BC Cancer Agency centres in Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Southern Interior and the Fraser Valley.

“Breast cancer became real for me when my best friend of 30 years was diagnosed in 2008. I was by her side as she underwent treatments, and as she recovered. Two years later I received the same diagnosis” says participant Rebecca Skiffington. “In November I received my final radiation treatment. I’m living proof of how dollars raised through the Weekend have kept BC at the forefront of research and treatment—that’s what motivated me to walk”.

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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