One in two Albertans will hear the words “you have cancer” in their lifetime. Seventy years ago, those words would have been devastating, as overall survival from a cancer diagnosis was around 25 per cent. Thanks to donor commitment and investment into research, the overall survival now sits at more than 60 per cent.
It’s real progress and it’s thanks to donors. And with brilliant minds right here in Alberta, novel treatment ideas, and accelerated technology, our research partners believe we are on the cusp of significant advancements.
Donors drive these advancements, this world-class treatment and care, right here at home.
As the official, province-wide cancer fundraising partner for Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Cancer Foundation supports the province’s 17 cancer centres, including the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, as well as every cancer clinical trial that takes place in Alberta. This positively impacts all patients as close to home as possible, no matter where they live.
Our purpose is to create more moments for Albertans facing cancer by inspiring our community to give to innovation in detection, treatment and care.
Our vision is a cancer-free future. Every donor plays a part in getting us closer to this reality.
Stories from patients like Chris and Lorne are the best demonstration of impact we can provide.
- Chris Brochu remembers the blow his stage 4 metastatic melanoma diagnosis had on him and his family. The once active thirty-three-year-old was eventually faced with a grim prognosis of four weeks to live. Thanks to donors, a clinical trial in immunotherapy gave Chris new hope – and this novel option worked. Now, five years after his diagnosis, Chris is cancer-free. “Cancer research saved my life and I am forever grateful for immunotherapy.”
- What was to be a regular check-up was instead news that Lorne Cochrane had only one year left. But the otherwise healthy 52-year-old was thrown a life-line – an immunotherapy clinical trial. And the treatment saved his life. Today, Lorne continues to share his story to inspire others. “Probably the most rewarding thing about living through this is realizing that [other patients] aren’t going home and living in doom and gloom,” says Lorne. “There is hope.”