In 2023, 23,000 Albertans will face a cancer diagnosis. It’s a big number, a big statistic. Gratefully, Alberta Cancer Foundation donors play a pivotal role in improving their outcomes. Case in point; the mortality rate is steadily decreasing, year after year. Survival rates also continue to improve. Progress is happening.
Donors drive these advancements by supporting innovation in detection, treatment and care.
As the official fundraising partner of the 17 Alberta Health Services cancer centres, including the Cross Cancer Institute, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and new Calgary Cancer Centre, the Alberta Cancer Foundation makes life better for Albertans facing cancer by supporting world-class research and patient care, right here in our own backyard.
No matter where you or a loved one hears the words, “you have cancer” you will receive the very best care, close to home. That’s a big deal. It means you and your loved ones can focus on what matters most – healing. And, it’s all thanks to donor support.
Together we are creating more moments for Albertans facing cancer while moving closer and closer to achieving our vision of 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.”