In 2024, 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 fundraising partner for every Alberta Health Services cancer centres, including the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and the new Arthur J. E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Calgary (opening in 2024), 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,” we help to ensure you receive the very best care, close to home. 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 driving progress toward this reality.
Stories from patients like Michael and Jim are the best demonstration of impact we can provide.
- Michael Kosterman was diagnosed with cancer shortly after moving to Duchess, Alberta. Unfortunately, the cost of Michael’s treatments began to pile up. This added an immense amount of stress to both Michael and his wife Deidra’s situation. So, they turned to the Patient Financial Assistance Program. “The money that we got from the Patient Financial Assistance Program meant that we could eat. It meant that Deidra could travel to visit me in the hospital.”
- Calgarian Jim Fiorentini was diagnosed with Merkel cell carcinoma — a rare and aggressive type of skin cancer, after finding a lump in his back. But he found hope in an immunotherapy clinical trial. Jim continues to share his story to inspire others. “[This clinical trial] means I have more time with my family. It gives me hope that I can live to be a little older than I am now.”