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Lynne Hudson
CEO

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Susan Ewanick

Susan Ewanick
Chair, Board of Directors
(June 2014 – September 2015)

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Your support means everything

With your support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is driving real change by funding leading edge breast cancer research, education, and advocacy programs. Today we are proud to be the largest charitable funder of breast cancer research in Canada, with more than $300 million invested in grants and fellowships.

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Real People, Real Results

In fiscal 2015, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation allocated $25 million towards cause-related work, including breast cancer research grants, fellowships and community health grants, and health promotion and education programs.

How we fund research

Each year, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation directs millions of dollars to breast cancer research and community projects through its granting programs.

Our grant applications are peer-reviewed by a panel of experts to ensure that every donor dollar supports only the most promising breast cancer research and community projects.

Each reviewer spends hours ahead of time reviewing grants, and for applications where they are assigned, writing a detailed report describing strengths and weaknesses of the proposal. These expert volunteers score and prioritize all applications and as a panel recommend to us which ones should get funded.

Ultimately, we believe that all of our cause-related investments take us closer to our vision of creating a future without breast cancer.

Finding Cancer-killing Capabilities in Traditional Medicinal Plants

Dr. Christopher Gray - University of New Brunswick
Jennifer Palmer - Daughter of Breast Cancer Survivor

Patient-tailored Treatments for Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Dr. Eldad Zacksenhaus - University Health Network
Elaine Pearson - Breast Cancer Survivor

Teaching the Body’s Natural Immune System to Fight Tumours

Dr. David Brindley - University of Alberta
Holly Bailey - Breast Cancer Survivor

Understanding Barriers to Accessing Breast Reconstruction

Dr. Toni Zhong - University Health Network
Janet Boyle - Breast Cancer Survivor

Year in Review Highlights

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is a national organization and the largest charitable funder of breast cancer research in Canada.  It is through the support of sponsors, participants and volunteers across the country that we can continue to do the work that we do and invest in research that is making a difference. Addressing the needs of Canadians and supporting our community is vital to our organization. Here is a coast-to-coast look at some of our initiatives over the past year.

All BC / YUKON Prairies / NWT Ontario Atlantic
WildLife

The 2015 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Wild Lilies Gala

The premiere fundraising event in BC / Yukon is the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Wild Lilies Gala.

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BC / Yukon Region
batting against breast cancer

Batting Against Breast Cancer

Batting Against Breast Cancer is a family friendly, community-led slo-pitch tournament in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Prairies / NWT Region
Sobeys

Partnership with Sobeys Atlantic

Imagine feeding all of Run for the Cure participants across Atlantic Canada in one day? Sobeys does just this.

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Atlantic Region
Culinary Showdown

Culinary Showdown

Foodies, fundraising, and Food Network celebrity chefs come together for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation KitchenAid Cook for the Cure Culinary Showdown.

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Ontario Region
Shoppers

Partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart

This past year, Shoppers Drug Mart partnered with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – BC / Yukon Region on an initiative to bring the province’s vital screening program to every woman in the region.

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BC / Yukon Region
community engagement

Breast Health 101- Living Well Workshops and Community Event Activations

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Living Well Workshop is the cornerstone of our breast health program, designed to help inform, equip and enable women to make sustained lifestyle changes for their breast health while engaging, supporting and drawing inspiration from other women.

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Ontario Region
Go Auto

Go Auto’s Go for the Cure

In its second year, Go Auto supported the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness month with its Go for the Cure campaign.

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Prairies / NWT Region
Pink in the rink

Pink In the Rink

For more than five years, Pink in the Rink has been creating awareness and raising funds at hockey rinks for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region.

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Atlantic Region
Slopitch

10th Annual Lucking Memorial Slo-Pitch Tournament

The Lucking family of Carman, Manitoba has gathered the first weekend of July every year for the past decade for the Annual...

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Prairies / NWT Region
Improving health

Exercise After Breast Cancer

Women are benefiting from ‘after breast cancer’ exercise programs across Atlantic Canada, with support from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region.

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Atlantic Region
CommunityAwards

2015 Community Celebration Awards

On April 19th, we held our 8th annual Community Celebration Event at the Royal York Hotel to close out National Volunteer Week and thank our exceptional volunteer community.

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Ontario Region
WildLife

Beyond the Lab

Beyond the Lab brought our researchers, donors and supporters together for an intimate and interactive evening of discussion, engagement and information.

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BC / Yukon Region
Don't Forget to Check

Don't Forget to Check

You’re never too young to understand the importance of breast health and how your breasts should look and feel.

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BC / Yukon Region
Nights of Honour

Nights of Honour

The success of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is thanks to a devoted group of supporters who share in our vision of creating a future without breast cancer.

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Prairies / NWT Region
Grow Your Flow

Grow Your Flow

The Grow Your Flow program supports the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation when hockey players take the pledge to grow their hair until they’ve reached their fundraising goal.

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Ontario Region
Pacing in Pink

Pacing in Pink

Last year, 32-year old Jennifer Lewandowski found a lump in her breast. This came as a surprise to the extremely healthy Ironman athlete, so after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Atlantic Region
Breast Health Education

Breast Health Education in Action

We launched a new outreach program across the Prairies this past year called Breast Health 101.

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Prairies / NWT Region

National Initiatives Overview 2015

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation brings together members of the breast cancer community from across the country. Our national research programs unite the best and brightest researchers in the field, and our fundraising initiatives galvanize patients, survivors, families, friends and entire communities in the pursuit of our vision of creating a future without breast cancer - because we are all in this together.

CIBC

A Message from CIBC

For nearly two decades, Team CIBC has helped grow the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure into the largest single day, volunteer-led event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer in Canada. This relationship is the gold standard for cause partnerships.

CIBC’s involvement started at a grassroots level in support of a colleague with breast cancer. Recognizing the passion its employees had for this cause, CIBC became title sponsor in 1997. Since then, CIBC employees, their families, clients and friends have raised $39 million through pledges, fundraising efforts and events.

In 2015, CIBC continues as presenting sponsor of the Wall of Hope, inviting Canadians to write inspirational messages and honour loved ones who have been impacted by breast cancer on a dedicated “Wall of Hope” in any of its 1,100 branches across Canada, online and at every Run site.

“As a long-time partner with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, we've seen how the power of hope can make a difference to the women living with breast cancer and to their loved ones,” says Christina Kramer, CIBC Executive Vice President, and its Executive Run Sponsor. “Hope brings more than 125,000 Canadians together each year for the CIBC Run for the Cure with the shared goal to create a future without this disease.”

Each year, 15,000 members of Team CIBC join thousands of Canadians in helping to create a future without breast cancer through their participation in the CIBC Run for the Cure in over 60 communities across Canada.

In 2014, over 60 communities across Canada walked and ran together raising more than $25 million for breast cancer research and education programs.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest single-day, volunteer-led event in Canada bringing together families friends, colleagues and whole communities in support of breast cancer patients and survivors, and in memory of those we have lost.

CIBC Run for cure

Stand Up To Cancer Canada (SU2C)

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer Canada, with the support of CIBC, have joined forces along with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research to fund a Breast Cancer Dream Team. This initiative is designed to accelerate advances in research by establishing a collaborative translational research team who will mobilize their expertise to bring the most promising new therapies to patients. Applications to this competition underwent a rigorous review process with world class researcher reviewers before selecting the winning team.

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National Research Initiative

Breast cancer in young women research competition

Despite the fact that breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths in women 20 to 40 years of age, little research has been done specifically on breast cancer in younger women. It is estimated that 25,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

In June 2014, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, in partnership with Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR), awarded $5.7 million to an interdisciplinary, integrated research program co-led by Dr. Steven Narod of Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and Dr. May Lynn Quan from the University of Calgary. Their research program brings together a number of projects into a single integrated program spanning the multiple disciplines of breast cancer research to support a holistic, "whole woman" approach.

A truly pan-Canadian research effort, the program involves 62 researchers at 44 institutions and clinics from nine provinces and one territory. By bringing the best minds in breast cancer research together, this program will help us better understand the unique biology of breast cancer in women under 40 and its implications for prevention, risk reduction, and delivering care that addresses their distinct needs.

This funding is one of the largest amounts ever granted in Canada to the study of breast cancer in young women and the program is among the largest ever undertaken in this area. Research efforts play an important role in women’s health and well-being and this project will result in real improvements for the young women who will face this diagnosis.

"Almost two years ago, I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the Breast Cancer in Young Women Workshop where this research competition was conceived. Today, it’s a joy to see the outcome of this competition and I’m excited to see what will come from this incredible research program. I was 23 years old when I was diagnosed; I’m proof that there’s no age too young for breast cancer to affect someone.” 

- Alicia Tait, 28, breast cancer survivor and mother of two

Ask an Expert

On October 15, 2014, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's Ask an Expert, presented by CTV, connected viewers with breast cancer experts from coast to coast during a one-day live chat event.

CTV Morning Live and Canada AM hosts interviewed local CBCF-funded researchers about a wide variety of topics in the field of breast cancer research. Then, our panel of experts answered questions about breast cancer and breast health. Due to the overwhelming response from participants, the CBCF Ask an Expert live chat was extended for an additional 30 minutes and over 280 questions were submitted during the event.

“As a researcher, Ask an Expert reinforced for me the reason why I do this. I always urge my students to speak with survivors, so that they remember why we’re here.”

- Dr. David Hoskin

Learn more about our researchers

  • Dr. David Brindley

    Dr. David Brindley

    Prairies/NWT Region

    Dr. David Brindley obtained his BSc, PhD and DSc from the University of Birmingham, UK. After performing postdoctoral fellowships in Birmingham and Harvard University, he worked at the University of Nottingham, UK. His research concentrated on metabolism in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and he was promoted to become a Full Professor. Dr. Brindley was recruited to the University of Alberta in 1988 as a Professor of Biochemistry. His research interests focus on how lipid molecules regulate whether cells live or die.
    He investigates signals that promote the growth and spread (metastases) of breast tumours and why breast cancer patients often fail to respond to treatment. Being able to overcome these problems would provide major advances in breast cancer treatment. David is the Director of the Signal Transduction Research Group. He has published 271 research articles and his work was acknowledged by being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is presently on the executive committee, which is organizing the establishment of the new Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta.
    Dr David Brindley
  • Dr. Kristin Campbell

    Dr. Kristin Campbell

    BC/Yukon Region

    Dr. Kristin Campbell is a physical therapist and cancer scientist. Her research interests are focused on the role of physical activity across the cancer experience, namely in prevention, rehabilitation from cancer treatments and cancer survivorship. She has investigated the role of physical activity in cancer prevention by examining the effect of exercise on proposed biomarkers of breast and colon cancer risk, such as sex hormones, inflammatory markers and tissue protein expression.
    In terms of rehabilitation from cancer treatment and cancer survivors, her research has focused on examining the benefits of physical activity on physical function, quality of life, fatigue and lymphedema, and is interested in starting to examine the emerging evidence for the role of physical activity in lowering risk of cancer recurrence.
    Dr. Kristin Campbell
  • Dr. Francisco Cayabyab

    Dr. Francisco Cayabyab

    Prairies/NWT Region

    Dr. Francisco Cayabyab is an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Physiology.
    As a 2013 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation research grant recipient, Dr. Cayabyab is using cutting-edge imaging technology, biochemical and electrophysiological techniques, and human breast cancer cells to determine how estrogen triggers HERG expression and cancer cell growth to ultimately identify new anti-cancer drug targets that inhibit breast tumors.
    Dr. Francisco Cayabyab
  • Dr. Stephen Chia

    Dr. Stephen Chia

    BC/Yukon Region

    Dr. Stephen Chia is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, UBC and a staff oncologist with the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA). Dr. Chia serves as Chair for the BC Breast Tumour Group and is a physician coordinator for both the breast cancer and head and neck cancer clinical trials at BCCA.
    He is currently the Chair of Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation BC/Yukon Region’s Research Grants Committee. Dr. Chia was awarded a CBCF postgraduate fellowship in breast cancer research in 1998. He credits the fellowship program to helping him establish his career in becoming one of the most prominent breast cancer researchers in the province.
    Dr. Stephen Chia
  • Dr. James Davie

    Dr. James Davie

    Prairies/NWT Region

    Leading a team based out of the University of Manitoba, Dr. Davie and his lab are researching alternative RNA splicing, which contributes to the genesis of breast cancer, through this Foundation-funded project.
    Understanding the epigenetic – splicing relationship and the impact of epigenetic modifiers will lead to the genesis of improved therapies in breast cancer.
    Dr. James Davie
  • Dr. James Davie

    Dr. David Hoskin

    Atlantic Region

    Dr. David Hoskin obtained his Ph.D. in Immunology from McGill University. He received Postdoctoral training in Tumor Immunology at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute. In 1989, Dr. Hoskin joined the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University where he lectures on Immunology and Cancer Biology. His research program is supported by agencies such as NSERC and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region.

    Currently Dr. Hoskin holds the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Region Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Research and is a member of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region board of directors. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Cancer Letters. Dr. Hoskin has authored over 130 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.?
    Dr. Hoskin
  • Dr. Alan Underhill

    Dr. Alan Underhill

    Prairies/NWT Region

    Dr. Alan Underhill is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology/Division of Experimental Oncology at The University of Alberta. He holds the Mary Johnston Chair in Melanoma Research. The Underhill Laboratory examines “chromatin”- this is what the genetic material we inherit from our parents is packaged as to fit within a cell. This packaging ensures genetic material is properly used and maintained.
    Cancer cells have come up with numerous ways to use the chromatin packaging material to their own end, exploiting some to promote uncontrolled growth and getting rid of those that resist this process. Dr. Underhill and his team conduct experiments to figure out how breast cancer cells re-write this chromatin material using biochemical, genetic, molecular, and cell-imaging approaches. Dr. Underhill also works closely with medical specialists to evaluate the clinical significance of his team’s research findings.
    Dr. Alan Underhill
  • Dr. Martin Yaffe

    Dr. Martin Yaffe

    Ontario Region

    Dr. Yaffe is a Professor in the departments of Medical Biophysics and Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto and a Senior Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute where he holds the Tory Family Chair in Cancer Research in the Imaging Research program. He is Director of the Smarter Imaging Research Program of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. He also has led the Physics Consulting Group for The Ontario Breast Screening Program since its inception in 1990. His research on digital mammography helped move this new modality into clinical evaluation and widespread use internationally.
    He was part of a team that drove the development of digital mammography and was a co-author of the 2005 publication that demonstrated its superior accuracy in detection breast cancer in young women and those with dense breasts. He is a co-author of the book: Digital Mammography with Dr. Etta Pisano. His current work is directed towards optimization of breast screening, breast tomosynthesis, image quality assessment, breast density and breast cancer risk, and quantitative imaging biomarkers in pathology to inform choices for precision therapy.
    Dr. Martin Yaffe

Get Pink'd!

Get Pink’d! TM

On March 12, 2015, Canadians and their colleagues, families and friends made a new fashion statement in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation by wearing pink and promoting Get Pink’d!.

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KitchenAid Cook for the Cure

Cook for the Cure brings people together in kitchens from coast to coast to enjoy good food and support a great cause. Since 2002, over $3.1 million has been raised through Cook for the Cure and sales from the KitchenAid® Pink Collection. Our partners at KitchenAid contribute $75 from each purchase of the Raspberry Ice Architect® Stand Mixer and contribute $50 to every KitchenAid Cook for the Cure party hosted.

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Yard Sale for the Cure

When Rachael Smith, a breast cancer survivor, and her friends and family held a yard sale in their Toronto community in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, they had no idea that they were sparking an initiative that would get Canadians across Canada cleaning out their basements and garages for the cure.

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National Grants Program

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s National Grants Program is focused on accelerating the impact of research through strategic research funding. This granting program is a key part of the Foundation’s National Research Strategy, and seeks to engage funding partners and tackle big research challenges in breast cancer, where pan-Canadian collaboration or larger scale research investments are needed. Simultaneously, this approach leverages CBCF’s investment to attract more funding to breast cancer and contributes to CBCF’s goal of strengthening relationships with and within the research community.



Focus areas of the National Grants Program include:

Breast Cancer in Young Women (BCYW)

$5.7 million investment and partnership between CIHR-ICR and CBCF, which brings together a number of independently fundable, synergistic sub-projects, into a single integrated program spanning the multiple disciplines of breast cancer research to support a holistic, "whole woman" approach. The full program team includes 62 researchers and clinicians at 44 institutions and clinics, representing nine provinces and one territory.

New Treatments for Breast Cancer

In 2014, CBCF partnered with SU2C to accelerate research focused on new treatments for breast cancer. Announced in 2015, the Stand Up To Cancer Canada – Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Breast Cancer Dream Team, supported by CIBC, is led by Dr. Tak Mak and co-led by Dr. Samuel Aparicio. The $9 million/4-year project will design new targeted treatments for aggressive breast cancers – particularly subtypes categorized as triple negative breast cancer, which comprise 10-20% of all breast cancers.

Education and Advocacy

The Pink Tour

It is estimated that more than 25,000 women and 220 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada this year alone. Yet research has shown that more than one-third of breast cancers can be prevented.

To help spread this message, and educate women across the country about the importance of breast health and breast cancer screening, CBCF, supported by CIBC and Shoppers Drug Mart, once again kicked off The Pink Tour. Hitting the road this spring, The Pink Tour travelled across all four Atlantic Provinces connecting with over 80 communities and making 120 stops. The Pink Tour bus is equipped with interactive touch-screen tools, videos and material in 13 languages as well as the ability for women to book a mammogram at a local screening facility. Since its inception, The Pink Tour has connected with over 56,000 people across Canada reaching a number of diverse and under-screened populations.

Learn more at thepinktour.ca

Breast health

To help Canadian women reduce their risk of breast cancer, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation launched a comprehensive Breast Health Program which began in January 2013. This multi-year, multi-platform program connects with women through traditional and social media, video stories, online tools and print material.

Now in its third year, the Breast Health Program has built a strong online community. The site features an online personalized breast health planning tool. The program has also distributed copies of its Living Well brochure to health care providers and organizations across Canada.

Create your personalized breast health plan today. Visit #OneNewThing

Health Charities Coalition of Canada

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is a proud member of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada. The HCCC is a group of 29 national health charities working together on health research and health policy issues with a focus on positively impacting the health of Canadians. This coalition has been instrumental in the creation of the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) which has led to greater investments in health research to find cures for a myriad of diseases.

The HCCC continues to actively work with governments across the country in three important areas: improving access to health care, providing better support to caregivers and continuing investment in health research.

At high risk collaborative project

In March 2014, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation partnered with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Breast Cancer Network, Rethink, and Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support to form a joint collaboration. Together, this project responded to the needs of women at high risk for breast cancer. Each partner was responsible for developing complementary activities to increase awareness about high risk criteria, including options for genetic counselling, screening, and preventive treatment, as well as providing support and building community for women who identify as high risk, and their families.

Our focus in the collaboration was on communicating to women at average risk about what it means to be “at risk”, address the common misperception that one may be at higher risk than they really are, and provide support for women who are not sure or think they may be at high risk to discuss this with their health care provider.

As part of this initiative, CBCF provided additional facts and figures related to the issue of being high risk and made it available on our cbcf.org website and in our print materials. In addition, we built information about what it means to be at high risk into our online breast health planning tool at cbcf.org/onenewthing. Furthermore, we launched a new resource guide for women who think they may be at high risk to help in discussions with their health care provider.

For further information and to review our high risk guide, go to cbcf.org/onenewthing

Financial Summary

(Year ending March 31, 2015)

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation initiatives bring together members of the breast cancer community from across the country. Our national research programs unite the best and brightest researchers
in the field, and our fundraising initiatives galvanize patients, survivors, families, friends and whole communities in the pursuit of our vision of creating a future without breast cancer.

Revenue and Expenses

National sources
of revenue

  • CIBC Run for the Cure
  • Other
  • Fundraising Events
  • Individual Corporate Gifts

National allocation
of expenses

  • Fund Development
  • Administration/Operations
  • Research and Grants Cause-Related Spending

Thank you to our donors

thank you Mac

Mac Voisin: Proud friend. Proud donor.

Mac Voisin is the founder of M&M Meats, and a long-time supporter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

“I’ve always thought very highly of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. They do awesome work, and there have been many exciting advancements in research they have funded.”

About a year ago, two of Mac’s closest friends were diagnosed with breast cancer. “I had always supported the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in small ways, but when my dear friends were diagnosed, I wanted to do more,” says Mac.

In December, Mac did do more by making a generous donation of securities to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. “Since I experienced breast cancer more closely through friends, I have talked to more and more women who are living or who have lived with it. Years ago, breast cancer was a death sentence. But today, there are a number of treatment options, it doesn’t have to be.”

Donations to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation are critical to funding breakthrough research in breast cancer prevention, earlier detection, treatment and care of breast cancer patients. Gifts can be made through various means, including a gift of cash, a gift of securities, or by leaving a bequest in your will.

Mac is committed to making a difference; “We must continue to build on what we’ve started. We have to keep the momentum going, and never lose sight of our goal. We can’t stop now. This is an amazing time. Technology and innovations are moving research in this area forward.”

Since their diagnosis, Mac’s friends have both been given a clean bill of health. “They kept big banana smiles on their faces the whole time… they dealt with their cancer with such an incredible attitude. I'm so proud of them.”

Thank you Mac.

And thank you to all our donors for supporting our shared vision of creating a future without breast cancer - To the women and men affected by breast cancer and their loved ones, your support means everything.

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