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.READ MORE
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.
Dr. James Brophy and Dr. Margaret Keith - University of Windsor
Dr. David Hoskin - Dalhousie University
Dr. Brian Lichty - McMaster University
Dr. Caroline Lohrisch - British Columbia Cancer Agency
Dr. Alan Nichol - British Columbia Cancer Agency
Dr. Afshin Raouf - University of Manitoba
Samantha Grist - University of British Columbia
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.
The premiere fundraising event in BC / Yukon is the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Wild Lilies Gala.READ MORE
Batting Against Breast Cancer is a family friendly, community-led slo-pitch tournament in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.READ MORE
Imagine feeding all of Run for the Cure participants across Atlantic Canada in one day? Sobeys does just this.READ MORE
Foodies, fundraising, and Food Network celebrity chefs come together for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation KitchenAid Cook for the Cure Culinary Showdown.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
In its second year, Go Auto supported the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness month with its Go for the Cure campaign.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
The Lucking family of Carman, Manitoba has gathered the first weekend of July every year for the past decade for the Annual...READ MORE
Women are benefiting from ‘after breast cancer’ exercise programs across Atlantic Canada, with support from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region.READ MORE
Beyond the Lab brought our researchers, donors and supporters together for an intimate and interactive evening of discussion, engagement and information.READ MORE
You’re never too young to understand the importance of breast health and how your breasts should look and feel.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
We launched a new outreach program across the Prairies this past year called Breast Health 101.READ MORE
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.
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.
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.
The Stand Up To Cancer Canada – Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Breast Cancer Dream Team, supported by CIBC, is led by Dr. Tak Mak at the University Health Network in Toronto, and co-led by Dr. Samuel Aparicio of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Their $9 million/4-year project, “Translational development of novel drugs targeting tumour vulnerabilities,” 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. Using innovative laboratory modelling, this team will develop three promising drug candidates and bring them to clinical trials with advanced breast cancer patients across Canada. Unlike chemotherapy, which delivers toxic substances to cancer and healthy cells alike, these drugs are designed to tell the difference between cancer cells and healthy ones, targeting only the cancer cells so that patients experience fewer side effects.
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
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
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.
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!.
The Get Pink’d program is an annual event where people wear pink in support of CBCF. From coast to coast, organizations, businesses, schools and community groups come together to raise money for breast cancer research through this fun and easy fundraiser. Get Pink’d provides buttons, bracelets, breast health information and promotional items for teams to share or sell in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This year, 256 offices got Pink’d!, and raised nearly $154,800 in support of our breakthrough research initiatives, and for people like Karima:
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer about two years ago, but was fortunate to have qualified for a trial drug which I have been on for the last 18 months. Thankfully, it seems to be working. As a mother, wife, sister, and daughter, I think that I speak for all women and men who are fighting breast cancer - this is not a disease that only affects women. Each battle is different, but one thing stays the same: it alters our lives forever.
I would like to thank everyone who supports this cause, financially and through their time and effort. Together, we can eradicate this disease.”
- Karima Jessani, patient and Get Pink’d! participant, Ontario
“There are so many good reasons to get involved in the Get Pink’d Campaign and support the cause. Probably, the most driving factor was asking myself the question, I wonder what would happen…
We value the community & surrounding area and what it has to offer, so why not engage together and spread awareness about this overwhelming challenge that affects so many. To see our team come together and get excited about our event this year, knowing that we had the power to affect change through our actions was the highlight.”
- Jennifer Chant, Branch Manager, Sunrise Credit Union, Reston, Manitoba
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.
“Last year me and my little sister saw an ad for Cook for the Cure and we thought that it looked like a really good thing to fundraise for. Cancer has affected several people that we are very close to including three of our grandparents so helping to support finding a cure is really important to us. We really liked the idea of KitchenAid Cook for the Cure because it is for a great purpose and combines something I am very passionate about.
While fundraising we made and sold several different food items. People were very generous about supporting us and telling others about what we were doing so we could hit our fundraising goals. It was a lot of hard work, but we had a lot of fun! One of the things we were selling was a pasta sauce that had all natural, organic ingredients and we had so many orders for it that we decided to launch it into an official product line that we are now selling in grocery stores. This is very exciting because it allows us to generate more money so we can continue to give more to causes we really believe in such as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.”
- Skylar Sinow, age 12.
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.
Since Rachael’s yard sale in 2005, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Yard Sale for the Cure has grown into one of our most popular national events. Now in its sixth year as a national fundraising event, yard sales across the country have raised over $1,800,000, and every dollar raised through Yard Sale for the Cure goes towards breast cancer research, health promotion, advocacy and education programs.
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.
$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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
(Year ending March 31, 2015)
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.