The Weekend to End Breast Cancer
The Alberta Cancer Foundation to benefit from millions raised in two-day walk

Video tour of new mobile screening vans

Walker and survivor Laurene Mitchell talks about The Weekend

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Calgary, AB - (July 25, 2009)

  • Today, the Alberta Cancer Foundation announced that 1200 participants raised over $3 million in its fifth annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer event.
  • This two-day event held in Calgary is the largest breast cancer fundraiser in Alberta and this year has expanded to include other women’s cancers as well.
  • The sixth annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer in Calgary is already planned for July 24-25, 2010.
  • After an uplifting Opening Ceremony at The Roundup Centre, participants embarked on the first 30 kilometers of their walk throughout the city.
  • Tonight, they camp at Currie Barracks where the second annual KidsK will be taking place. Little heroes ages 5-15 will be walking 2.5k or 5k raising funds for breast cancer.
  • Weekend to End Breast Cancer funding totaling more than $21 million over the past four years, launched the Alberta Breast Cancer Research Initiative, purchased new digital technology and mobile facilities for the Breast Screening Initiative, provided bridge funding of herceptin for more than 180 women, and sponsored annual breast health education conferences in Calgary and Edmonton.
  • For more information about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, contact 403.280.WALK (9255), or sign up online at Visit Opening Ceremonies, Camp or Closing Ceremonies and register onsite for 2010!

  • "Every year we are overwhelmed by the community support for this event and this year we are pleased to have expanded its scope to include gynecological cancers as well as breast cancer. This means the Weekend will have even bigger impact and affect more lives," says Linda Mickelson, CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. "Working step by step to eliminate all women’s cancers is an important part of our journey toward a cancer-free future."
  • These thoughts are echoed by Dr. Christine Friedenreich, a researcher at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre who studies breast and endometrial cancers. "Many of the risk factors for breast cancer are the same as those for endometrial and ovarian cancers," says Dr. Friedenreich. "It is encouraging that the impact of the Weekend to End Breast Cancer has been expanded. The power of this event will dramatically increase the chances of major breakthroughs in prevention, treatment and care of these cancers."

The Alberta Cancer Foundation is the charitable foundation of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and 15 other cancer centres throughout Alberta. The Foundation supports world-class cancer research, province-wide prevention and screening initiatives and cancer programs that benefit all Albertans.


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