The Weekend to End Women's Cancers

Research and treatment at Tom Baker Cancer Centre benefit from millions raised in two-day walk.
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Highlights from today's opening ceremonies.


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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Kate Harbinson

Calgary(July 24, 2010)

  • Today, the Alberta Cancer Foundation announced that 1,114 participants raised over $2.7 million in the sixth annual Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. Events in the past five years have resulted in more than $22 million for breast and gynecologic cancer research and programming.
  • The seventh annual Weekend event is already planned for July 23-24, 2011.
  • After an uplifting Opening Ceremonies at Currie Barracks, participants embarked on the first 30 km of their walk through the city. Tonight, they return to Currie Barracks where they will be camping overnight and resting in preparation for Sunday’s final 30 km. Their weekend journey ends with an emotional Closing Ceremonies at Currie Barracks at 3:15pm on Sunday. Family, friends, and supporters are invited to greet and cheer on the Walkers as they make their way to the finish.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers funding is already supporting more than 60 research projects in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge. State-of-the-art digital technology and two mobile screening facilities, also purchased with Weekend funding, offer greater accessibility to mammograms for women in more than 100 rural communities each year. These units equipped with an examining room have the potential to offer mobile cervical screening in the future.
  • The Alberta Cancer Foundation greatly acknowledges the event sponsors: Shoppers Drug Mart, CTV Calgary, JACK FM, LITE 96, Royale, Dasani Essence, Canada Dry, Alberta Egg Producers, Alberta Milk Producers, Deloitte, Van Houtte Café, Wild Rose Brewery, and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.
  • For more information about the event or to register as a participant for 2011, contact 877.394.WALK (9255), or sign up online at
  • "A huge thank you to everyone participating in this year’s Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers,” says Linda Mickelson, CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. “These walkers and their donors are heroes to thousands of women and families right across Alberta."
  • "The Weekend was built on the courageous efforts of everyday people. Over the past five years we have felt the impact this event has made on the community and continue to be inspired by the way Albertans glow with pink and purple to support us," says Linda Mickelson, CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. "We are so happy to be hitting the pavement for the sixth time this weekend and thank everyone for the support this year."
  • "The Weekend is for people wanting to be part of a powerful movement for cancer-free lives,' says Dr. Tony Fields, Vice-President of Cancer Care for Alberta Health Services. 'Thanks to their efforts, cancer specialists and researchers at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre have the resources and tools they need to focus on discoveries and innovative treatments that will impact all women’s cancers."
  • "I continue to walk each year in this event for my own family and friends that have battled cancer, but also for the many other inspiring stories I have learned from other participants about loved ones who have also courageously fought this disease," says fifth time participant Carolyn Cota. "By taking part in this event I know that I am doing what I can to help contribute to finding more cures for cancers that affect women."
About the Alberta Cancer Foundation
The Alberta Cancer Foundation is Alberta’s own. It was established to advance cancer research and support Alberta’s 17 cancer centres, including the Cross Cancer Institute and Tom Baker Cancer Centre. At the Alberta Cancer Foundation, we believe a cancer-free future is not just possible, it’s inevitable. When we get there, depends on the focus and energy we put to it today.


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