Research and treatment at Cross Cancer Institute benefit from funds raised in two-day walk.
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For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Kate Slean
T: 1-778-233-9255

Edmonton (August 7, 2010)


  • Today, the Alberta Cancer Foundation announced that 741 participants raised over $1.6 million in the fifth annual Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. Events in Calgary and Edmonton over the past five years have resulted in more than $22 million for breast and gynecologic cancer research and programming.
  • After an uplifting Opening Ceremonies at Rundle Park, participants embarked on the first 30 km of their walk through the city. Tonight, they return to Rundle Park 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 Rundle Park at 3:30pm 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 gratefully acknowledges event sponsors: Shoppers Drug Mart, CTV, EZ Rock 104.9, Royale, Alberta Egg Producers, Dasani, Canada Dry, Van Houtte, Ally Kat Brewing Company, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.
  • For more information about the event or to register for the 2011 Weekend, contact 877-394-WALK (9255), or sign up online at www.endcancer.ca.

  • "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. Their dedication over the past five years has been indescribable; I couldn’t be more proud of them and what they’ve made possible through this event."
  • "The Weekend has been built on the courageous efforts of everyday people. Over the past four 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 fifth time this weekend and thank everyone for their generous 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 Alberta Health Services Cancer Care. “Thanks to their efforts, cancer specialists and researchers at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary have the resources and tools they need to focus on discoveries and innovative treatments that will impact breast and all women’s cancers. These Walkers, and indeed all Albertans should be proud of what they have made possible in such a short time."
  • "I am so excited to be taking part in my first Weekend to End Women’s Cancers event this weekend,” said participant, Leah Kirtio. “Ironically, I signed up to do the walk with my mom and sister two months before I was diagnosed, that has made doing the walk have even more meaning for me. I can’t wait to get out there and kick cancers butt!"

    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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