Your Dollars at Work



Your Impact in Alberta

A Message from Linda Mickelson, CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation

Having participated in the Weekend for the last six years, I know it is much more than a walk through the city. It is part of a movement to end cancers that claim the lives of far too many mothers, sisters, daughters, wives and friends. It is a movement for all of us who believe a cancer-free future is possible. It is an monumental event that changes lives.

I, like so many of you, have suffered the loss of a loved one to cancer. Last year, I walked with my daughter and two sisters in memory of our sister Kym who passed away in 2008 from breast cancer that had metastasized to the bone. Why did it happen? It meant so much to us to learn that one of the research projects being funded with Weekend dollars in Alberta, is focusing on this very question. The Breast 2 Bone Study, which the Alberta Cancer Foundation will support over three years, is breaking new ground and will provide answers that will lead to more progress and ultimately save lives.

The Weekend has enabled us to invest more than $24 million into breast cancer research and programs in just five years! We have launched more than 50 new research projects taking place at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, the Cross Cancer Institute and the University of Lethbridge. And we’ve made screening and earlier diagnosis possible for thousands of rural Albertans with two mobile facilities, fully equipped with state-of-the-art digital mammography.

But we can’t stop here. This year more than 2,700 new women’s cancer cases will be diagnosed in our province and sadly more than 600 women will lose their lives to breast and gynecological cancers. While we celebrate many milestones, we owe it to those we love to continue walking until we can prevent or cure all cancers.

We need to keep the momentum going. My daughter Kristin - an 11 year survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma - my sisters and I will continue to walk in support of all women’s cancers. One step at a time, one dollar at a time, we know we are making a difference.

As CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation, and as a mother, a sister and a woman, I invite you to walk with me on July 23-24 in Calgary, in the 2011 Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers!

REGISTER TODAY - ask a friend or family member to join you - and take your first steps toward a cancer-free future.

 

Linda Mickelson
Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Cancer Foundation