Become someone’s hero today by supporting cancer research
Did you know that a majority of Canadians will be affected by cancer, directly or indirectly? Fact is 2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime and while COVID-19 may be the current pandemic, cancer is the illness that remains the most impactful in someone’s life.
Not all superheroes wear capes
A sentence often used to thank and support our health workers who continually go above and beyond to provide care to those who need it the most. We want to remind people that being a hero can mean many things; a hero is a patient that faces cancer, it is a researcher or clinician involved in research, it is also a donor that generously gives to lifesaving cancer research that desperately needs to continue.
Research is key in outsmarting cancer
Cancer remains the leading cause of death in Canada and it is estimated that over 83,000 people lost their lives to cancer in 2020. Now, more than ever, Canadian researchers need to continue receiving your support to unlock the critical breakthroughs of tomorrow.
In the last 75 years, cancer research has more than doubled the survival rates of cancer patients, and we need your help to keep that number rising.
Since its inception, the Cancer Research Society’s sole purpose has been to fund the projects of cancer heroes in the research world who constitute some of Canada’s brightest and most innovative minds. With the support of heroes like yourself, they can pursue their groundbreaking work and continue improving the prevention, detection and treatment of all types of cancer.
Lucy van Oldenbarnaveld: We need to make sure that science is properly funded
As the host of many Read for the Cure events to benefit the Cancer Research Society, I can now say I have had the opportunity to come across several cancer heroes in my lifetime. I hosted RFTC for the first time in 2014. The following year, I was invited to return as host but had to decline because on the day of the event, I was receiving my first chemo treatment. I was not over with cancer since shortly after, my sister was also diagnosed with cancer.
Read more about Lucy’s story on outsmartcancer.ca.
Maya Shmulevitz: Hope for the better future that all of us long for
Maya and her team focus on a virus called a reovirus which is already demonstrating activity in clinical trials, all in a safe manner for the patient. However, in order to work, we need to boost the potency of the virus and conduct additional tests.
Initially, this researcher’s training is led her to a career in biochemistry and virology. However, she quickly became fascinated by the possibility of using her knowledge in both fields for developing cancer treatments.
“My laboratory explores viruses as a potential therapy for breast cancer.”
Read more about Maya's story on outsmartcancer.ca.