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Breaking News from the Alberta Cancer Foundation…

As a supporter of the Alberta Cancer Foundation,
we wanted you to be one of the first to hear some exciting news!

Today, the Government of Alberta announced plans to build a new cancer centre in Calgary. This $1.2 billion dollar project will be built in partnership with the Alberta Cancer Foundation – Alberta’s largest cancer charity. The Alberta Cancer Foundation has committed to raising $200 million in support of the new facility.

John Osler, Chairman of the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Board of Trustees states “For the past year, we have been working tirelessly with the Alberta Government and other health stakeholders to bring the dream of a comprehensive cancer facility to fruition.” Osler, a cancer survivor, is overwhelmed by the announcement. “As a cancer survivor, I have seen the system from the inside,” says Osler. “The promise and opportunity a facility of this nature brings – not only for Calgarians, but for all Albertans – is truly monumental.”

This new facility will provide cancer patients and their families all cancer services in one place, streamlining care. “Having a facility that gives patients access to the best research and the best care will offer improved outcomes for cancer patients,” says Dr. Paul Grundy, Senior Vice President and Senior Medical Director of Alberta Health Service’s Cancer Care. “There are tremendous benefits to cancer patients when the best minds in cancer research, clinical practice and care work together, as a comprehensive cancer team.”

Through the support of donors like you, the Alberta Cancer Foundation has funded more than $110 million towards cancer research, prevention and care over the past five years. “This new cancer centre will become a reality with the help and support of our donors,” said Myka Osinchuk, CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. “As Alberta’s largest cancer charity, we will continue to make progress towards a cancer-free future on behalf of cancer patients, their families and our donors.”

Researchers will be closer to oncologists and patients, offering valuable insight into their work. “The goal of research is to offer innovative approaches to identifying and treating cancer,” says Dr. Gregory Cairncross, the Alberta Cancer Foundation Chair of Brain Tumour Research. “Being able to work shoulder to shoulder with patients and the cancer care team provides key feedback that will further enhance our progress.”

This project is part of the Government of Alberta's commitment to build an exceptional cancer care system in Alberta, with tertiary, comprehensive cancer centres in Edmonton and Calgary. As part the Alberta Government's announcement, the Cross Cancer Institute will receive $67 million to support facility enhancements. The Alberta Cancer Foundation will continue to be a partner and an advocate to ensure the needs of Albertans are met not only at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, but also at 15 associate and community cancer centres throughout Alberta.

Fred Horne, Minister of Alberta Health, outlines the importance of partnerships in this project. “On behalf of cancer patients and their families, present and future, I welcome the partnership of all Albertans and Alberta organizations in supporting the fight against cancer,” said Minister Horne. “I especially thank the Alberta Cancer Foundation for their leadership and financial support in helping make this new cancer facility a reality, and I encourage people everywhere to show their support."

Sincerely,

Myka Osinchuk

Myka Osinchuk

CEO
Alberta Cancer Foundation

John Osler

John Osler

Chair
Alberta Cancer Foundation

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