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Breast cancer research, treatment and care at the BC Cancer Agency to benefit from millions raised in two-day walk

(Sept. 6, 2008, Vancouver) - Today, the BC Cancer Foundation announced that 1,600 participants raised over $4.1 million in its fifth annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer®. The Vancouver-based event is the largest breast cancer fundraiser in British Columbia. Events in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 generated net revenue of over $13 million. The sixth annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer is already planned for August 14 -16, 2009.

After an uplifting opening ceremony at the UBC Rugby Field, participants embarked on the first 30 km of their walk through the city. Tonight, they camp at Killarney Park where Biff Naked will be performing while they rest-up and prepare for Sunday’s final 30 km. Their weekend journey ends with an emotional Closing Ceremony at the UBC Thunderbird Stadium at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Family, friends, and supporters are invited to greet and cheer on the Walkers as they make their way to the finish.

“Everyone participating this weekend is a true hero in the fight against breast cancer. Yesterday, we had more than 80 kids join us for our first-ever KidsK™ benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation, a 2.5km/5km walk and they raised over $20,000 for research into childhood cancers at the BC Cancer Agency,” says Nick Locke, Senior Vice President of Development at the BC Cancer Foundation. “It’s great to see so many youth take such a strong initiative and make a real impact on critical cancer research in this province. We hope everyone will help us make next year’s event just as successful by registering now for the 2009 Weekend to End Breast Cancer.”

“The Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation is helping us build a world-class breast cancer research program in British Columbia. Thanks to these walkers and their donors we’ve acquired specialized equipment and funds for research projects that otherwise would not be happening here in B.C.,” says Dr. Sam Aparicio, head of breast cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency.

Weekend to End Breast Cancer funding of over $13 million over the past four years has played a crucial role in many projects at the BC Cancer Agency. Over this past year the funds have been used to support breast clinical trials across the province, the establishment of a Chair in Breast Reconstructive Surgery and a new international research study that will result in a better understanding of the many different types of breast cancer, leading to more targeted treatments and improved breast cancer survival rates.

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefits the BC Cancer Foundation, which raises funds to support research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency, an international leader in the fight against cancer. The BC Cancer Agency has developed a breast cancer research program built on its unique strength in translational research and its province-wide cancer control system. The BC Cancer Agency is also dedicated to early detection of breast cancer — a critical factor in improving patient outcomes. With cancer survival rates better than any other province in Canada, the BC Cancer Agency has become a model for cancer care and control around the world.

For more information about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, contact 604.684.WALK (9255), or sign up online at Visit Opening Ceremonies, Camp or Closing Ceremonies and register on-site for 2009!


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