The Research you fund

Touches real people

Read their stories of recovery, resilience,
and renewed determination

Outsmarting cancer through prevention

Reginald Godin, Brossard
everydaycancerhero

As the Advisor of the Cancer Research Society’s Major Gifts and Planned Giving department, Réginald Godin is no stranger to cancer. Every day, he talks to some of our most generous donors who were affected by cancer or who’ve lost loved ones to the disease. Réginald’s story with cancer isn’t only professional. It’s also a … Read more

Until no one is dying of cancer, we need the research.

Lucy van Oldenbarneveld, Ottawa
Read for the cure

Lucy’s cancer story and the Cancer Research Society go hand-in-hand. The CBC Ottawa broadcaster is no stranger to Read for the Cure, an annual fundraising event for the CRSLucy hosted for the first time in 2014. The following year, when Lucy was invited to return as host, she had to decline. “On the day of … Read more

We need to bring more hope to more people

Shirley Hesje, Victoria
Read for the cure

“When you’re given a cancer diagnosis it’s pretty dark. Cancer research can provide a beam of light. We need to broaden this beam of light. We need to bring more hope to more people.” Shirley Hesje is a retired elementary school teacher, mother of two, breast cancer survivor, and the founder of the Read for … Read more

Why Christine Biggar Reads for the Cure

Christine Biggar, Toronto
Read for the cureResearch

“In this day and age especially, cancer affects everyone. Investment in research is critical.” Between 2005 and 2006 Christine Biggar’s Toronto-based book club was hit hard by cancer. “Two members were undergoing treatment and two other members were dealing with family members affected by cancer. I also lost both of my parents to cancer at … Read more

Outsmarting cancer, their way

The Passchier sisters,
Research

They helped outsmart cancer one step at a time “There’s still so much to learn about cancer, and cures and what we can do for people. Our mom was able to stay with us 11 more years because of cancer research.” Catelyn, Michelle, April and Cassandra Passchier know better than most that there will never … Read more

No one’s left in Canada who’s been untouched by cancer.

Vikki Ho,
Research

“Research is fundamental. It is so important because understanding how we prevent disease from occurring in the first place will allow us to live long and healthy lives with all our loved ones.” Vikki Ho is a professor at the Université de Montréal who is a recipient of the Cancer Research Society’s GRePEC salary award. … Read more

Nothing can replace the loss of a parent.

Brad McMurray,
Remission

“We’re dealing with cancer better but there’s still a lot of suffering. In another five years there might be a different treatment to address this awful disease.” A parent is everything to their children, and for people like Brad McMurray, who lost his father to cancer when he was just 9 years old, the pain … Read more

Research isn’t a luxury, it’s a must.

Carolina Alfieri,
Research

“To leave something behind that helps save lives or make lives better is a great motivator when we’ve spent much of our adult lives in research.” Carolina Alfieri is working on concurrent projects at Montreal’s CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre, including one that aims to build a human antibody to prevent the effects of Epstein-Barr, a … Read more

I thought I wouldn’t get past 50

Michelle Armand,
Remission

“30 years after my first cancer, I’m now in great shape. My mother and my sisters were not as lucky.” It’s a terrifying thing, to live believing that you will die young.  But this is something that Michelle Armand has lived with for much of her life. Having lost her mother and sisters to breast … Read more

Genetic research gives sisters the chance their mother never had

Nathalie Dupont,
Research

“We were luckier than our mother was 25 years ago, and I want to thank gene research and genetic testing for saving people’s lives, including ours.” Nathalie Dupont’s cancer journey began in 2018, with a pain she’d never experienced and a certainty that something wasn’t quite right.  Within 24 hours, she was having an abdominal … Read more

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  • The facts

    probability of developing CANCER

    50%

    One out of two Canadians will receive a cancer diagnostic in their lifetime. This represents over 200 000 Canadians a year.

  • The result

    Survival rate after 5 years

    +7%

    Thanks to research, in just 14 years, over 7% more patients survived cancer. That’s over 14 000 Canadians a year.

  • 75 years ago

    Since our beginning, 75 years ago, we’ve financed some of the most promising research programs. Major advancements were made in prevention, early diagnosis and treatment.

  • The hope

    New technologies coupled with research will bring more results in the next 10 years than in the last 75 years combined.

The future of cancer research is
brighter than ever.

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