We have all been

touched by cancer

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

In 1945, Betty Caplan changed cancer research in Canada

Betty Caplan,
RemissionResearch

“Remember, in helping the fight against cancer, you are battling the common enemy.” — Betty Caplan, first President and Founder of the Cancer Research Society In 1945, 12 friends came together with a resolution: that they would do what they could to help conquer cancer. Meeting quietly, then in one another’s homes, they determined that … Read more

7,400 kilometers in 90 days, all for cancer research.

Frances Gougeon,
Remission

Back in the late ’90s, Frances MacGillivray Gougeon raised more than $35,000 for cancer research by crossing Canada on inline skates. On June 1st, 1997, Frances MacGillivray Gougeon set out on a mission. She took a leave of absence from her work as a nurse at St. Marthe’s Hospital in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, with a … Read more

A path to new treatment through existing medicine.

Noël Raynal,
Research

“For the first time in history, we can target cancer cells while sparing the patient’s healthy cells. This means we can develop more effective and less toxic new treatments.” Dr. Noël Raynal and his team at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal are looking at how drugs used to treat patients with heart failure can also protect … Read more

Making history: Discovering the genetic link to breast and ovarian cancer

Patricia Tonin, Steven Narod
Research

Twenty years ago, Dr. Patricia Tonin took part in an international effort to identify the two genes in women who are at high risk of developing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. 20 years ago, a major breakthrough rocked the world of cancer research. With funding from the Cancer Research Society, Dr. Steven Narod and Dr. … Read more

THE FUTURE OF CANCER RESEARCH IS
BRIGHTER THAN EVER.

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