Donor impact: your fundraising dollars at work

CancerCare Manitoba Foundation is the only charitable organization exclusively fundraising for CancerCare Manitoba. CancerCare Manitoba’s main aim is to eradicate a disease consisting of more than 150 types and stages. A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Up-to-date information regarding treatment options, resources and services are vital as patients and families make their way through the cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment.

While CancerCare Manitoba works in partnership with Manitoba Health, some programs and services are not eligible for government funding. Due to donor generosity, since 2000 CancerCare Manitoba Foundation has granted more than $104 million to bridge this gap and help deliver the best research, patient care, treatment and support. We are proud to support CancerCare Manitoba’s internationally-recognized team of health professionals as they provide outstanding quality care for all Manitobans and their families living with cancer.

Proceeds from the event stay right here in Manitoba to support prevention, early detection, state of the art treatment, world-class research and patient support at CancerCare Manitoba.

Some of the programs receiving funding include:

  • Patient and Family Support Services, providing programs free of charge to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis. Programs include the Patient and Family Resource Centre, a sanctuary where more than 5,000 patients every year access a lending library of information about cancer, treatment and support, consultation with a nurse, helpful volunteers, a computer, phone and refreshments; Information and Support sessions for patients and their families on common types of cancer; and Quality of Life programs including Art Therapy, Yoga, and Music to My Ears.
  • Volunteer Services and Patient Assistance Services, giving first-time patients information on CancerCare Manitoba's many programs and services.
  • Investing in UPCON (Uniting Primary Care and Oncology) training programs for family doctors in 39 (and growing) urban and rural clinics around Manitoba to enhance their knowledge and skills around cancer care.
  • Investing in Manitoba Aboriginal Community Partnership
  • Investing in Translational Research, translating knowledge into action to directly improve care of all cancer patients in Manitoba.
  • Investing in CancerCare Manitoba's Tumour Bank, conducting research into leukemia, prostate, lung, breast, and head and neck cancers.
  • Investing in Clinical Trials, giving patients access to leading-edge treatments and allowing researchers to develop and test potentially life-saving therapies. Approximately 1,000 CancerCare Manitoba patients are currently enrolled in a clinical trial.
  • Investing in Epidemiology (the study of cancer patterns in the population), focusing on the key areas of cancer control: prevention, access and outcomes. "If we can measure it, we can change it."

CancerCare Manitoba is the government-mandated cancer agency for the entire province, charged with the responsibility for cancer prevention, detection, treatment, research and education.

Our goal is to prevent every cancer we can. Those we cannot prevent, we strive to detect early. Those we do not detect early, we treat with the best available options. In CancerCare's Manitoba Research Institute, research dollars invested through the Foundation are leveraged several times by our internationally recognized clinician/scientists. Today's research will become the breakthroughs of tomorrow!

On behalf of everyone at CancerCare Manitoba - especially the patients we serve - thank you to our phenomenal Challengers, donors and sponsors who helped make the incredible possible!