Donor Impact: Your Fundraising Dollars at Work


One in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. This is a daunting forecast which reinforces the importance of the funds raised every year at Challenge for Life.


All funds raised and donated remain in Manitoba. These funds support an internationally-recognized team of health professionals at CancerCare Manitoba who provide outstanding care for patients and their families.



Our mission, in partnership with our donors, is to support CancerCare’s strategic priorities. Your generosity enables the Foundation to maximize the funds provided to CancerCare Manitoba each year. Donor contributions help bridge the gap of initiatives and programs not eligible for government funding or where financial resources are not available, including prevention, early detection, clinical trials and leading-edge research and treatment. Thanks to the generosity of donors, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation has been able to grant more than $134 million since 2000. This support to CancerCare Manitoba profoundly impacts patient outcomes.

CancerCare Manitoba is our provincially mandated agency for cancer and blood disorders. We share its bold vision, “A world free of cancer” and the goal that no life is cut short by cancer — a complex set of more than 200 diseases.

CancerCare Manitoba Foundation is the only charitable organization exclusively fundraising for CancerCare Manitoba.


All of the proceeds from Challenge for Life stay right here in Manitoba! Some of the CancerCare Manitoba initiatives and programs receiving funding include:

  • Investing in ground-breaking 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
  • Investing in Epidemiology (the study of cancer patterns in the population), focusing on the key areas of cancer control: prevention, access and outcomes.
  • 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 with more than 5,000 patient visits every year 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.
  • Investing in Community Oncology which enables cancer patients across the province to receive care closer to home