Earlier this week, we celebrated the achievement from the team at STEMCELL Technologies who raised over $25,000 for critical research and care at BC Cancer. This was the 5th year of the employee giving match program that increased the grand total raised to $93,600! We thank everyone who took part in this incredible campaign. With your help, we CAN break down cancer in BC.
In 2019, during a routine gallbladder surgery, Nancy Cleveland’s doctors discovered the worst. She had stage 3c ovarian cancer.
Nancy started on chemotherapy and underwent surgery to keep the cancer at bay, until she was told of her eligibility for a ground-breaking clinical trial, made possible by generous donor support. Throughout her harrowing experience, BC Cancer experts provided comfort and hope.
“From the moment I walked through the doors at BC Cancer, I knew I didn’t have to be afraid. I just felt held by every person I came across.”
This past December, Nancy celebrated her official remission and continues to help spread awareness around ovarian cancer. Thank you Nancy for sharing your story, and congratulations! #FacesofCancer
Colorectal cancer is the most common cancer to affect both men and women in BC. This year alone, more than 3,200 individuals will be diagnosed and undergo treatment in our province.
Dr. Jonathan Loree, medical oncologist at @BCCancer is exploring early onset colorectal cancers as a step of improving survival rates. “Much of the progress we’re making to improve patient outcomes is thanks to the generosity of BC Cancer Foundation donors,” says Loree.
Join BC Cancer on February 29 for a free Colorectal Cancer Education Day. Reserve your spot here by February 21: https://bit.ly/2Tt8xiu
The 5th Annual Bollywood Gala is taking place March 7th supporting the YMCA of Okanagan, specifically their youth and adolescent programs Beyond the Bell and Young Parents Program. Enjoy delectable Indian cuisine, local wines, entertainment, dancing, and the best company in town! Seats are $200 and include buffet dinner and wine. This event sells out every year so reserve your seats by emailing BollywoodGala@outlook.com.
**With the support of our community the past 4 years, we were able to raise over $120,000 for BC Cancer Foundation, over $110,000 for Karis Support Society, and more than $55,000 for Rotary Clubs of Kelowna! Thank you Kelowna!**
DISCOVERY REVEALS THAT HODGKIN LYMPHOMA HIJACKS PATIENT’S IMMUNE CELLS
BC Cancer researchers have discovered key information about how Hodgkin lymphoma cells are able to grow undetected within the body by examining how they interact within the complete tumour environment. By observing the tumour ecosystem - cell by cell - in patients with Hodgkin lymphoma, researchers led by Dr. Christian Steidl with the Centre for Lymphoid Cancer at BC Cancer uncovered how some health immune cells (T-cells) work to suppress the immune system by hiding the cancerous Hodgkin lymphoma cells and in some cases forming a shield around them.