How We Are Different

We are patient-focused.

Every investment we make is focused on our goals to diagnose cancer earlier, improve the effectiveness of cancer treatments, improve quality of life for cancer patients and their families, and reduce Albertans’ risk of developing cancer.

We ignite cancer research.

Through the support of our donors, we are Alberta’s largest philanthropic investor in cancer research. We seek out opportunities that have the greatest potential of helping Albertans facing cancer.

We are a partner in Alberta’s health system.

As the official fundraising partner for all 17 cancer centres in Alberta, including the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, we are uniquely positioned to accelerate breakthroughs and bring results to patients faster.

Cancer Centres: Closer to home

From the Lethbridge skyline to the canola fields in Barrhead – we stand alongside every Albertan who hears the words, “you have cancer.” Directly supporting the 17 Alberta Health Services cancer centres – including the Cross Cancer Institute and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre – we make a difference in the lives of patients in every community.

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Cancer Journey: All types, every step

Denise's Cancer Journey

We stand alongside patients during every step of their cancer journey, no matter the type of cancer they are facing. By investing in groundbreaking research and programs, we power progress for all patients.

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Investment Framework: Innovative approach

We invest donor dollars in initiatives that provide real-life returns.

We actively manage results-oriented investments in world-class cancer research, life-saving prevention and screening initiatives, and patient-first enhanced care programs. Our investments have a direct line-of-sight to patient outcomes: faster diagnoses, better treatments, enhanced quality of life, and positive outcomes.

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We Stand with Patients During Their Cancer Journey

Going forward, don’t think that the only measure of success is a cure for cancer. This type of research will make treatments easier for people like me and improve our chance of success. That’s all I can ask for.

- Seven-time Ironman triathlete, Colin Hacket, diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer at age 34.

My wife Jan died in February 2012. Jan was a wonderful mom, grandma, wife and a good friend to all. She would be happy with what we’re doing. I’ve already received thank you letters from people who benefited from the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Patient Financial Assistance Program and it’s heartwarming.

- Tom Crist, donor Patient Financial Assistance Program

My mother was diagnosed with colon cancer when she was 50 and she lived with it until she was 81. When people are faced with a diagnosis, they inevitably have a lot of questions. Being able to reach out to a patient navigator just brings people peace of mind and that makes me and my family feel good.

- Keith MacPhail, Donor Patient Navigator Program

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