Our Purpose

We Value

Compassion – We meet the needs of patients, families, donors, staff and volunteers in a caring and compassionate manner.

Collaboration – We work and celebrate as a team and nurture partnerships that add value for Albertans.

Boldness – We are innovative in discovery and take balanced risks to continuously improve.

Responsiveness – Our work is grounded in purpose propelling us to be nimble and responsive to opportunities.

Integrity – We are truthful and accountable to each other and to our stakeholders.

Energy – We seize our purpose with energy and passion and bring a generosity of spirit to everything we do.

Our Manifesto

We’ve all heard the cancer stories, read the stats, and most likely have experienced the impact of cancer, up close and personal or with someone we love. In fact, if there’s one thing we can agree on, it’s that no one wants to hear the words, “you have cancer.” Everyone is in favour of better outcomes, care, and facilities. In partnership with the brightest minds and with compassionate care, the Alberta Cancer Foundation is making life better for Albertans facing cancer. By pushing the pace of progress that leads to faster diagnoses, groundbreaking research and leading edge treatments, we stand alongside every Albertan who hears those fateful words “you have cancer.”

We don’t do this alone

We bring together donors, patients, health care providers and researchers, because we know this is the fastest way to close the gap between diagnosis and cure. We are the official fundraising partner for all 17 Cancer Control Alberta cancer centres in Alberta, including the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. Through this partnership, we are able to make the most significant impact for patients. From the outside, we may look like a charity. But we don’t think of ourselves that way at all. We certainly don’t act like a charity. We won’t invest your money, our money, or anyone else’s money in research initiatives or treatments, if there isn’t a clear line of sight to patient outcomes. We operate more like an investment manager, investing hundreds of millions of dollars in those initiatives that will provide actual, quantifiable returns: Cancer patients returning to their lives. Mothers returning to young children. Employees returning to work. People from all over our province returning, in the thousands, to their communities. What greater return on investment could there possibly be?

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.

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

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

Help make life better for Albertans facing cancer