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1,400 PARTICIPANTS RAISE OVER $4 MILLION IN 60-KILOMETRE WALK FOR BREAST CANCER

The Alberta Cancer Foundation to benefit from millions raised in two-day walk


(Calgary, July 26, 2008) - Today, the Alberta Cancer Foundation announced that 1,400 participants raised over $4 million in its annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer event. This multi-day event held in Calgary and Edmonton is the largest breast cancer fundraiser in Alberta. Events in 2005, 2006 and 2007 generated net revenue of over $17 million. The fifth annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer in Calgary is already planned for July 24-26, 2009.

After an uplifting Opening Ceremony at Roundup Centre, participants embarked on the first 30 kilometers of their walk throughout the city. Tonight, they camp at Currie Barracks as they rest up for the final 30 kilometres on Sunday. Their weekend journey ends tomorrow with an emotional Closing Ceremony at Roundup Centre at 3:30 p.m. Family, friends, and supporters are invited to greet and cheer on the Walkers as they make their way to the finish.

New to The Weekend to End Breast Cancer this year is the inaugural KidsK 2.5/5K Walk. During yesterday’s Day Zero, a group of brave kids stepped up to do their part in the fight to end breast cancer. Little heroes, aged 5 to 15, walked either 2.5 km or 5 km in the KidsK™ benefiting Alberta Cancer Foundation. 

“Everyone participating this weekend is a true hero in the fight against breast cancer. Yesterday, we had 150 kids join us for our first-ever KidsK™ benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation, a 2.5km/5km walk and raise $29,000 for breast cancer research, treatment and care,” says Linda Mickelson, CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. “It’s great to see so many youth take such a strong initiative and make a real impact on critical research and screening programs in this province. We hope everyone will help us make next year’s event just as successful by registering now for the 2009 Weekend to End Breast Cancer.”

“The Weekend to End Breast Cancer is helping us build a world-class breast cancer research program in Alberta. Thanks to these walkers and their donors we’ve acquired specialized equipment and funds for research projects that otherwise would not be happening here,” says Frank Jirik, MD, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and The McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health (U of C).  

Weekend to End Breast Cancer funding of over $17 million over the past three years, launched the Alberta Breast Cancer Research Initiative, purchased a new mobile screening van, provided bridge funding of herceptin for more than 180 women, and sponsored a breast health education conference in Calgary.

For more information about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, contact 403.280.WALK(9255), or sign up online at www.endcancer.ca. Visit Opening Ceremonies, Camp or Closing Ceremonies and register on-site for 2009!


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About the Alberta Cancer Foundation

The Alberta Cancer Foundation is the registered charity dedicated to raising funds for the Alberta Cancer Board, a world leader in the fight against cancer. Foundation funding supports cancer research, prevention and screening initiatives, and patient care programs at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, and 15 other Alberta Cancer Board cancer centres throughout the province.

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