Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
RBC has been an exceptional philanthropic partner of the Alberta Cancer Foundation for the past 33 years - supporting hundreds of events and initiatives that fund groundbreaking research and enhanced care programs throughout the province.
Through the many years of their partnership, the most remarkable contribution has been through their participation in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. Since 2015, RBC has provided over $1 million in sponsorship, donations and team fundraising, with more than 150 dedicated Riders on Team RBC over the years of their involvement.
This past year, despite the in-person Ride being postponed due to the global pandemic, RBC graciously honoured their sponsorship commitment as a donation, bringing the total raised by Team RBC to $94,000 (and counting) in 2020. Thank you, RBC, for standing by us all these years. Your dedication to Albertans facing cancer is unwavering and there is no end in sight to the difference you are making.
For the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 2019/2020 was a year of strategic renewal. We are resolute in our commitment to represent all Albertans and work closer than ever with our partners in Alberta Health Services to deliver impact to patients. This is made possible by the incredible volunteerism of our Board of Trustees, which includes up to 22 dedicated members throughout the year.
John Lehners (Grande Prairie) is committed to setting the pace of progress. John’s tenure at Alberta Health Services and Grande Prairie Public School Board demonstrate his focus on transparency and accountability in the public sector. John’s dedication to making life better for Albertans stretches far beyond his professional experience, and he truly lives his values of creating more moments every day. “We have all been impacted by cancer, and you realize very quickly that there is nothing more important than our family, our friends, and focusing our time on what matters the most. I am grateful to be able to volunteer with my fellow Alberta Cancer Foundation trustees and to create more moments for Albertans facing cancer right across this province.”
Dr. Sharon Watanabe
Dr. Sharon Watanabe, Director of the Department of Symptom Control and Palliative Care at the Cross Cancer Institute, has been a supporter of the Alberta Cancer Foundation since 2004 and has dedicated her career to optimizing care and quality of life for patients with advanced cancer.
Her generosity and passion for education and enhanced care runs so deep that in 2013 she established a Building Excellence Award in Palliative Care to ensure that specialists in this field have the opportunity to grow and develop in this important but often overlooked aspect of the cancer journey. Her dedication to supporting the brightest minds will mean that patients and families at the Cross Cancer Institute receive the best treatment and care available.
Thank you, Dr. Watanabe, for leading the way and creating an educational legacy that will make a difference for Albertans facing cancer.
We’re all in this together, and Kham Lin has been instrumental in improving the lives of Albertans facing cancer. From 2007-2016 he led and organized the Don LaBerge Memorial Golf Tournament, raising over $200,000 in support of the Patient Financial Assistance Program – a program dedicated to providing much-needed financial support to patients undergoing treatment.
In 2017, Kham and fellow foundation supporter and friend, Tom Crist, helped to establish the Alberta Cancer Foundation Golf Classic - in memory of Don LaBerge and Janice E. Crist - serving as event co-chairs. Through the years, Kham Lin knows firsthand the difference these fundraising initiatives can make. With the help of Kham’s leadership and sponsorship support through his business K’ (Prime) Technologies, the Calgary-based tournament has netted over $830,000, with all proceeds supporting the patient financial assistance and patient navigator programs. This is real impact.
Kham, on behalf of the patients who have benefited from the Alberta Cancer Foundation Golf Classic – thank you. Thank you for your dedication to your community, thank you for your outstanding volunteerism, and thank you for easing the cancer journey so that Albertans can focus on what matters most - healing.
Red Deer resident, Doug Richardson, spent most of his marriage to his wife Marg in and out of cancer treatment. But after receiving his diagnosis just six months after their wedding, the state-of-the-art surgery and treatment he received at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre gave them 18 more years of moments together. This meant 18 more years for Doug to enjoy the things he loved most - hunting, fishing, the great outdoors, and spending time with his family.
After Doug’s fifth surgery, his options became limited and he passed away in 1999. Marg is grateful for the time they had together, and credits the team at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for giving them a life together - one that many experts didn’t believe was possible. For the last 25 years, Marg has expressed her gratitude for Doug’s care and hope for future progress by being a loyal monthly donor to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. She has also included a gift to the Alberta Cancer Foundation in her will. Thank you, Marg, for your commitment to creating more moments for Albertans facing cancer.
Terwillegar Trail Run and Walk
To say that the organizers behind the Edmonton-based Terwillegar Trail Run and Walk event are passionate would be a true understatement. This life-long group of friends is well-known for setting records as ‘ironman triathletes’ and even more importantly, banding together to support their community and make the biggest impact possible.
Since 2012, the Terwillegar Trail Run and Walk has raised over $300,000 in memory of their dear friend Ken Lane, and directly in support of prostate cancer research at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. You won’t find another group of people that can run faster, push harder, or care more deeply for one another and their community. Thank you for your incredible commitment to powering progress for Albertans facing prostate cancer.