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Breast Cancer is one of the most common cancers among Canadian women. It not only impacts the individuals living with the disease, but their families, friends and loved ones as well. In 1981, when I arrived in Hamilton, there were only a few oncologists who specialized in treating patients with breast cancer. Over the subsequent years, the breast cancer team in Hamilton grew rapidly to over 70 people from many disciplines including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, pathologists, radiologists, and geneticists. I am proud to say that we have built a program for breast cancer treatment and care that is one of the best in the country.
In 1981, there were a limited number of treatment options for patients with breast cancer. Over the last 38 years the options for the management breast cancer including prevention, early detection, treatment, and palliative care have expanded substantially. These changes are all as a result of knowledge that has been generated through research. A top-notch group of researchers has been established in Hamilton. Our research has impacted on treatments nationally and internationally.
Twelve years ago, we organized the first BRIGHT RUN. It was a great success, with over 1000 participants and more than $250,000 was raised. Since then the event has been held each year and in excess of $3.5 million has been raised to support breast cancer research in our area. Sixteen research studies have been supported with BRIGHT RUN funds and a very exciting new initiative will be presented announced at the 2019 BRIGHT event.
I believe in a future without Breast Cancer! That’s why I am joining with others in our community to participate in the BRIGHT RUN in support of breast cancer research in Hamilton at the Juravinski Cancer Centre by researchers appointed at McMaster University.
You can support this important research and help us get closer to a world without breast cancer! The 12th Annual BRIGHT Run is taking place at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Help me to reach my goal! Please consider sponsoring me NOW. Online pledging is secure and it saves money by reducing administrative costs. Together we can make a difference!
August 27, 2019
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