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Changing lives right here at home.

For over 30 years, the Cross Cancer Institute Golf Classic has raised over $14.2 million. This funding stays right here in Alberta to fund researchers who are not only helping Albertans but people all over the world.

Every day, 43 Albertans hear the words “you have cancer.”

In 2018, an estimated 2,500 Albertans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Most patients will receive surgery and almost one half will require chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy in addition to surgery. Despite all these forms of treatment approximately 33% of colorectal cancer patients will pass away from the disease. These are not just statistics. They are our loved ones, our neighbors, our friends. The Alberta Cancer Foundation’s 30th annual Cross Cancer Institute Golf Classic will continue to raise funds for colorectal cancer research to support Albertans facing the disease. Together we will make life better for Albertans facing cancer, Albertans like Denise Silzer & Colin Hackett.

It is time to be bold. It is time to save lives.

With your help, we can. Between 2016 - 2018, the Alberta Cancer Foundation has committed $3 million to a colorectal cancer research program that will make life better for Albertans facing this disease.

This research team, led by Dr. Michael Weinfeld, will investigate DNA repair systems in order to increase the effectiveness of cancer treatments while reducing side effects and increasing the quality of life for patients.

What will be done?

In order to improve treatment and the quality of life for colorectal cancer patients, the research team will:

  • Develop new drugs to block the ability of tumours to resist radiation and chemotherapy by repairing their DNA. This new family of drugs will be designed with properties that will increase efficiency of the treatment and lower, undesirable side effects
  • Use recent developments in nanotechnology to design carriers specific for each of the drugs. These nanocarriers can deliver complementary drugs at the same time to tumour tissues where they increase the potency of the treatment but spare healthy tissue, improving treatment success and quality of life during treatment

Your Dollars at Work

1989-1990 $79,500 Exercise Therapy Research Study
2002 $325,000 PET Imaging Centre
2003-2004 $680,000 PolyomX
2005 $606,200 Electron Microscope
2006 $750,000 Image-Guided Adaptive Radiotherapy Program
2007 $871,834 Investigational New Drug Program
2008 $947,461 Prostate Cancer Research Initiative
2009 $780,000 Image-Guided Adaptive Radiotherapy Program
2011 $1,765,285 PET/CT Scanner
2012 $1,155,000 Linac - MR
2013-2015 $3,540,000 Alberta Prostate Cancer Research Initiative
2016 $712,737 Colorectal Cancer Research Program
2017 $1,200,000 Colorectal Cancer Research Program

Together, we have the power to change lives, one swing at a time!

Colin's Story

At the age of 34, the father of four young children, Colin Hackett was diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer. He later learned that the cancer had spread to his liver. After surgery, Colin began what would be 30 rounds of chemotherapy. He also became a committed Ironman competitor and amazed his Doctors by doing things like swimming from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco a week before one of his treatments.

As Colin said, the hardest part of his cancer journey was all the waiting. He dutifully took his chemotherapy every second Tuesday, but unfortunately Colin passed away. But he didn’t pass away without making a difference and inspiring people all over Alberta. “To truly make a change, we need your help,” said Colin. “The advances made possible from donors has already made life better for people like me and I thank you for that. But we need to do even more.”