Daffodil Ball raises $1.5 million for cancer survivorship research

23 April 2018

Vancouver -

Philanthropists attending the Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) Daffodil Ball in Vancouver helped to fund cancer survivorship research across Canada by giving more than $1.54 million over the course of the evening. In its 22 year history, the Daffodil Ball has raised an impressive $17.1 million for the fight against cancer.

Last night’s gala guests focused on raising funds to help improve the quality of life of cancer survivors. While more Canadians are surviving cancer than ever before, intensive treatment also means survivors are often faced with late and long-term physical, emotional and psychological effects.

A recent study by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer revealed that 80% of cancer survivors report having physical challenges after their treatment is over while 70% report emotional and psychological challenges. Some late effects may not even be immediately obvious – for example, a child may receive treatment and be in remission, only to experience heart failure years later. Preventing this heart failure in childhood cancer survivors is a primary area of focus for two of the researchers supported by this year’s Daffodil Ball, Dr Colin Ross and Dr Rod Rassekh.

“There is no doubt that we have made incredible progress in the fight against cancer but there is a critical need to improve both the life expectancy and quality of life of cancer survivors,” says Andrea Seale, Executive Director, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. “We are grateful for the support of these committed donors who gave to specialized research into survivorship so that we can uncover new ways for people to thrive after cancer.”

The 2018 Daffodil Ball was presented by Wheaton Precious Metals Corp and organized by a committee of business leaders and prominent philanthropists led by Jennifer Traub and Megan Lammam. Approximately 600 guests attended this year’s Daffodil Ball, which was held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Guests enjoyed delectable cuisine and a highlight of the evening was a surprise performance by Sarah McLachlan, who attended the event as a guest. She performed her hits “Angel” and “Ordinary Miracle.”

The always popular Dipping-For-Diamonds was generously sponsored by Lucara Diamond and featured a 1.38 carat flawless pear shaped diamond in a pendant valued at $40,000. Guests also enjoyed one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items including an exclusive visit to the private Tesla factory in Northern California along with accommodation and flights.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

For more information, please contact:
Sheila Dong
Senior Manager, Strategic Communications
Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.