Daffodil Ball raises almost $1.3 million for immunotherapy research

01 May 2019

Vancouver, BC -

April 28, 2019 (Vancouver, BC): Philanthropists attending the Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) 23rd annual Daffodil Ball in Vancouver last night raised almost $1.3 million to fund life-saving immunotherapy research. Since 1997, the Daffodil Ball has raised an impressive $18.4 million for cancer research and CCS support programs.

Proceeds from this year’s event will support the work of talented and driven researchers across Canada who are making significant leaps in immunotherapy science and are poised to change the game of cancer treatment for people facing cancer.

One of these researchers is Dr Brad Nelson, a trailblazing immunotherapy researcher located in Victoria, BC who is currently exploring how to disrupt the physical barriers that stop immune cells from reaching and effectively attacking tumours. By determining which drugs can assist, Dr Nelson thinks he can design more effective immunotherapies for cancer.

“While researchers have made incredible immunotherapy discoveries in recent years, they are only just scratching the surface. There is an urgent need for more research to make immunotherapy a safe and effective option for people facing any type of cancer,” says Andrea Seale, Interim CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. “We are grateful for the support of our generous donors at the Daffodil Ball who raised funds for life-saving immunotherapy research and clinical trials.”

The 2019 Daffodil Ball was presented by Wheaton Precious Metals Corp and organized by a committee of dedicated business leaders and prominent philanthropists led by Megan Lammam and Jennifer Traub. Over 550 guests attended the event at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver where they enjoyed decadent cuisine and wine from Clos du Soleil in Keremeos, BC. Musical guest Victoria Anthony performed her debut song Without You, which was written for her grandmother during her experience with breast cancer.

Lucara Diamond once again generously sponsored Dipping-For-Diamonds – a diamond raffle draw –with a featured 1.31 carat round brilliant cut diamond valued at $51,000. Guests also enjoyed one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items including a trip for two to Greenland with One Ocean Expeditions, a trip for two to Melbourne, Australia and a private catered meal for ten by Chef David Hawksworth.

“We know we couldn’t do what we do at CCS without a collective of committed individuals including our donors, researchers and volunteers like this Daffodil Ball committee,” adds Seale. “With the help of hundreds of thousands of people that CCS brings together, including the more than 550 people who joined us at the Daffodil Ball, we are a force-for-life in the face of cancer.”

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 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

For more information, please contact:
Sheila Dong
Director, Strategic Communications
Canadian Cancer Society
604-802-2321 (cell)