Our 2018 highlights

21 January 2019

CCS 2018 HighlightsAs we wrap up the year, we are proud of the progress we’ve made to advance cancer research, support people living with and beyond cancer and advocate for a healthier Canada for all. None of this would have been possible without the dedication and passion of our donors and volunteers. Here are some of the things we can all be proud of:

  • 2018 was a year of continued transformation for CCS and we couldn’t have done it without your support. Read about where we came from and how we’re doing things differently here.
  • This year, more than 212,000 people in communities across the country came together to Relay, Run, ride or sell daffodils for our cause. Together, these passionate volunteers and event participants raised a whopping $45 million. Wow! Thanks to their dedication, we can continue supporting all Canadians touched by cancer.
  • We celebrated new national draft regulations for plain packaging that will be the most comprehensive and effective in the world. These regulations will protect children and ultimately save lives. Research shows that plain packaging reduces the appeal and attractiveness of tobacco products, especially to youth. Did you know we’ve been advocating for tobacco plain packaging regulations since the 1990s? Read about the major public health victory for Canada here.
  • Thanks to your donations, 3 CCS-funded researchers, Drs Daniel De Carvalho, Rayjean Hung and Michael Hoffman, developed a promising new approach for detecting cancer through a blood test. This new test offers a less invasive way of diagnosing cancer earlier.
  • In 2018, a surprising discovery completely changed our understanding of medulloblastoma, the most common brain cancer in children. With your donations, a CCS-funded study led by Dr Michael Taylor showed, for the first time, that medulloblastoma can spread through the blood. This finding opens new avenues for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Throughout 2018, we participated in government consultations which lead to the announcement of a new national framework for palliative care, something our staff and volunteers have long advocated for. The new framework identified goals and priorities to shift palliative care in Canada, including: palliative care training and education, research, support for palliative care providers and caregivers, and measures to facilitate equal access to palliative care.
  • As a dedicated advocate for caregivers, we celebrated greater leave for caregivers in 2018 after working hard to ensure that provincial legislation was in line with the current federal compassionate care benefit. Governments in British Columbia, Manitoba and New Brunswick, updated their employment legislation to extend compassionate care leave for Canadians providing support for terminally-ill family members.
  • Our online communities — CancerConnection.ca and ParlonsCancer.ca — have experienced continued growth this year. We have seen an 88% increase in the number of visitors this year and a 12% increase in the number of new registrants. The community offers a safe space for people with cancer to share experiences, acquire practical tips, and build supportive relationships. Trained moderators support the community, ensuring that it remains safe and supportive, and no post goes unanswered.