Canadian Cancer Society assumes responsibility for the CIBC Run for the Cure and announces that 100% of funds raised in Quebec will stay in Quebec

02 October 2017

Montreal -

On the heels of the annual CIBC Run for the Cure, held yesterday across the country including in Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke and Val-d’Or, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is pleased to announce changes in the breast cancer landscape in Quebec.

The CIBC Run for the Cure, which this year raised $17 million for breast cancer research and vital support programs, has been an initiative of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) since 1992 and has been carried out locally in partnership with the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation (QBCF) for the last several years. With the merger of CCS and CBCF earlier this year, CCS has assumed responsibility for the Run in all provinces including Quebec.

«We are delighted by this strong result, which includes $1.14 million raised in Quebec alone,” says Suzanne Dubois, Executive Director of CCS Quebec. “Going forward 100% of funds raised by the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure in Quebec will stay in Quebec to fund cutting-edge research plus prevention and support programs that make a real difference in the lives of people with breast cancer. We also plan to expand the Run to additional sites across the province.»

«CIBC has been a committed partner for more than two decades and we’re so grateful for their unwavering dedication to the breast cancer cause. We are thrilled to continue to work with CIBC to create a world where no Canadian fears cancer, » d’ adds Dubois.

CCS is now the largest funder of breast cancer research in the country. One in 8 Quebec women is expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Over the past 20 years, CCS and CBCF have together invested more than $360 million in breast cancer research, funding more than 1,000 grants.

About the Canadian Cancer Society in Quebec
With its 38 offices and service centres across the province, CCS is the Quebec organization with the potential to save the most lives. Each year, the CCS assists more than two million people in Quebec. Thanks to the support of 300,000 donors and 30,000 volunteers in Quebec, it is able to:

  • prevent more cancers;
  • fund more research projects;
  • support more people living with cancer.

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  • In 2017, 6,500 women in Quebec will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 1,300 women will die from it. With the ageing of the population, by 2030, we forecast a greater than 205 increase in the number of breast cancer cases diagnosed.
  • The breast cancer death rate has fallen by 44% since 1988, likely due to early diagnosis thanks to advances in screening and better treatments.
  • The current breast cancer survival rate is 87%. It was 73% in the 1980s.

For additional information and interview requests with a breast cancer survivor or a CCS spokesperson, please contact:
Lauriane Ayivi
Coordinator, Communications and Public Relations
Canadian Cancer Society
514 255-5151, poste 22417

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