Supporting The Alberta Cancer Foundation

Posted by Jesse Willms on January 10, 2011

It’s time for me to announce my latest initiative to help make the greater Alberta community a better place. On August 11, the Cross Cancer Institute Golf Classic will be held here in Edmonton at The Derrick Golf and Winter Club. This tournament is intended to help raise money and awareness for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. I’m sponsoring a portion of the event by giving $5,000 which goes towards the tournament and the foundation.

The Alberta Cancer Foundation is a really important group to support; it manages more than $79 million in research endowments. Within the past nine years, fourteen cancer research chairs have been funded fully or in part by the Alberta Cancer Foundation. These endowed chairs mean Alberta is home to world leaders in cancer research.

• Cancer is the leading cause of death for Albertans.
• Nearly one in two Albertans will develop cancer, and one in four will die of cancer.
• More than 6,000 Alberta families suffer the loss of a loved one to cancer every year.
• 45,000 Albertans are currently being treated for cancer, with more than 15,000 new patients added each year.

I’d love to be able to play in the tournament myself, but let’s be honest – you need to have at least minimal golf skills if you are not going to embarrass yourself. I don’t have those skills. I’m a runner, not a golfer. I participated in the Run For The Cure and the Santa Shuffle, but will be sitting out on the sidelines for this important event. Still, I’m glad to help the Alberta Cancer Foundation, and I’m very proud that two of my employees will be on hand for a round on the links.

It is a tragedy that so many of our friends and neighbors will be afflicted with cancer. Yet, with enough research we can find ways to make cancer a thing of the past. Helping make that happen is something we need to do to help the community.