BRIGHT – Breast cancer Research In Greater Hamilton Today

The BRIGHT Run was created because of the inspiration and encouragement from breast cancer patients at the Juravinski Cancer Centre (JCC).

Our patients told us they wanted to fund breast cancer research taking place at the centre that helped them, beyond simply writing a cheque. They said that if we held a local walk/run to raise money for local research, our patients would be there.

A group of healthcare providers – oncologists, surgeons, nurses, therapists and others – launched the BRIGHT Run. Not an easy task for a bunch of people well-versed in all things medical, but generally inexperienced in event planning.

But plan it they did, and the first BRIGHT Run in 2008 welcomed patients, family members, friends, neighbours, co-workers and others from throughout the cancer centre’s catchment area.
The JCC serves the large area defined by our Local Health Integration Network (LHIN): Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant, Burlington and most of Norfolk.

In the early 1980s, a small group of oncologists and nurses at the Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre, now called the Juravinski Cancer Centre, started a breast cancer clinic where breast cancer patients were assessed, their special needs attended to and treatments initiated in a timely fashion.

In 1992, the cancer centre moved to its present location. The relocation and expansion of the cancer centre meant the Breast Cancer Disease Site Group (DSG) also grew significantly. The centre outgrew its space by the early 2000s and another expansion was completed in 2006.

By this time, the Breast Cancer DSG had grown to include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, general practice oncologists, nurses, genetic counsellors and social workers.

The first BRIGHT Run – on Sept. 6, 2008 – at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area was a great success. Even the rainy, misty weather couldn’t dampen the excitement. More than 1,000 participants raised more than $250,000. What a testament to the support for our local breast cancer researchers!

Since then, BRIGHT Run participants have raised more than $3.5 million and funded 16 important local research projects.

We are very proud of the work we do here in Hamilton at the JCC in support of women and men with breast cancer.

Through the BRIGHT Run, we look forward to bringing increased awareness to breast cancer research being done right here in Hamilton and raising much needed funds to ensure it continues.