Research Funding

The money you raise through the BRIGHT Run supports breast cancer research at Hamilton’s Juravinski Cancer Centre and the Escarpment Cancer Research Institute, a joint organization of Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University.

In 2017, an estimated 10,100 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in Ontario. This is about a quarter of all cancers diagnosed in women. There have been many improvements in the treatment and care of patients with breast cancer, but much more needs to be done. Advances are made based on the knowledge gained through research.

Grant applications go through a rigorous process to ensure funds are spent well. Each year, applications are received by a committee of the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation. The applications are reviewed by specialized, independent research and education panels, which make recommendations to a committee that awards the funds.

The BRIGHT Run funds breast cancer research right here in Hamilton, research that will potentially impact the lives of the thousands of patients we care for each.

There is enormous competition for research funds across the country. It can be difficult to attain funding for smaller studies, which often form the groundwork for larger project.

The BRIGHT Run has funded 16 breast cancer research projects, which may lead to larger studies. The average grant is about $50,000, with the possibility of up to $100,000 for exceptional projects. The studies which have been funded to date are showcased here.

In 2010, BRIGHT funds purchased an ultrasound machine, which now operates in the BRIGHT Run suite of the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre.

We are grateful for the groundswell of community support for BRIGHT. More than $3.5 million has been raised since the first BRIGHT Run in 2008.