How are your fundraising dollars spent?
The BRIGHT RUN supports breast cancer research at the Juravinski Cancer Centre and the Escarpment Cancer Research Institute (a joint research institute of Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University) located in Hamilton Ontario. In 2014 it is estimated that approximately 9,500 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in Ontario. This represents 26% of all cancer diagnosed in women. In recent years there have been many improvements in the treatment and care of patients with breast cancer. However there is still much more that needs to be done. Advances are made based on the knowledge gained through research.
Each year, the Grants & Distribution committee of the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation calls for applications for funding of research and education projects. The Research & Education Panels review the applicatons and make recommendations, while the Grants & Distribution Committee approves and awards the funds. BRIGHT RUN funds support research that will potentially impact the lives of the thousands of patients we care for each year and make a significant difference in our ability to provide them with the best possible outcomes. The BRIGHT RUN proceeds are used to fund breast cancer research being done right here in Hamilton. We are very grateful for the ground swell of community support for BRIGHT -over $2 million dollars has been raised over the last 7 years. To date, there have been 14 breast cancer research grants funded. The average grant is for $50,000 with the possibility of up to $100,000 of support for exceptional projects. The studies which have been funded to date are showcased here.
In 2010 the BRIGHT RUN committed to the purchase of an Ultrasound Machine which is now operational in the BRIGHT RUN suite of the new Breast Assessment Centre. A key to a BRIGHTer future is increasing our knowledge of cancer through research, translating this knowledge into state-of-the-art clinical practice, and sharing this information with other clinicians worldwide.