Since the founding of the Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon in 2004, more than $2.2 million has been raised to fund all forms of cancer research. 100% of this fundraising goes to research teams dedicated to identifying cancer earlier, improving treatments and enhancing the quality of life of people living with cancer. Since 2015, funds raised have been matched with a double their impact program to tackle one of the toughest forms of cancer – brain cancer. Brain/central nervous system (CNS) cancer is currently the most common cause of cancer death among older adolescents and young adults aged 15-29 years. In adults, it is a devastating disease with a 5-year survival of only 23%, compared to over 63% for cancers overall. We know research can change outcomes for this disease and support is needed for those living with and beyond it.
We have seen firsthand the results of donations raised from this event. Dr. Geyer, a Prairie researcher, and his team have developed an imaging agent that can be injected into the patient just before a procedure. This agent emits light helping doctors better distinguish cancerous tissue from healthy tissue and see its defined borders.
Canadian Cancer Society is the second largest national charitable funder of research into cancers of the brain and CNS. An internationally respected, science-based, peer-review process identifies the projects that provide the best opportunity for success and saving lives. In 2019, the CCS-supported Canadian Cancer Trials Group led 8 active brain cancer clinical trials, testing new therapies and approaches with Canadians affected by the disease. These trials took place in 20 cities in 8 provinces across Canada. It is through the tireless efforts of events like the Foodfare WPS Half Marathon and donors, such as yourself, that such research projects and trials are possible. In addition to life-saving research, your donation helps provide a support system that helps people with brain cancer and their caregivers live their lives as fully as possible. Your gift helps people better manage life with cancer, provides community and connection, and builds wellness and resilience throughout the cancer journey. Thank you for your generosity!
The Foodfare WPS Half Marathon consistently provides a great race experience. Registrations are limited to ensure every participant has a safe and memorable race. For 2022, there will be a virtual 5k and half marathon and a live 5k, half marathon and 2 person relay! For more information or to register as a participant, please see wpshalfmarathon.ca.