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President & Board Chair's Message

Paul Alofs & Stephen BearA record year … thanks to our many donors, supporters and volunteers
A Message from the President & CEO and the Chairman of the Foundation Board
We have now completed the second year of our ambitious five-year BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE for Personalized Cancer Medicine - in fact, as you read this report, we will be at the halfway point in the campaign.  We’re very pleased to report that at the end of the second year, we have raised $235 million through philanthropy, and our researchers have raised another $235 million through research grants.

In fiscal 2014, we achieved a record for net fundraising of $102 million for cancer research programs and clinical enhancements at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  This major milestone - hitting nine digits for the first time in our history - is an endorsement of the important work going on at this world-leading cancer centre for all Canadians. As always, this report is chock full of stories of our passionate and generous donors and the research that they are enabling.

The support of Emmanuelle Gattuso and Allan Slaight and the Slaight family in making Personalized Cancer Medicine a reality continues to be highly motivating for both our cancer centre staff and other donors. In addition to their pledged annual commitment of $5 million, Emmanuelle and Allan have encouraged others to support The Princess Margaret by matching their donations for a number of events and special initiatives.

This year more than ever, our major supporters stepped up to be part of the fundraising challenge.  Eight special receptions were held, mostly in the homes of long-standing donors.  At these events, attended by close friends, associates and family of the hosts, some of the most promising research taking place at The Princess Margaret was described by our leading scientists and, in some cases, patients.  Witnessing close-up the vision, intelligence and passion of our scientific and clinical researchers was truly inspiring.  We know that people left these events feeling that Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is definitely where amazing progress is being made in conquering cancer.

We’re very proud of our Foundation team which continues to innovate and create new opportunities to spread the word about the promising research programs taking place at The Princess Margaret and the continuing need to support them.  For the first time this year, the Foundation:
  • Held an eight- hour radiothon which was broadcast live from the cancer centre to Toronto’s Chinese community
  • Launched our own 5K walk/run called Journey to Conquer Cancer with 2,500 participants
  • Added a Cash Calendar and a 50/50 draw opportunity for our lottery ticket purchasers, which resulted in the most financially successful lotteries in our 17-year history

Also, in June 2014, our first Golf to Conquer Cancer event, presented by Harry Rosen, was successfully held at Coppinwood Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario, and we plan to expand this new branded event to other locations in the coming years. 

When another Canadian is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, there can be no doubt that our mission to conquer cancer in our lifetime is critical.  Thank you for your support of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.  You can be confident that your generosity is funding important research needed to fully understand this complex set of diseases as well as new treatments that will make a difference for you, a member of your family or a dear friend.  Each day, we are getting closer.   

Paul Alofs
President & CEO
Stephen Bear