breast cancer awareness month

Breast Cancer Society of Canada 

Have you noticed the colours? The daffodils and tulips are the first real splash of vibrancy after a grey winter. It is refreshing to know some warmer temperatures are ahead. More time outdoors with the sun can provide some extra motivation to move our bodies.Gratitude for your supportThank you to those who supported Million Steps to Mother’s Day powered by Cleo in support of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. You are a part of a community of caring Canadians working together to end breast cancer.

There is still time to donate! You can make a contribution to an individual, team or make a general donation to the event.DONATE TODAYFor those who are still rallying support, incentives will be mailed out to participants who raise more than $250. Our long-time supporters at Cleo continue to generously offer incentives to our event participants. A $25 gift voucher will be provided for every $250 raised (up to a maximum of $500 per participant).

To qualify, donations must be received online by June 10th, 2022. Cash and cheque pledges must also be processed before this deadline.Keep moving with OptimityEven though the Million Steps to Mother’s Day event is now over, you can keep tracking your steps and movement with the free health app – Optimity. This award-winning, micro-learning app is loaded with short quizzes, exercises, stretches, meditations, and challenges that help millions of members live healthier, wealthier, and longer.

Check out the new Optimity Premium to get access to Headspace Plus and other big benefits!
Your donations at workHow does it feel to help save lives through breast cancer research?Donations received by BCSC continue to fund innovative and cutting-edge breast cancer research across Canada. Take a read below and learn about some of the research projects that are currently in motion:

Monique Morin is an MSc student in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, under the co-supervision of Dr. Muriel Brackstone and Dr. Jeremy Burton. Her research focuses on characterizing the breast microbiome in women at high risk of breast cancer and subsequently modifying it with probiotics. The goal is to see if harmful bacteria in the breast can be replaced with “healthy” bacteria to reduce inflammation in the breast tissue, a major contributor to the morbidity of breast cancer.

Rober Abdo is a PhD student in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, under the co-supervision of Dr. Qi Zhang and Dr. Shawn Li. His project focuses on molecular profiling of breast cancer brain metastases. He will study samples from breast cancer patients with brain metastases to identify changes in the cancer cells that allow the cells to spread, evade brain defense mechanisms, and flourish in the brain microenvironment, using cutting-edge techniques known as NanoString Digital Spatial Profiling and mass spectrometry. Rober hopes that his work will identify critical changes that may serve as targets for the future treatment of breast cancer brain metastasis.

Sawyer Badiuk is a PhD student in the Department of Medical Biophysics, under the co-supervision of Dr. Eugene Wong and Dr. Jeff Chen. Sawyer studies the effectiveness of radiation therapy treatments for breast cancer that has spread to the brain using novel imaging techniques. Her research involves monitoring the response of the brain and cancer cells after treatment, to find an optimal radiation treatment that controls the cancer while also reducing side effects. The overall goal of her research is to prevent new and recurring brain metastases.

These socks were made for walkin’ …Our two winning designs have been produced by Collins Clothiers and are ready for purchase.Socks are $15 each plus applicable taxes and shipping. 50% of proceeds will be donated to BCSC, in support of life-saving breast cancer research.Order TodayRegional BranchesOur Regional Branches are volunteer-driven and advance our vision of an end to breast cancer. This new initiative provides opportunities for individuals and organizations to become active in supporting breast cancer research across Canada.  You can support us locally by:·      Fundraising for life-saving breast cancer research·      Raising awareness around the importance and impact of our research·      Advocating for access to testing and breast cancer treatmentsVolunteer with us! For more information about volunteer opportunities with BCSC, please connect with Susan Penney, Community Engagement Officerspenney@bcsc.caVolunteer your time and talentJoin the BCSC volunteer team and use your time to help us achieve our mission to save lives through breast cancer research.
Our volunteers make a positive and lasting impact in the lives of those living with and surviving breast cancer by working with the society on meaningful assignments including special events, fundraising projects, administrative tasks – and much, more!Even just a few hours of your time makes a difference in the fight against breast cancer.Learn more about our research at bcsc.caCONNECT WITH US! ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌
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