Foundation Matters – February 2023 Edition

Last October, the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan launched a provincial fundraising campaign to replace the Breast Screening Bus.

Our goal is to raise $2 million so this life-saving service remains available for women in our province.

After only 4 months, you have donated more than $927,000! Thank you!

When we announced our plan to raise the funds to replace the Breast Screening Bus, an anonymous friend of the Foundation came forward with a challenge to the people of Saskatchewan: Support the Bus and they will match all donations up to $100,000. You quickly rose to the challenge and surpassed that goal!

We know that the Breast Screening Bus offers a critical service to the women living in rural and remote communities, and your response has shown us that you see it’s value too!

To learn more about the Breast Screening Bus, or to make a donation towards the replacement of the bus, please click here.

In their own words, here are just some of the reasons the Breast Screening Bus is important to donors:

Continue reading below to hear about just some of the people that are working together to ensure that Saskatchewan women have access to breast screening mammograms:

Donor Spotlight: Arie Van Duyvendyk

Arie is the founder of Dutch Growers Garden Centre in Saskatoon and proud father of 6 children he raised in the business alongside his beautiful wife, Adrie. Arie knows the burden of cancer and has always been an avid supporter of the Saskatoon Cancer Centre. In fact, Dutch Growers Saskatoon has been the gorgeous venue of Choc’laCure for 13 years. This year, in honour of Choc’laCure, Arie made a $50,000 donation to help replace the Breast Screening Bus.

Arie, thank you so much for all the beauty you bring into the world. We appreciate your commitment to supporting cancer care right here at home!

Donor Spotlight: Annual Ride for Breast Cancer Screening

On the third Sunday every September, motorcycle riders gather at Prairie Harley Davidson for the Annual Ride for Breast Cancer Screening. Together, they celebrate loved ones in remission or on their cancer journey. They also remember those lost to this devastating disease.

This past fall, over 160 Saskatchewan motorcycle riders hopped on their bikes and raised $18,746 to support the replacement of the Breast Screening Bus!

Funds raised at the Annual Ride for Breast Cancer Screening have supported the purchase of digital mammography and patient equipment, and since 2014 more than $169,545 has been donated to replace the Bus.

Donor Spotlight: Co-op Refinery Complex

Every October, the Co-op Refinery Complex hosts a Wellness Challenge for their staff. This year, over 200 employees participated and not only did they get fit and have fun – their efforts were rewarded by a community donation. Co-op Refinery Complex donated $10,000 to the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan to support the replacement of the Breast Screening Bus!

Donor Spotlight: BHP Jansen’s Paint Saskatchewan Pink

Each October, the staff and contractors working at the BHP Jansen Stage 1 Potash project hold their annual Paint Saskatchewan Pink event! Throughout the month BHP staff and the contractors that work on site participate in activities, wear pink and hold information sessions to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.

While previous events have supported breast cancer research, when BHP learned about the need to replace the Breast Screening Bus, they were quick to ‘get on board’! This year, BHP and their partners donated more than $20,000 to replace the Bus.

Established in 2019, the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan is the fundraising partner of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.  Every dollar raised is used to enhance cancer treatment and care, screening programs, research and prevention in Saskatchewan.

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