2010 Courage Campaign
There are more than 20,000 cancer survivors in our community and the unfortunate reality is that number is growing. Each day 16 people walk into their doctor's office and receive the news: "You have cancer."
According to the World Health Organization we can control cancer, cut the incidence of cancer and the rate of cancer deaths by as much as half because we know how to prevent, find and treat cancer.
The Courage Campaign is our community's leading cancer fundraising team — working to ensure local cancer patients, researchers and caregivers have the resources and tools they require to help increase cancer survivorship here in Eastern Ontario.
2010 Courage Campaign - Phase II
Phase II of the Courage Campaign will be active over the next two and a half years to bring the total raised by the Cancer Foundation's Courage Campaign to $50 million.
Shorter Wait Times
The 2009 referral to consult provincial standard is 14 days. In our region, this standard is met in 55% of cases. (Source: Champlain LHIN data).
In order to address to the issue of wait times for cancer patients, the Cancer Foundation's Courage Campaign has pledged $5 million towards the expansion of Cancer Centre at the General Campus and another $7 million for the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. This money will be used for a number of projects including the purchase of equipment that will directly impact wait times for cancer diagnosis and treatment in our region.
The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation funded a new nuclear SPECT/CT Gamma camera at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. This purchase was made using funding from the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. The $950,000 camera is a hybrid that can do both CT scans and nuclear medicine and it will enable to Queensway Carleton Hospital to treat 50 more patients a week.
Access to New Therapies
Government, hospital and pharmaceutical industry cutbacks have created an urgent need for financial assistance to begin, maintain or complete clinical trials. A lack of funding also limits the number of research projects that can begin in our region.
The Cancer Foundation's Courage Campaign is making a commitment to raise more than $7.7 million for clinical and laboratory research.
Human clinical trials continue to be one of the fastest ways for researchers to find better treatments and bring scientists closer to finding a cure for cancer. Clinical trials allow patients to play an active role in their own health care, gain
access to new research treatments before they become widely available and obtain expert medical care at leading health care facilities. Due to the Cancer Foundation's support local residents are among the first to take part in the human clinical trials for the oncolytic virus. Here in our community 9.8% of cancer patients participate in the clinical trials program. (Source: Champlain LHIN)
The Cancer Foundation provides vital seed funding to local scientists, allowing them to begin their research projects and use those initial results to secure larger national and international grants. That gives researchers the opportunity to advance their projects — and potentially make new discoveries. And it's those new discoveries, that are made in local labs, that allow our local hospitals and research facilities the opportunity to attract some of the world's best and the brightest scientists.
In 2000 the Cancer Foundation was able to give Dr. John Bell's lab at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute $25,000. This initial funding was used to begin research on the oncolytic virus (an engineered virus that is able to infect and kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed.).
The Cancer Foundation has supported his work every year since then, contributing to the construction of a laboratory to manufacture this potentially life-saving therapy and funding internships to attract research talent from across the world to his laboratory. All of this support helped Dr. Bell secure larger national and international grants leveraging dollars contributed by our donors.
Today we are proud to report that because we rallied together, because we raised funds for Dr. Bell's lab, several new clinical trials using oncolytic viruses are in development and will be carried out in Ottawa and other cancer centre's in Ontario over the next four years.
Close To Home Access to Care
Eastern Ontario covers a large geographical area with the hub for cancer treatment taking place in Ottawa. Some residents living outside the Capital have to travel longer distances to receive treatment — taking them away from their support network.
The Cancer Foundation's Courage Campaign will continue to develop key partnerships with regional health care providers including the Montfort Hospital, to ensure local cancer patients have the best possible care close to their homes. The Cancer Foundation will spend more than $4.7 million to fund projects that develop and upgrade cancer services in smaller communities including Winchester, Pembroke, Cornwall and many more — allowing local patients the opportunity to receive some forms of cancer treatment in their own communities, surrounded by their family and friends.
The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation allocated more than $100,000 to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital for the purchase of a new digital mammography machine. The funding was made on behalf of the 'Winchester Heelers' who took part in the annual Weekend to End Breast Cancer fundraiser. The new digital mammography machine comes with a $500,000 price tag.
Improve Quality of Life
The diagnosis of cancer often leads to a crisis of the body, mind and spirit. While resources are available to diagnose and treat the disease at the medical level, support available through the health care system in Ottawa and the region is limited and primarily focused on the acute phases of illness.
The Cancer Foundation's Courage Campaign is making a significant investment in the area of improved quality of life-planning to allocate more than $7.1 million dollars. More than $5.1 million will go to the development of the region's first centre for cancer survivorship - The Maplesoft Centre. The Cancer Foundation has also committed $1 million to Bruyere Continuing Care for the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital's Geriatric Day Hospital and the development of a palliative care rehabilitation program spearheaded by Dr. Martin Chasen, a medical oncologist.