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How United Way helps local people tackle community issues

How United Way helps local people tackle community issues

From Period Promise to Hi Neighbour, opportunities are growing for citizens to get engaged

  • Mar 2, 2020
How United Way helps local people tackle community issues
View Royal Firefighters Jake Haymes (left), Jon Swick, Riley Leach, Matt Hamilton, Drew Coleman (Climb 2020 Team Captain), and Joey Drolet climbed the wall in Vancouver in support of the BC Lung Association. (File contributed/BC Lung Association)

Hundreds of B.C. firefighters ‘climb the wall’ for BC Lung Association

The charity fundraiser saw participants climbing up 48 storeys

View Royal Firefighters Jake Haymes (left), Jon Swick, Riley Leach, Matt Hamilton, Drew Coleman (Climb 2020 Team Captain), and Joey Drolet climbed the wall in Vancouver in support of the BC Lung Association. (File contributed/BC Lung Association)
The 13th annual Pink Shirt Day took place on Feb. 25, with students and politicians gathering at the B.C. Parliament Buildings to say no to bullying. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

VIDEO: Province promotes ‘lifting each other up’ on 13th annual Pink Shirt Day

Students, MLAs, community members gathered at B.C. Parliament Buildings Wednesday

The 13th annual Pink Shirt Day took place on Feb. 25, with students and politicians gathering at the B.C. Parliament Buildings to say no to bullying. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Pink Shirt Day campaign urges Canadians to ‘Lift Each Other Up’
Pink Shirt Day campaign urges Canadians to ‘Lift Each Other Up’
IHOP’s National Pancake Day is set for March 12. (Contributed)

IHOP to host seventh annual National Pancake Day

IHOP will be offering free short-stack pancakes in support of BC Children’s Hospital on Tuesday

IHOP’s National Pancake Day is set for March 12. (Contributed)
Dr. Cynthia Chan, a family physician and non-smoker diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in 2014, is alive today because of cutting-edge, life-saving treatment innovations at BC Cancer.

Doctor facing lung cancer encourages community support

Lung cancer remains among the deadliest and most prevalent cancers in B.C.

  • Feb 24, 2020
Dr. Cynthia Chan, a family physician and non-smoker diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in 2014, is alive today because of cutting-edge, life-saving treatment innovations at BC Cancer.
Marking a significant increase in connections between neighbours, Clayton Heights residents organized a second annual Family Day pancake breakfast this week. Photo from 2019, JLS Photography.

Families build connections and community with United Way

Local initiatives take aim at social isolation

  • Feb 17, 2020
Marking a significant increase in connections between neighbours, Clayton Heights residents organized a second annual Family Day pancake breakfast this week. Photo from 2019, JLS Photography.
BC Woman Facing Advanced Breast Cancer Defying the Odds

BC Woman Facing Advanced Breast Cancer Defying the Odds

You can help BC can stay one step ahead of women’s cancers

  • Feb 3, 2020
BC Woman Facing Advanced Breast Cancer Defying the Odds
United Way charts innovative course for community

United Way charts innovative course for community

Building connections to tackle challenges of social isolation

  • Feb 3, 2020
United Way charts innovative course for community
When Bob Charron was diagnosed with Stage 2B prostate cancer, his BC Cancer oncologist quickly identified him as a prime candidate for an innovative treatment called brachytherapy - therapy that soon got his retirement plans back on track.

Improving the standard of care through brachytherapy

BC Cancer Foundation donors have played a significant role in advancing brachytherapy research

  • Jan 13, 2020
When Bob Charron was diagnosed with Stage 2B prostate cancer, his BC Cancer oncologist quickly identified him as a prime candidate for an innovative treatment called brachytherapy - therapy that soon got his retirement plans back on track.
Makena experienced 100 debilitating seizures when she was just a toddler. Her life was transformed after undergoing multiple specialized surgeries at BC Children’s.

Getting their child back from a ‘deep hole’

After Makena suffered 100 seizures, surgery became a ‘high point’ for these parents

  • Dec 2, 2019
Makena experienced 100 debilitating seizures when she was just a toddler. Her life was transformed after undergoing multiple specialized surgeries at BC Children’s.
Changing the outcome through philanthropy

Changing the outcome through philanthropy

Donor support plays a vital role when it comes to cancer breakthroughs

  • Dec 2, 2019
Changing the outcome through philanthropy
Scientific advance delves deeper into cancer than ever before

Scientific advance delves deeper into cancer than ever before

Researchers can now read the genomes of single cells within a tumour

  • Nov 18, 2019
Scientific advance delves deeper into cancer than ever before
Laurie Rix lost her husband, Neil Macrae, in 2017 to breast cancer. (BC Cancer Foundation)

Breast Cancer Awarness Month: Men get breast cancer, too

According to BC Cancer Foundation, more than 200 men in Canada will be affected this year

  • Oct 21, 2019
Laurie Rix lost her husband, Neil Macrae, in 2017 to breast cancer. (BC Cancer Foundation)
Genomics saves West Vancouver woman’s life after facing aggressive ovarian cancer

Genomics saves West Vancouver woman’s life after facing aggressive ovarian cancer

Personalized onco-genomics program is BC Cancer’s flagship study in precision medicine

  • Oct 21, 2019
Genomics saves West Vancouver woman’s life after facing aggressive ovarian cancer
Photo by Craig R. McCulloch taken at the Vancouver Aquarium, Oct.3 /2019

Partnership grants new ocean conservation opportunites for B.C. youth

Ocean Wise and the Duke of Edinburgh Award celebrate new partnership for ocean conservation

Photo by Craig R. McCulloch taken at the Vancouver Aquarium, Oct.3 /2019
Paintings are to be on display at the Oct. 9, 2019 gala in Vancouver. (Contributed photo)

B.C. stroke survivor’s art to be showcased at gala

Vancouver event to also raise funds for community programs

Paintings are to be on display at the Oct. 9, 2019 gala in Vancouver. (Contributed photo)
Avic Arenas lost her mother to cervical cancer in 2018. (Baneet Braich/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: An epic ride to honour her mother

Avic Arenas says the Ride to Conquer Cancer gives her hope

  • Aug 26, 2019
Avic Arenas lost her mother to cervical cancer in 2018. (Baneet Braich/Black Press Media)
BC Cancer President & CEO Sarah Roth. (Submitted)

BC Cancer Foundation raises record $63.7 million

More than 77,000 people in B.C. will receive cancer care this year alone

BC Cancer President & CEO Sarah Roth. (Submitted)
Photo by Kevin Javanmardi

Get to know Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recipient Kevin Javanmardi

A black belt kickboxer who mentors children on kindness and plays piano and guitar

Photo by Kevin Javanmardi