Make life-changing medical advancements

Make life-changing medical advancements

That's what we're doing with $1.41 billion

Dr. Jennifer Chan

Associate Professor and Kids Cancer Care Foundation Chair in Pediatric Oncology, Dr. Jennifer Chan, MD, is the deputy director of the new Charbonneau Cancer Institute Childhood Cancer Research Program lab.

Help families thrive following cancer diagnoses

A $1-million gift from the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta to the Faculty of Nursing builds research and improves clinical interventions to help families heal from the psychosocial aspects of a childhood cancer diagnosis. The Kids Cancer Care Foundation Chair in Child and Family Cancer Care is the first of its kind in Canada; this is the largest gift in the faculty’s history.

Fight childhood cancer

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation received a gift of $5 million from Trican Well Service Ltd. in support of childhood cancer care at Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH), as well as research at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health and the Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute. In honour of Trican’s donation, cancer patients at ACH will now receive outpatient care in the newly named Trican Hematology, Oncology and BMT Clinic.

Two children are having laughing together outside

Cade Morey and Terry Morey

Fuel precision medicine

At UCalgary and around the world, precision oncologists are finding new methods to treat cancer more effectively and prolong the lives of cancer patients — patients like Terry Morey, the grandfather of the Energize campaign’s youngest donor. Cade Morey, just eight years old at the time, was inspired to donate to lung cancer research when his grandfather was diagnosed. “I raised $400 to help doctors figure out how to defeat cancer,” says Cade. “I felt good doing that. I want my poppa to stay with us for a long time.”

Elevate excellence in medical research and education

An historic $100-million gift from Geoffrey Cumming, with another $100 million matched by the province, started a tremendous new chapter for UCalgary’s medical school. The power and potential of Cumming’s gift has consistently attracted global leaders in medical research to the now aptly named Cumming School of Medicine.

Bring top researchers together to combat brain disease

A $6-million gift from the Ronald and Irene Ward Foundation created a new space in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the Cumming School of Medicine. The 12,000-square-foot Ron and Rene Ward Centre for Healthy Brain Aging Research houses experts in stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and medical imaging.

Tackle youth concussion research 

Through the NFL’s “Play Smart. Play Safe” initiative, US$35-million was allotted to five institutions in North America for medical research, primarily dedicated to neuroscience. UCalgary is the only institution in Canada to receive funding. The gift fuels a pan-Canadian research program, led by researchers with the Faculty of Kinesiology, that aims to reduce concussions and their consequences in youth sport.

Improve women’s heart heath

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in Canada, claiming a life every 20 minutes. That’s why the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta — which was established with a $15-million foundational gift from the Alvin and Mona Libin Foundation — has made women’s heart health a priority, establishing a formal program that focuses on research, education and clinical care.

Dr. Zelma Kiss

Mitigate the impact of brain-related illness and injury

Through the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Ronald and Irene Ward Foundation provided $1.6 million for research into brain health, a priority under the Eyes High strategy.