Your Dollars at Work



Your Impact in Alberta

A Message from Christy Soholt of the Alberta Cancer Foundation

Since my inaugural walk, I look forward to this amazing Weekend every summer. Two days where I bear witness to and participate in a movement that changes the face of women’s cancer for all Albertans. This year, 2012, will mark my fourth Weekend and although the fundraising is slightly more challenging and the training reminds me that I am a year older each time, my commitment to walking grows stronger with each step.


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I started walking before I knew much about the Alberta Cancer Foundation. I started walking solely to help fund research that would advance treatment and care for women like me that were diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age of 28. I continue walking because I now see amazing progress first-hand. I continue walking because I’ve met incredible people that have inspiring stories of courage, support, and sacrifice. And I continue walking to do what I can for all cancers. We are all part of movement to end cancers that claim the lives of far too many mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and friends. It is a movement for all of us who believe a cancer-free future is possible. It is a monumental event that changes lives.


Over 8 years, the Weekend has raised $47 million for cancer research, treatment and care! We have launched more than 50 new research projects taking place at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, the Cross Cancer Institute and the University of Lethbridge. And we’ve made screening and earlier diagnosis possible for thousands of rural Albertans with two mobile facilities, fully equipped with state-of-the-art digital mammography. When I meet with researchers in the province, or sit with my oncologist for a yearly appointment, or walk through the halls of the cancer centres, I am fortunate enough to see how this investment has made a difference.


But we can’t stop here. This year more than 2,700 new women’s cancer cases will be diagnosed in our province and sadly more than 600 women will lose their lives to breast and gynecological cancers. While we celebrate many milestones, we owe it to those we love to continue walking until we can prevent or cure all cancers.


We need to keep the momentum going. My husband, Trevor, and I will once again join thousands of you throughout the streets of Calgary, each with your own reason for walking. Our team is dedicated to Dad’s girls and is in memory of my Dad that passed away from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2010. Dad would do anything for his daughters, granddaughters and my Mom. He was devastated by my diagnosis as I was by his. He often said if one of us was to succumb to the disease he would much rather have it be him than me. In his absence, Trevor and I walk for progress for those he loved. One step at a time, one dollar at a time, we know we are making a difference.


As a member of Alberta Cancer Foundation team, and as a survivor, a wife, a daughter, a sister and a woman, I invite you to walk with me on July 21-22 in Calgary, in the 2012 Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers!


-ask a friend or family member to join you - and take your first steps toward a cancer-free future.

 

Christy Soholt
Alberta Cancer Foundation