Community Heroes: Husky donates $1 million to Cancer Society

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The Canadian Cancer Society in Newfoundland and Labrador has received a $1-million donation from Husky Energy to expand a critically important cancer prevention program aimed at lowering cancer incidence rates in the province.

The Canadian Cancer Society in Newfoundland and Labrador has received a $1-million donation from Husky Energy to expand a critically important cancer prevention program aimed at lowering cancer incidence rates in the province. The gift provides a significant boost to the society’s existing prevention program and establishes a comprehensive outreach to help protect the province’s youth and turn the tide of cancer incidence. — Submitted photos

The gift provides a significant boost to the society’s existing prevention program and establishes a comprehensive outreach to help protect the province’s youth and turn the tide of cancer incidence.

“Making sure people have the best available information and resources to reduce their risk of cancer is essential to fighting this disease,” said Husky CEO Asim Ghosh. “The Canadian Cancer Society runs outstanding programs in cancer prevention and care, and Husky continues its longstanding support of that work through this meaningful initiative to further increase awareness.”

Newfoundland and Labrador has many of the country’s most troubling cancer statistics, including:

— the highest cancer incidence rate at 434 cases per 100,000 people, compared to a low of 361 in British Columbia;

— among the highest smoking and drinking rates in the country; and

— Canada’s most overweight province — 69 per cent of the people are overweight or obese.

The program will target schools, workplaces and families to help people of all ages make healthier choices. This program will also reach remote areas, such as Labrador’s coastal region and communities on Newfoundland’s south coast and Northern Peninsula.

“We are enormously grateful for Husky’s support. Their gift puts the spotlight on lifestyle change and awareness — the essence of cancer prevention — in Newfoundland and Labrador and across the country. Stopping cancer before it starts is an urgent national imperative. Together we can prevent half of all cancer cases through healthy living and policies that protect the health of all Canadians,” said Pamela C. Fralick, president and CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. — Submitted photos

Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, Canada Northern Peninsula

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  • chris
    August 01, 2014 - 12:13

    Jay, Right- on.

  • Jay
    July 31, 2014 - 10:35

    Why not provide some of this money to people with cancer who cannot afford expensive meds. What portion of this donation goes to salaries, probably 65 to 75% as do most other donations. Donate to individuals instead, they've been researching for years, cancer is a profitable business.

  • Thank you JR and Bobby!
    July 30, 2014 - 06:11

    This is a drop in the bucket compared to what has been given away by a stupid province who would go all aboard mountain bikers killing lichen! Stupidity is the greatest affliction. Attack stupidity and cancer will fade away, and all these white collar welfare crowd can put there Sunday clothes away and go to work for their community (not pantomiming for handouts from the profits of our own toil for the oil) and not 'JR and Bobby' in Dallas!

    • Ashley
      July 31, 2014 - 05:10

      This post makes no sense whatsoever. If it's a rant about ect bikers, take it elsewhere please , or please remove it, Telegram.

  • Morris
    July 29, 2014 - 06:06

    ". Together we can prevent half of all cancer cases through healthy living and policies that protect the health of all Canadians,” said Pamela C. Fralick, president and CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. " PLEASE PLEASE MS. FALICK , provide a list of the types of cancers cases and which new policies we require to reduce Cancer by 50%??

    • Gerry
      August 04, 2014 - 10:55

      Ms Fralick's point is right on the mark. Someone needs to take up the real problem which is our very poor diet and lifestyles. Example; our major food suppliers are still baking with trans fats, everything is drenched with sugar and salt, white flour is still pumped into almost everything and no one at our "Dept. of health is bothering to take the any notice at all. There needs to be some controls put on food suppliers and the public needs to wake up and make some changes to help the process along. We are now finally getting a dribble of organic produce in our supermarkets which hopefully will increase. There also should be some encouragement from government to promote these initiatives. Imagine the savings that would result in health care from a decrease in cancer and diabetes rates alone.