Husky donates $1-million for cancer prevention program

Published on July 23, 2014
Pictured (from left) are: Malcolm Maclean, Vice President, Husky Energy, Atlantic Region;  Sharon Smith, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Cancer Society-NL; Al Pelley, Vice President, Philanthropy, Canadian Cancer Society-NL; Pamela Fralick, President and CEO, National Office, Canadian Cancer Society. — Submitted photo

Husky Energy has donated $1 million to the Canadian Cancer Society in Newfoundland and Labrador to enable it to expand its cancer prevention program, aimed at lowering cancer incidence rates in the province.

The society said in a news release, the gift provides a significant boost to the its 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 around 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 the highest cancer incidence rate at 430 cases per 100,000 people, compared to a low of 362 per 100,000 in British Columbia.

The society says the prevention program will target schools, workplaces and families to help people of all ages make healthier choices and will also reach remote areas like Labrador's coastal region and communities on Newfoundland's south coast and northern peninsula.

"We are enormously grateful for Husky's support,” said Cancer Society president and CEO Pamela Fralick. “Their gift puts the spotlight on health 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.”