Together, millions of cells form tissues, organs, bones and muscles. Genes in each cell order it to grow, work, reproduce and die. Sometimes the cells form lumps or tumors, or spread through the bloodstream and lymphatic system. The leading cause of death in Canada, cancer exacts a tremendous financial toll. Annual wage losses alone are over $3.8 billion.

THEN: Cancer has been around for centuries, but not much was known about the disease. In the 1940s, the survival rate was about 25%.

Enter the Canadian Cancer Society.

NOW: Today, over 60% of Canadians with cancer will survive at least 5 years after diagnosis, thanks to tremendous strides made in cancer research. Beyond funding critical research, the Canadian Cancer Society offers support services and promotes regular screening.

Living Proof of Donations At Work

The Canadian Cancer Society helps millions of people every year.

“Once you get over the shock and the sadness and the fear and you start getting a hold of yourself, you realize that there is something you can do. In my case, it was to help other people, and I became a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society.”

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Kim Gurtler - HealthPartners / Canadian Cancer Society