Trican Donates $5 million for cancer research

Trican Donates $5 million for cancer research by Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, December 14, 2011
(From left to right) President & CEO, Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Saifa Koonar; Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Board Chair, Jim Truesdale; President, University of Calgary, Elizabeth Cannon; President & COO, Trican Well Service, Donald R. Luft; Oncology Patient, 8-year-old Ethan Duncan, Alberta Health Services Board Chair, Ken Hughes; Executive Chairman, Trican Well Service, Murray Cobbe; CEO, Trican Well Service, Dale Dusterhoft. Photo courtesy Jody Boryski

“Trican is honoured to help advance care for the brave kids and families fighting cancer,” says Dale Dusterhoft, Trican CEO. “This gift is all about improving their health and well-being, and eventually finding a cure for the disease.” “Trican’s gift is an important example of how our health care system is strengthened through partnerships,” said Minister of Health and Wellness, Fred Horne. “Collaboration between Alberta Health Services, the University of Calgary, the Foundation, and especially generous community leaders like Trican is fueling innovation and new approaches to cancer care.”

“Trican’s generous gift will help bring childhood cancer research and care closer together, so that discoveries in the lab can be translated into better treatments and cures at the bedside,” said Elizabeth Cannon, president, University of Calgary. “It also supports the University of Calgary’s new strategic direction of becoming one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community of Calgary by 2016.”

“It’s great for our families and staff that Trican is willing to step in and make life better for kids battling cancer,” say Dr. Doug Strother, Director of Pediatric Oncology at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. “Trican’s generosity will allow us to build upon our expertise in Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Novel Therapies, helping to ensure we will save more children, faster and with fewer side effects.”

“Trican’s donation is an important investment in the fight against childhood cancer,” says Alberta Health Services Board Chair, Ken Hughes. “It gives new hope to patients and families affected by the disease and provides additional resources for the team of specialists working hard to provide the very best care to these kids.”

“Cancer is a word that strikes fear in all our hearts….”

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