Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Trailblazer for Cancer event. However, we recognize that cancer diagnoses and treatments are not stopping in the face of COVID-19; PROFYLE and the IWK still needs our support.
That is why we are asking you to still gather your family and do your own walk, run or cycle in a socially distant manner and make a donation to the Trailblazer for Cancer event. We also encourage you to reach out to your friends, families and networks and ask if they are able to support the IWK, too.
All funds raised from Trailblazer for Cancer will support the Terry Fox PROFYLE project (short for PRecision Oncology For Young peopLE) through the IWK Foundation. Eighty per cent of children diagnosed with cancer will survive, but outcomes are poor for the 20 per cent whose cancers have spread, returned or are resistant to treatment. This project gives another chance to young cancer patients who are out of conventional treatment options.
In the face of COVID-19, fifteen IWK patients will still enter the PROFYLE program this year, and we will be there to support them.