Welcome Back!

Leap magazine has been on a brief hiatus while we worked on a new look, but we’re back with the same goal of sharing compelling stories about generous Albertans making an impact across the province. We are honoured to hear these individual stories every day at the Alberta Cancer Foundation, and when we see them compiled in Leap magazine, we are also reminded by the breadth and depth of progress taking place across this province, much of it made possible by donor support.

For instance, you’ll read about the OASIS program, designed to provide Albertans support for the sexual health changes that can accompany a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Health-care teams often hear questions about how treatment affects sexual dysfunction or fertility and this program, supported in part by our donors, addresses those issues. We also feature “Research Rockstar,” Dr. John Walker — yes, Johnnie Walker — an oncologist at the Cross Cancer Institute who is using investigator-initiated clinical trials to fund the best treatment options for his patients with the fewest side effects. These trials, funded by the
Alberta Cancer Foundation, are a creative and cost-effective way for researchers to test their good ideas. We have some of the brightest minds studying cancer in this province. These trials offer them a way to answer important questions that will, and already have, led to the discovery of innovative, safe and effective cancer treatments.

In our regular column “True Calling” we profile our partners in Alberta Health Services and the excellent work taking place across this province. In this issue of Leap, we go right to the top of CancerControl Alberta and learn more about Nancy Guebert, the new chief program of officer. Nancy brings a strong patient focus and background in health-care management and as you get to know her a little bit in Leap, you will see this province’s cancer program is in great hands. We can attest to that.

You’ll also read about 10-year-old Cadence Colborn, who proves it’s never too young to be a philanthropist. This determined girl from Saskatoon was part of the legendary Ringette Scores on Cancer tournament benefitting the Alberta Cancer Foundation and when she set her mind to raising money for us before travelling from Saskatchewan to play, she wound up as the top fundraiser for the entire tournament by being creative and asking friends and family to donate. We could all learn a thing from young Cadence.

We’re happy to be back and hope you enjoy Leap’s return as much as we do.

Myka Osinchuk, CEO
Alberta Cancer Foundation

Thomas Hodson, Chair
Alberta Cancer Foundation