BRIGHT Run is all about supporting research. It is through research that advances in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care of breast cancer are made.
Every dollar that our BRIGHT Run participants raise supports breast cancer research at Hamilton’s Juravinski Cancer Centre and the Escarpment Cancer Research Institute, a joint organization of Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University. This research has the potential to impact the lives of thousands of local breast cancer patients.
In 2020, an estimated 27,400 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada with about 75 diagnoses daily. This is about a quarter of all cancers diagnosed in women. In addition, approximately 240 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada last year, representing just under one percent of all breast cancer diagnosis. There have been many improvements in the treatment and care of patients with breast cancer, but much more needs to be done. Advances come from the knowledge gained through research.
Applications for BRIGHT Run grants go through a rigorous process to ensure funds are spent well. Each year, applications are received by a committee of the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation. The applications are reviewed by specialized, independent research and education panels, which make recommendations to a committee that awards the funds.
BRIGHT Run funding is important because there is enormous competition for research funds across the country. It can be difficult to attain funding for smaller studies, which often form the groundwork for larger projects.
BRIGHT Run has funded 17 breast cancer research projects, which may lead to larger studies. The average grant is about $50,000. The studies which have been funded to date are showcased here.
In 2010, BRIGHT funds purchased an ultrasound machine, which now operates in the BRIGHT Run suite of the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre. As well, BRIGHT funds supported the recently endowed BRIGHT Run Breast Cancer Learning Health System Chair at McMaster University.
We are grateful for the groundswell of community support for BRIGHT. More than $5 million has been raised since the first BRIGHT Run in 2008.