Research Funding

The 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. The money you raise through the BRIGHT Run 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 will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada with about 75 diagnoses daily. This is about a quarter of all cancers diagnosed in women. In addition, 240 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada this year. 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.

Grant applications 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.

The 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.

The BRIGHT Run has funded 16 breast cancer research projects, which may lead to larger studies. The average grant is about $50,000, with the possibility of up to $100,000 for exceptional projects. The studies which have been funded to date are showcased on the Projects page.

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 will support 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 $4.2 million has been raised since the first BRIGHT Run in 2008.