Cancer survivorship is a relatively new field in cancer care. The growing success of primary
treatments for cancer has led to a whole new awareness of the issues that can arise once
treatment is over. A small handful of visionary individuals and organizations recognized that these issues would need to be addressed and have made significant financial contributions to the CancerBridges program. Here on this page we would like to recognize these visionaries.
Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology
Dr. Janine Giese-Davis was brought to the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada from Stanford University in California, U.S.A. by Dr. Linda Carlson who holds the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology co-funded by the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society Alberta/NWT Division. This endowed chair in part has funded Dr. Giese-Davis’ salary, and significantly supported survivorship research studies undertaken by CancerBridges. Since Janine’s arrival in 2008 there has been continuous forward movement to provide evidence-based psychosocial survivorship care, and a provincial survivorship research and program in Alberta.
Mrs. Isabel McPherson & The Order of the Eastern Star
We would like to recognize the role that the late Mrs. Isabel McPherson has played in making this opportunity possible. Up until July 2012, her single donation was responsible for all of our efforts toward the CancerBridges’ Survivor Network, webpage, and educational programs that reach not just Calgary and Edmonton, but extend throughout rural Alberta. Her passion for providing resources for survivors as well as a commitment to fundraising through the Order of the Eastern Star has been instrumental in the creation and maintenance of this survivor network. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the memory of Mrs. McPherson, her family, and the Order of the Eastern Star for everything they have done for cancer survivors in Alberta.
Alberta Cancer Foundation
The Alberta Cancer Foundation provides ongoing support by accepting donations on behalf of CancerBridges, and facilitating the donation by the Order of the Eastern Star. They also directly cover part of ongoing operational costs and are instrumental in encouraging donations to the Enbridge Chair in Psychosocial Oncology Research that funds much of our work. Their support enables CancerBridges to be on the leading edge of patient-centred care for cancer survivors in Alberta.
Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society awarded a special innovation grant to the CancerBridges team in January 2012 that has enabled us to keep building and developing creative supportive care programs for cancer survivors around Alberta.
Alberta Cancer Research Institute (ACRI)
Dr. Janine Giese-Davis’ salary and start-up costs were supported by an ACRI Recruitment and Retention Grant 2009-2012.
Alberta Heritage Foundation
Dr. Linda E. Carlson’s salary is provided by an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Health Scholar grant. Linda Carlson is a longstanding leader in integrative medicine and survivorship research.