Victoria Lifeline Volunteers To Receive Premier's Volunteer Service Award
Our Victoria Lifeline volunteers will be honoured for their extraordinary dedication to helping Manitobans lead safe and independent lives at the 35th Annual Volunteer Awards. They will be receiving the prestigious Premier's Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes the commitment demonstrated by outstanding volunteers in our province.
Hemant Shah is just one of our many volunteers who contribute an incredible 4,000 hours to Victoria Lifeline, a community service of The Vic Foundation. Thanks to Volunteer Manitoba and Executive Director Jackie Hunt for your work on behalf of volunteers in Manitoba.
What Doesn't Kill You: The Lyle Bauer Story
What Doesn't Kill You is a story about fight, hope and inspiration in the face of a cancer diagnosis. It is a compelling and thought-provoking glimpse into the life of Lyle Bauer, a multiple Grey Cup champion, CFL executive and cancer survivor.
Purchase your copy of What Doesn't Kill you for $21 from The Vic Foundation (cash only) and a portion of the sales will support the renovation of two staff team rooms on Units 4 and 5. Proceeds will also support the Never Alone Foundation and the CFLAA Support Fund.
Garden Party Raises $40,000 To Complete Solarium Upgrades
On September 14, The Vic Foundation hosted an extraordinary evening of fine wine, delicious food, live music and incredible prizes inspired by our award-winning and community funded Miracle Garden.
The net proceeds of this special evening were $40,000 and will be invested in our Buhler Cancer Centre Solarium, a welcoming and restorative space for patients and families living with cancer.
Thanks to the ongoing generosity of our community and the support of this unforgettable evening, more than $200,000 will be invested in our Solarium to ensure patients living with cancer in our community have the support they need to battle their disease.
Thank you to our 2017 Garden Party sponsors and supporters for helping to make the road ahead brighter for patients and families living with cancer.
Read Stephanie's story to find out how the Buhler Cancer Centre Solarium provided her with comfort and support following her cancer diagnosis.
2017 Garden Party
New Vic Foundation Logo Wins Top International Creative Award
The Vic Foundation's new logo has won a Bronze award in the 2017 Summit Creative Award® competition.
Selected out of more than 5,000 submissions from 21 countries, this award-winning logo reflects our dedication to advancing healthcare, as well as our vision of creating healthier futures for the people in our community.
Congratulations to Hire Marketing for winning this prestigious award for the redesign of our logo!
Investing in Pancreatic Cancer Research
Pancreatic cancer is a relatively rare disease, with 181 patients diagnosed in Manitoba in 2013 (Source: CancerCare Manitoba). Patient prognosis is often poor; approximately 80% of pancreatic cancer diagnoses are advanced (Source: National Cancer Institute).
Most patients receiving chemotherapy treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer experience some degree of peripheral neuropathy (numbness, tingling and pain) during treatment. There is a potential for the peripheral neuropathy to become permanent. When a patient develops neuropathy, the healthcare team may decide it’s not safe to continue treatment, or the patient may decide to stop treatment.
The Vic Foundation is partnering with the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF) to invest $28,000 in new research to explore the link between advanced pancreatic cancer treatment and peripheral neuropathy.
Dr. Christina Kim, a highly-skilled medical oncologist at The Vic’s Buhler Cancer Centre and CancerCare Manitoba, is embarking on a new study to assess changes in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer during treatment. The study will be coordinated by the Victoria Institute of Clinical Research & Evaluation.
“There are currently two first-line chemotherapy treatment options for advanced pancreatic cancer,” says Dr. Kim. “New research may ultimately help us to determine the ideal therapy, ideal dosage and help in preventing toxicity in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. Once complete, the results from this study will give us the important information that will help us in collaborating with other centers across Canada for a larger cohort study.”
The Vic Foundation and MMSF have been collaborating to advance healthcare research since 2013, co-funding two research grants totaling $50,000.
Celebrating a year of giving at Annual General Meeting
Our board members, staff and various members of our Vic family gathered on July 27th for our Annual General Meeting. B.J. Langdon, Chair of The Vic Foundation's Board of Directors, recognized our dedicated volunteer board members for their many contributions over the past year.
Following the meeting, guests had the opportunity to gather in our award-winning Miracle Garden to celebrate all that has been achieved in the past year and look forward to the year ahead.
Special thanks to Tony Roma's for providing the delicious food at our reception!
New COPD Diagnosis Method Improves Patient Care
Researchers from the Victoria Institute of Clinical Research & Evaluation have worked in partnership with Dr. Francis Lin’s Immunotrafficking Lab at the University of Manitoba and Seven Oaks Hospital to develop a safer and more efficient method to diagnose Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
“The new method uses a microchip smaller than those found on a credit card that contains many specially designed channels to test the interaction between a patient’s white blood cells and mucus from the lower airways (sputum). COPD sputum contains factors that can attract white blood cells, and the level of the cell motion can be used as a measure of COPD,” says Dr. Lin.
“While the connection between cell migration and COPD has been known for many years, we have now developed a cell migration test that is simple and fast enough for clinical diagnosis,” says Dr. Jiandog Wu, a MITACS Postdoc Fellow in Dr. Lin’s lab.
“This innovative test can be performed by a nurse in under 25 minutes and requires only a small drop of blood and the sputum sample," says Dr. Susy Santos, Director of the Victoria Institute of Clinical Research & Evaluation.
The standard method for COPD diagnosis is known as spirometry, which tests how well the patient can breathe. According to Dr. Lin, the main limitation of spirometry is that it requires patient cooperation, which can be difficult for patients with severe conditions or who are unable to follow the procedures. Research shows that for patients diagnosed with COPD using the spirometry test, diagnoses were only correct half the time.
“The cell migration test is a more refined option since it assesses the disease at the cell function level,” says Dr. Wu. “This test can provide useful information to complement the traditional methods for more accurate disease diagnosis and to help predict the risk of disease progression. This method is inexpensive and simple to perform, allowing for better and safer care for patients and increased staff efficiency.”
Dr. Santos says the team has a strong vision for the future success of this new method.
“In the future, a test kit could be prescribed to the patient for a COPD self-test that can be done at home,” says Dr. Santos. “We believe that this method will be successful in the diagnosis and monitoring of COPD as well as other diseases in the years to come.”
COPD is a progressive disease that makes it difficult for sufferers to breathe. It is one of the most common lung diseases, with a patient’s condition worsening over time as the disease progresses.