Donation of $50 million for new Calgary Cancer Centre

A massive investment of $50 million has been given to the new Calgary Cancer Centre from the Arthur J.E. Child Foundation.

The centre is now officially named the Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre in honour of the donation.

The building sits next to the Foothills Medical Centre. Arthur J.E. Child was a philanthropist known for his generosity and passion for helping people.

He received the Order of Canada in 1985 following his work in the business, military and public service sector.

Wendy Beauchesne, the CEO the Alberta Cancer Foundation told us how important this new cancer centre is going to be for patients who are battling the deadly disease.

“What I would say is that cancer treatments have come so far, and they continue to advance. But every day in this province, 60 people hear the words, you have cancer. And so there is still a huge need, despite the advancements, to find better ways to treat and detect cancers. And this donation will be the life blood for some really important research and innovation that will happen at the new Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre when it opens its doors in about a year.”

This announcement comes after the Alberta government said this new facility would come at a cost of $1.4 billion.

The $50 million donation represents the largest gift to cancer care and research in Alberta’s history.

The centre will fully open in 2024.

Micah Quinn

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