(Victoria, BC – May 24, 2011). The 6th Annual Canary Derby takes place on Saturday, June 18 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Vancouver Island Technology Park. The Derby brings the BC technology community, the Canary Foundation of Canada and the BC Cancer Foundation together in a thrilling soapbox derby, with each team pledging to raise money to support the early detection of cancer. Soapbox cars are built by corporate or private teams and are unpowered, relying completely upon gravity.

Since 2006 the Canary Derby has raised over $520,000 in Victoria – this year the event has a goal of $85,000, with the net proceeds used to assist three full-time researchers at the BC Cancer Agency’s Deeley Research Centre in Victoria. This research will be dedicated to early ovarian, prostate, pancreatic and lung cancer detection.

“The earlier we detect cancer, the better we are at curing it. That’s why we’re working so hard to develop new blood tests for cancer. The support the technology community is giving through the Canary Soapbox Derby and other efforts throughout the year to the BC Cancer Foundation, is truly phenomenal and we are very grateful,” said Dr. Brad Nelson, Director of the BC Cancer Agency’s Deeley Research Centre.
Dr. Nelson is a member of the international Canary Science Team, a group of top U.S.-Canada researchers who are collaborating on leading-edge early detection cancer research.

Dale Gann, Chair of the 2011 Victoria Canary Derby & President of the Vancouver Island Technology Park, has been involved with the derby since its inception in 2005. “I am very excited to see the success of the Canary Derby grow and contribute to research in Victoria that will one day yield a test for early cancer detection. With the community’s support, we can positively impact the progress of cancer research in British Columbia,” says Gann.

The Canary Foundation invites businesses to enter a team or to sponsor the event. Registered teams will be invited to tour the BC Cancer Agency’s Deeley Research Centre and attend an informative fundraising session on Tuesday, May 31 at 5 pm. Teams can register at www.canaryderby.com/victoria.

About the Canary Project
The goal of the Canary Project is to develop new blood and imaging tests that will allow doctors to find cancers at the earliest possible stage, eliminating the suffering associated with advanced cancers. In particular, the Canary Project is focusing on cancers of the ovary, prostate, lung and pancreas. There is one simple fact about cancer that is often overlooked: most cancers can be cured using today’s treatments if tumors are detected at an early stage, before they start to spread throughout the body. www.canaryfoundation.org

About Canary Foundation
Canary Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the goal of identifying cancer early through a simple blood test and then isolating it with imaging. Since 2004, Canary has raised over $30 million to support early detection research. Its collaborative research programs span multiple disciplines and institutions. One hundred percent of donations go to early detection research activities. For more information, please visit www.canaryfoundation.org

About the BC Cancer Foundation
The BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge that connects philanthropic support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge. As the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province, we enable donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia. We fund with the goal of finding solutions. As an independent charitable organization, we raise funds exclusively for the BC Cancer Agency that support innovative cancer research and compassionate enhancements to patient care. www.bccancerfoundation.com

About the BC Cancer Agency
The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. www.bccancer.ca

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For more information contact:
Dale Gann
Chair, 2011 Victoria Canary Derby
Cell: 250.888.5830
Direct: 250.483.3203