Local residents answer the call

Cancer agency success owes a lot to local generosity

District 69 residents played a big part in the success of the B.C. Cancer Agency’s B.C. Generations Project, which enrolled 1,060 people from the mid-Island.

The local residents join 24,000 other British Columbians and 250,000 across the country in the initiative to provide information on how environment, lifestyle and genes contribute to cancer and other chronic diseases.

The massive collection of health data will be secure and available for thousands of research studies in the future, allowing researchers to examine how different factors contribute to health or disease.

The four week mid-Island campaign, based in Nanaimo, wrapped up Aug. 18 and is considered a huge success.

“We extend a heartfelt thank you to all the men and women who enthusiastically donated their time to help build a healthier tomorrow for future generations of British Columbians,” said project director Dr. Marilyn Borugian in a press release.

 

People aged 35-69 can still join the project at www.bcgenerationsproject.ca.