DMRF is proud to have a special partnership with GIVETOLIVE, whose mission is to Inspire people to live happy and healthy lives through generosity, fitness, and achievement of the extraordinary.
Since 2008, GIVETOLIVE has raised over $3 million for a variety of different causes by having people commit to outstanding physical activities and generous fundriasing endeavours.
Today, their events include:
DMRF is honoured to have been chosen as the recipient of the fundraising efforts of The Big Ride since 2016. With a focus on cancer research, funds from The Big Ride are being directed to the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute.
WHO WAS BEATRICE HUNTER?
DMRF’s reputation for funding exceptional medical research at Dalhousie was the catalyst for Nova Scotia native Beatrice Hunter to became a long time supporter. In 1997, Beatrice gave an anonymous gift of nearly $2.2 million to DMRF to help establish several research labs at the Faculty of Medicine. Shortly after, at the age of 90, Beatrice passed away. Early in 2000, DMRF learned she had left $12.5 million to the Foundation – the largest single donation in its history.
Beatrice left instructions that the bequest be used to establish an endowment for cancer research in memory of her parents, Dr. Owen and Mrs. Pearle Cameron. The Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI) is named in her memory and her bequest was placed in the Cameron Endowment Fund which generates approximately $500,000 per year for cancer research at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine
In 2018, funds raised by GIVETOLIVE have helped support four of these talented trainees:
- PhD student Emily Drake
- MSc students Michael Giacomantonio and Daniel Medina-Luna
- Postdoctoral Fellow Megan Whaley
- Additionally, three GIVETOLIVE stipends for summer studentships will be awarded in the summer of 2019 as an effective way to launch excellent students as they prepare for future graduate training.