We recently asked a couple of the researchers at the Translational Breast Cancer Research Unit (TBCRU) at the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), “Why do you walk on Mother’s Day for BCSC?” Our second Q & A is with Dr. Alison Allan, a breast cancer researcher and the new Director of the TBCRU in London below are her replies.
Who are you and what do you do at the Translational Breast Cancer Research Unit (TBCRU) at the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC)?
My name is Dr. Alison Allan, and I am a breast cancer researcher and the new Director of the TBCRU. My research focuses on studying why breast cancer spreads (or metastasizes), and how we can develop better ways of detecting, tracking, and treating this deadly aspect of breast cancer.
Why do you walk at the Breast Cancer Society of Canada’s (BCSC), Mother’s Day Walk?
I participate in the BCSC’s Mother’s Day Walk because I am passionate about the BCSC’s mission of saving lives through breast cancer research. The TBCRU was created in 1998 through a partnership between the London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP) and the BCSC. This partnership continues to flourish today, with the BCSC being a critical supporter of the TBCRU. Their amazing ongoing funding helps to support studentships, scientists, and the innovative “bench-to-bedside” breast cancer research being carried out in London.
Tell us your most memorable moment(s) you have from past BCSC, Mother’s Day Walk.
My most memorable moment came at the 2017 Mother’s Day Walk when I was lucky enough to meet Daniela Schmidt, a breast cancer survivor, avid Londoner, and all-around amazing lady! She gave an inspiring talk at the open ceremonies of the London BCSC Walk about the importance of research from the perspective of a breast cancer patient. Our whole TBCRU team was excited to cheer her on during the Walk!
What is your favorite way to fundraise and get people to sponsor your walk for the BCSC, Mother’s Day Walk?
I love telling my colleagues, friends, and family members about the important work that the BCSC is doing and how they are a key reason why we have such great breast cancer research going on in London. This is usually enough for people to say “how can I help”?!
Why are you looking forward to this year’s BCSC Mother’s Day Walk?
I am looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones this year at the BCSC Mother’s Day Walk. Every year it is inspiring to talk to participants, learn about their stories, and have fun with everyone in support of a great cause.
Find out why the Mother’s Day Walk is an annual tradition for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, register today at mothersdaywalk.ca