Couple give $250K to cancer campaign

Inspired by wife’s illness, pair make capstone donation

A Victoria couple’s generous donation has helped a B.C. Cancer Foundation campaign reach its goal.

Clive and Ann Piercy donated $250,000 to the foundation’s Inspire the World campaign June 7, capping off the $10-million campaign which was started in September 2009.

The money will go towards building a new patient and family support centre at the B.C. Cancer Agency, as well as a new ward for early cancer detection in patients. The agency is located next to the Royal Jubilee hospital.

Clive said he was inspired to make such a donation because his wife, Ann, is an ovarian cancer survivor. She was diagnosed early in 2008, he said, but he wished the cancer didn’t even make it to the operable stage.

“If there had been earlier detection, we could have saved her the trauma of the operation,” he said. “If research had happened, we’d hope someone could be detected earlier at the pre-operable stage.”

Clive is the president of the Chateau Victoria Hotel and has been a Victoria businessman all his life. Ann works for the Pacific Opera Victoria.

The new ward for early detection will be named after the Piercys.

Laura Walsh of the B.C. Cancer Foundation said she thinks the couple was inspired by the leading-edge research that goes on at the cancer agency.

She said the new addition, which will combine patient care, support and research, will be unique in B.C. and possibly even Canada.

“There’s real power in bringing them all together.”

Construction on the new addition will start in August, and is expected to take a year.

intern@vicnews.com

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Scarlet fever reported at Victoria elementary school

Parents advised to look for symptoms of ‘strawberry tongue’ and rash

Saanich dog walkers react to potential review of bylaws allowing off-leash dogs on beaches

Focus should have remained on migratory birds, not on dog behaviour, says Cadboro Bay dog walker

No dogs allowed off-leash at Luxton Fairgrounds in Langford

New sign placed by Metchosin Farmers Institute on Wednesday, Feb. 19

North Saanich’s Deep Cove Market up for sale for almost $1.8 million

Long-time owner Rosemary Scott hopes the public will understand her decision

Council approve temporary storage to extend life of Oak Bay Fire Hall

It’s cute, it’s iconic, but the picturesque Oak Bay Fire Hall is… Continue reading

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

Toffoli scores OT winner as Canucks beat Habs 4-3

Demko makes 37 saves for Vancouver

Private clinics would harm ‘ordinary’ people using public system in B.C.: lawyer

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced in 2018 that the government would begin to fine doctors $10,000

B.C. terminates contract with hospice society refusing assisted death

Delta Hospice Society loses hospital service fund of $1.5 million

Child in hospital following fatal crash that killed father, sibling on B.C. highway

The single vehicle crash occured near Kamloops on Highway 5A

‘Die!’: Vernon councillor mailed death threat

This story contains information that might be sensitive to some readers

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Two B.C. men plead guilty to bus-terminal assault of man with autism in Ontario

Parmvir Chahil and Jaspaul Uppal due to be sentenced in June for aggravated assault

Most Read