RUN4HOPE: BC Cancer Foundation

RUN4HOPE - New Charity program for the BMO Vancouver Marathon

RUN4HOPE is the charity program of the BMO Vancouver Marathon, with goals to raise funds for social impact and community good, plus foster a spirit of community celebration. RUN4HOPE provides value to charities, and charitable options for participants, enabling runners to fundraise and/or donate to charities. Run & Give! Organized by the local non-profit RUNVAN®, the event’s RUN4HOPE program has helped runners like you raise over $15 million for charity. Thank you!

Raise $400 for an official RUN4HOPE charity, and our non-profit RUNVAN® will reimburse your race registration 20%


As the fundraising partner of BC Cancer, every dollar at the BC Cancer Foundation stays right here in B.C. to advance research and enhance care for people across our province.

Thanks to the generous support of BC Cancer Foundation donors, cutting-edge research, precision treatment discoveries, and enhancements to care have already changed the outcome for many people impacted by the disease.

People like Jesse, who knows firsthand the experience of facing a cancer diagnosis. Multiple times.

In December 2000, Jesse booked an appointment with his doctor for what he thought were swollen glands. At the time, he was wrapping up a teaching practicum for his first degree in a fifth grade classroom and was convinced the flu his students had been passing around for the better part of two months was to blame.

However, what he thought were swollen glands turned out to actually be a grapefruit sized tumor and a cyst attached to his thyroid. It wasn’t long after this discovery that Jesse received his first cancer diagnosis.

Little did he know, that was only the beginning of his relationship with the disease. As of today, Jesse has been diagnosed five times with two different types of cancer. He has undergone five surgeries, 39 rounds of radiation and completed a radioactive iodine treatment.

“I am happy and healthy and live with a chronic condition that shouldn’t affect my longevity of life as long as the cancer keeps presenting the way it has in the past,” Jesse says.

This year, Jesse has decided to join RUN4HOPE and raise money for the BC Cancer Foundation. On May 5, 2019 he will be running the BMO Vancouver Marathon and fundraising for the cause.

“I want to show my gratitude for the excellent care I received and to support further research in hopes that others will have the same outcomes I’ve had,” he says.

Jesse’s story is just one example of how the generosity of BC Cancer Foundation donors is changing the outcome for the one in two British Columbians who will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime.

The progress is real. Together, BC CAN break down cancer.

Please join our BC Cancer Foundation team for the BMO Vancouver Marathon RUN4HOPE and help bring new hope to families across B.C. impacted by cancer. To learn more, visit

Visit Jesse’s personal fundraising page here

About BC Cancer Foundation

At the BC Cancer Foundation we believe that with your help BC CAN make a difference in the lives of all British Columbians. One in two people in our province will face cancer in their lifetime and we’re igniting progress to break down cancer, piece by piece, in the labs and clinics. BC CAN improve treatments for patients, harness genomics to save lives, and prevent cancer for the next generation. We are actively working with our 100,000 donors and communities across B.C. to inspire investment in BC Cancer and our provincial teams of world-leading researchers, oncologists and care providers. Together, BC CAN break down cancer.

Run & Fundraise. Make a Donation.

Take your race to another level. Run and raise funds for one of our Official Charity Partners to enjoy a more meaningful run. Raise $400 for your charity, and our non-profit RUNVAN® will reimburse your race registration 20%. Charity runners may choose to then give those savings back to their charity of choice.