Help shed a light on cancer this holiday season.

One in two of us will hear the words “you have cancer” in our lifetime. You likely know someone touched by cancer ­– which means you know the mental, physical and emotional toll it takes on people and those who love them.

Wellspring Calgary exists to ensure no one has to face cancer alone.

Thanks to donors like you, Wellspring offers a comprehensive array of evidence-informed programs and services – complementary to medical treatment. We treat the mind, body and spirit. We provide a steadfast community of support and belonging for anyone diagnosed with cancer and their families.

“The thing about Wellspring is it’s one big community of compassion and understanding. Everyone is welcome, there are no exclusions. It doesn’t matter what program you take or how much energy you have to contribute, you always know it’s okay. You’re with your people, you’re where you belong.”
– Bev Watson, Wellspring member

Your financial support makes all of this possible. You are the friend that reaches down and lifts up members like Bev Watson, living with Stage IV cancer. Your support enables Wellspring to provide free programs and resources that build hope, joy and community.

Six months of online programming during the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that Wellspring Calgary is on track to serve the same number of people living with cancer in 2020 as we served in 2019 when we had two centres open and fully operational. Surveys of these online programs shows 91% of participants felt less isolated in their cancer journey and 99% would recommend Wellspring to a friend.

When you give to Wellspring Calgary, you transform lives. You infuse dark days with light.

With this year’s pandemic, those living with cancer are experiencing significantly more stress and isolation. To show you care, we invite you to make a donation or increase your support – and your gift will be matched!

This year, the Gerald A. Cooper-Key Foundation, Jack Anderson and Dr. Wendy Ovaris, the Reilly Family and additional anonymous donors have stepped up to match donations made on or before December 31, up to $205,000­ – making this year our largest Light It Up Year-End Matching Campaign ever!

Click here to make a donation and have it matched.

Thank you for being a friend and a light in the world. Thank you for caring.

With gratitude,

Patti Morris
Chief Executive Officer, Wellspring Calgary

The Willow Park Wine & Spirits Raffle – Winner Drawn

Congratulations to Curtis Visser, who won the Willow Park Wine & Spirits Raffle.

We are excited to have sold 1,000 raffle tickets for this event. Thank you, Willow Park Wines and Spirits, for your generous donation and for all your support!

The draw took place at 2pm on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits (10801 Bonaventure Dr. SE) in Calgary, Alberta.  View the draw here: https://fb.watch/2an9pfMyAV/ 

 

Previous details:

Here’s your chance to win the lottery… a wine lottery, that is! The winner of the Wellspring Calgary Wine Raffle will receive a curated collection of 96 bottles (750mL) of premium wines selected by Willow Park’s team of Trusted Experts, a Master Chef 31-Bottle Wine Cooler with Stainless Steel Trim and a 12 glass set of Riedel Vertias Red & White wine glasses. What you do with them is up to you – whether you want start your personal collection, give them as gifts, or impress your dinner guests! You’ll get to experience fantastic flavours from iconic wineries such as Brewer Clifton, Columbia Crest, Faustino, Gray Monk Winery, and more!

Ticket proceeds go to Wellspring Calgary.

Total Prize Value: $4,000
Tickets: $20 each
Deadline to purchase tickets: Friday, November 13, 2020 at midnight or earlier if raffle tickets have sold out.

Draw date: 2PM on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits (10801 Bonaventure Dr. SE) in Calgary, Alberta. Tickets will be mailed to purchasers and you will be contacted by email/phone if selected. You do not need your paper tickets in order to redeem your prize. Note: the draw will not be open to the public.

Only 1000 tickets to be sold. No limit to the number of tickets per purchase. You must be 18 years of age or older and live in Alberta to purchase tickets. 

AGLC Licence #566608.

Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge

From July 20 – 26th, Wellspring Calgary held it’s 6th Annual Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge virtually. The most popular component, Challenge the Chief, was a small live event which took place on Sunday, July 26 at GYMVMT.

This year the Chief of Police, Mark Neufeld, went head-to-head with Fire Chief Steve Dongworth. Donning an additional 65 pounds of gear, Chief Neufeld ultimately finished first, but both were winners for Wellspring.

“Cancer isn’t cancelled. No one knows this better than those who continue to endure treatment and side effects, even as this pandemic sweeps our world. As a cancer support organization, we are doing all we can to deliver on our promise to support and serve those whose lives are turned upside-down by cancer,” said CEO Patti Morris.

Wellspring Calgary provides programs, resources and support to people affected by cancer. Because a prevalent occupational hazard of the firefighter’s job is cancer, Wellspring works to ensure the needs of firefighters are considered alongside the needs of all its community members. Wellspring Calgary is proud to work with the Calgary Fire Department, and the Calgary Firefighters Association (IAFF Local 255) in support of those living with cancer including brave members of our firefighting community.

“Wellspring serves a member base of over 6,700 cancer patients, caregivers and family members, and with no core government or agency funding, we rely primarily on generous donors and events such as this one, to keep us viable,” said Morris.

For details about this event, visit the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge Facebook Page.

Wellspring Calgary’s Light It Up Year-End Matching Campaign – Now Closed

Please note that our Light It Up Year-End Matching Campaign has now come to a close. Watch for our announcement of total funds raised later this month.

And once again, thank you to everyone who made a gift. Your gracious support allows us to fulfill our mission of serving people living with cancer at no cost to them. Your generosity improves the lives of all those we are privileged to serve. We couldn’t do it without you.

Previous message from Dec 18, 2020:

Thanks to the generosity of many near and far, we are excited to announce that to date, we have raised an incredible $150,000 towards our Light It Up Year-End Matching Campaign! This is the highest amount raised in all of our matching campaign history, and brings us closer to our potential matching total of $205,000 – our highest match event ever!

To all who have made early donations, we are overjoyed by your incredible support – first-time and long-time donors alike! For many others, you’ve advised your donation is on its way. To all of you – thank you!

As a reminder, all donations received or post-marked on or before Dec 31, 2020 will be matched.

I want to make a donation to Wellspring Calgary’s Light It Up Year-End Matching Campaign

Our sincere gratitude to the Gerald A. Cooper-Key Foundation, Jack Anderson and Dr. Wendy Ovaris, the Reilly Family and additional anonymous donors who entrusted us with their guidance, goodwill and belief in Wellspring to deliver on our promise so no one has to face cancer alone.

It is this same promise that has always propelled this annual year-end event.

Did you know our Light it Up Year-End Matching Campaign is the ambitious offspring of our annual Light It Up Run and Walk event?

Here’s a trip down memory lane … the walk and matching campaign were both conceived by the deeply passionate and incredibly tenacious Kevin Kaminski, late husband of our recent outgoing CEO, Patti Morris.

Kevin and Patti, along with their daughters Katie and Claire Kaminski, designed, planned, and for several years, organized our Light it Up Calgary Run and Walk. Right from year one, Light It Up had incredible traction, garnering unprecedented member, donor and sponsor support, and drawing countless volunteers, fans and participants. Since Kevin’s untimely death in 2019, his family, along with many other devoted Wellspring supporters, vowed to uphold this legacy and ensure the Light It Up Run and Walk continues in support of Wellspring Calgary.

How does the Year-End Matching Campaign fit in? This too, harkens back to Kevin’s desire to ensure Wellspring would always be well-funded. In 2014, as Wellspring Calgary was preparing to mark its annual holiday spirit by lighting up Carma House, Kevin seized the opportunity to spark a new channel for giving, connecting generous donors with our vision of lighting the way for those living with cancer, and inspiring others to give with the incentive of being matched.

Watch the 2019 video by Patti Morris:

Indeed, Wellspring’s Light It Up initiatives are rooted in genuine compassion and a family’s unyielding desire to ensure cancer support is available free of charge for those who need it. With immeasurable gratitude, we acknowledge and pay tribute to the legacy of Kevin Kaminski, and the continued support of Patti Morris and her family.

We hope you will help us to honour their important life’s work to assist Wellspring in carrying the torch forward.

Thank you, and I wish you and your family a happy holiday season – one that may look different from other years, but is no less bright.

Sheena Clifford
Acting CEO

PS: We will announce our final achievement in January 2021.