About Plunge for the Cure

The Plunge for the Cure Foundation is a registered Canadian charity that was established to raise funds for drug and treatment development targeting ovarian cancer.

Plunge for the Cure was started by a group of Vancouver residents, business owners, and philanthropists who all have one thing in common: a desire to crush ovarian cancer. Supporters fundraise annually, as individuals or as a team, and then take part in celebrating the arrival of summer by plunging into the water on the last Sunday in May to help us crush ovarian cancer. The event will raise funds for drug and treatment development for ovarian cancer through the world-renowned UBC/VGH research facilities in Vancouver.

According to the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, each year in Canada, over 3,100 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and over 1950 will die from their disease.

Get involved today by; spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, becoming a sponsor, making a one-time or monthly donation, and/or volunteering to help at the inaugural Plunge event in 2023.

Join us as we take the Plunge on May 28th, 2023 at Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, BC for the inaugural Plunge for the Cure.



2022/23 Plunge Cabinet

Jim Shepard O.B.C., Board Chair & Co-Founder
Owen Cameron, Board Vice Chair & Co-Founder
Dr. Janice Kwon, M.D., F.R.C.S.C., M.P.H., Board Secretary
Rhogene Dadashzadeh
Kelly Heed
Dr. David Huntsman, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG
Pamela Martin
Dr. Dianne Miller, M.D., F.R.C.S.C.
Sue Paish
Juggy Sihota
Sam Sullivan, C.M.

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Q&A

What is the point of PFTC?

  • PFTC was established to raise funds for drug and treatment development for ovarian cancer.

When and where is the event?

  • The inaugural Plunge for the Cure will take place in 2023 on the last Sunday in May at Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver. In future years, we are hoping to have other cities sign up and take the Plunge.

When did it start?

  • With the support of our launch partners: Telus, RBC, Fasken, Astra Zeneca, A&W, Purdy’s, GSK, Buntain Insurance, Engage.in, and White Canvas Design, we officially launched the Plunge for the Cure on May 8th, 2022.
  • In support of our efforts, the City of Vancouver provided the Plunge for the Cure Foundation a proclamation that stated: “Vancouver wishes to encourage citizen support for this most worthy cause with the declaration that May 8th, 2022, is Ovarian Cancer Day”.
  • The inaugural Plunge takes place in Vancouver, BC on Sunday, May 28th, 2023.

Why ovarian cancer?

  • Prostate cancer is unique to men and has a 98% survival rate in 5 years. By comparison ovarian cancer, which is unique to women, has a 30% survival rate in 5 years. Ten years ago, ovarian cancer had a five-year survival rate of 0.
  • An estimated 3,100 Canadian women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2020, and an estimated 1950 died from the disease. In BC, that was 440 diagnosis and 280 deaths.

What happens to the money you raise?

  • The world-class research team at the renowned VGH/UBC research facilities are the primary recipient of all charitable funds raised.

How can I get involved?

  • Spread the Word
  • Become a Sponsor
  • Make a Donation
  • Attend the first ever Plunge for the Cure
    • Taking place at Kitsilano Beach on Sunday, May 28th, 2023. Follow us on social to see all of our updates!

How can my organization get involved as a sponsor?