About our charity

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 #CrushOvarianCancer.

Join us as we #TakethePlunge on Sunay, May 25th, 2025 at Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, BC for the Plunge for the Cure.

2023/24 Plunge Cabinet

Jim Shepard O.B.C., Board Chair & Founder
Owen Cameron, Board Vice Chair & Co-Founder
Pamela Martin, Board Secretary

Dr. Janice Kwon, M.D., F.R.C.S.C., M.P.H.
Rhogene Dadashzadeh
Kelly Heed
Dr. David Huntsman, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG
Dr. Dianne Miller, M.D., F.R.C.S.C.
Sue Paish
Juggy Sihota
Sam Sullivan, C.M.

Our Impact

Thanks to the funds raised by the Plunge for the Cure the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) has established a “Plunge for the Cure Impact Grant Fund” which supports research activities and initiatives primarily focused on, and directly related to, ovarian cancer research done by the world-class research team at the renowned VGH/UBC research facilities.


When did the Plunge for the Cure Start?

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  • 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 took place in Vancouver, BC on Sunday, May 28th, 2023.

What happens to the money you raise?

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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?

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  • Spread the Word
  • Volunteer
  • Make a Donation
  • Take the Plunge
    • Join us and #TakethePlunge at Kitsilano Beach on Sunday, May 25th, 2025. Register to participate as an individual, as a team with a group of friends, or together with your colleagues as a corporate team to help us crush ovarian cancer.