Our Causes

Owen Schlosser Endowment Fund

The Owen Schlosser Fund (OSF) was set up in memory of Owen and his love of sport. The OSF contributes to organizations that help underprivileged youth access sport in Alberta.

When Owen was sick, family and friends came together to raise funds to support the treatment he was receiving in Florida. Owen, having a deep love of sport, asked that any leftover funds raised for his treatment be donated to help less fortunate children access sport. To honour his wish, the OSF was set up through the Edmonton Community Foundation. Donations and funds raised through Win4Skin events continue to support the OSF.

The OSF contributes to a number of different organizations across the province. Organizations that the OSF fund has supported in the past include:

Mary Johnston Chair in Melanoma Research

Mary Johnston lived with melanoma for 22 years before her death on June 27, 2004. Mary, who spent the first half of her life adoring the sun and the second half shading herself from it, became an advocate for safer skin care and was the President of the Alberta Society of Melanoma. With rarely going more than a few years without being told her cancer had returned, Mrs. Johnston advocated “there is no such thing as a safe tan.”

In 2006, The Alberta Cancer Foundation announced the establishment of The Mary Johnston Chair in Melanoma Research at the Cross Cancer Insitute, Canada’s first melanoma research professorship, made possible by a $1 million donation in honor of Mary from her family and friends. Mary Johnston’s dedication to Melanoma Research will live on through the important work made possible by this Professorship and research Chair.

The incidence of malignant melanoma is increasing faster than any other cancer. The ongoing support of this Professorship allows long-term commitment to research directed towards identifying key pathways in melanoma development that would lead to potential targets for prevention and therapy. As well, it aids in retaining top researchers and clinicians and providing them with resources to develop better methods of prevention, detection and treatment for melanoma.

“As a direct result of efforts like the Win4Skin fundraiser, investments in research are allowing us to enter an era where a substantial number of patients with melanoma will never see their disease come back again.”- Dr. Alan Underhill, Mary Johnston Chair in Melanoma Research.