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Barry Smee

Mining community leads charge for urgently-needed equipment

After losing his wife Sue to ovarian cancer, Barry Smee decided to take action to help other British Columbians facing a cancer diagnosis.

Barry was running a successful mining business and, together with his partners in B.C.’s mining industry – including Sandy McVey and Peter Bradshaw – they established the Ovarian Mining Group to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research at BC Cancer.

Barry was introduced to BC Cancer’s OVCARE (Ovarian Cancer Research) team and was inspired by the innovative work that was taking place.

“I could immediately see that cancer research is like mining exploration: it requires investment to make progress,” he says.

Barry and the group of mining community leaders generously matched donations across B.C. to bring the urgently-needed mass spectrometer to BC Cancer. The technology will improve treatment and accelerate research into some of the most devastating cancers including: breast, pancreatic, ovarian, lung, blood and pediatric.

Thanks to thousands of donors and the mining group’s generous matching gift, a $2 million goal was reached and a new mass spectrometer is on its way to BC Cancer.