Pinoy joins 'Underwear Affair' for cancer-stricken wife

By Cecile Docto, ABS-CBN Canada

Posted at Jul 19 2014 07:52 AM | Updated as of Jul 19 2014 03:52 PM

CANADA - A Filipino is fighting back against cancer that is slowly taking the life of his wife though a fundraising event.

Underwear of all shapes, styles and sizes paraded the streets of Vancouver.

Wearing their coolest undergarments, participants went for a 10-kilometer run.

The BC Cancer Foundation has been raising awareness for cancers below the waist in a fun and unique way.

On its 9th year, the underwear affair continues to draw attention to this cause.

The foundation admits research for these types of cancers are underfunded. Since the fundraiser started, it has raised 5.1 million dollars for these types of cancer research.

"We've totally changed the paradigm for ovarian cancer diagnosis. We've linked colorectal cancer to bacteria that was unknown before. We've recently found a gene that relates to prostate cancer," said Erik Dierks, vice president for development of the BC Cancer Foundation.

This is also Victor Ulanday's second year of joining the event in honor of his wife, Ana, who is suffering from stage 4 cancer.

"I'm running for her and all the other families out there that have to deal with cancer in their lives. Just to bring awareness that cancer is out there. It's real and it's killing people," said Ulanday.

His wife has been diagnosed twice with cancer in the past years. The first time, stage 2 cervical cancer, was when she was pregnant with their second child, Nathan.

She went in remission. But the cancer is back and has spread.

Ana is now paralyzed waist down after a lump was found on her vertebrae.

Ulanday said his daughter, Lanna, is not aware of her mom's affliction.

He is thankful for the support they are getting from family and friends.

"I, admittedly, am not a strong person. My wife is my rock actually. She's the one that keeps the family together. She's fighting it very gracefully. She's my rock. Cancer sucks. I pray for anybody that goes through cancer," he said.

Ulanday hopes support for the fundraiser continues as it finds a cure for these dreadful diseases.