Tannys’ “WHY” Story

Although I am a cancer survivor, it was not until my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1996 that I really became aware of the devastating effect cancer has on families.  His diagnosis shook my core and although I felt helpless at the time, I vowed to try to make a difference any way in which I was able.  My dad had amazing treatment at the Cancer Centre and I credit the doctors and the radiation staff with the fact that 15 years later my dad is healthy and still in my life.   This place is a special one-, it is full of hope and sheer excellence.  I am proud to be working with an amazing team to try to keep my promise, made 15 years ago, that I will work as hard as I can in eradicating this terrible disease.

Shane’s “WHY” Story

Growing up in the lakeside community of Haileybury, cancer seemed to be something that affected other people and their families and didn’t really impact my family or people close to me. So you can imagine how I felt when I got word that my grandfather had begun battling cancer.

With the Northeast Cancer Centre supplying chemotherapy treatments to hospitals all over Northeastern Ontario, my grandfather was able to receive his treatment close to home, which definitely eased the minds of my family. Although my Grandpa is no longer with us, his spirit and determination through his fight is my inspiration to do the most I can to for this cause.

When I got the opportunity to work for the Northern Cancer Foundation, I jumped at it. Cancer will affect all Canadians in one way or another. I want to see a day when it doesn’t.

Denise’s “WHY” Story

My family tree remains the best genetic tool to predict my risks.  My mother, my grandmother and my aunt all had breast cancer and other family members were diagnosed with various other types of the disease.  I know it’s a big possibility for me.  I have also lost someone very dear to me to pancreatic cancer.

While survival rates have improved dramatically over the years for some types of cancers, there are still too many people like me losing loved ones to this disease.

Imagine a world without cancer….

Liz’s “WHY” Story

Cancer has affected me in many ways through many people. It first started when I lost my Nana in 1999 and my aunt in 2006. I also have a very close aunt and best friend that have been diagnosed with cancer as well as recently my father-in-law.

When I was given the opportunity to work at the Northern Cancer Foundation, I knew from the bottom of my heart that this is where I needed to be: planning events and raising money for a cause I truly believe in.