The Northern Cancer Foundation (NCF) and the Luncheon of Hope Committee were very excited to welcome acclaimed documentary filmmaker, politician and breast cancer survivor Gerry Rogers from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her best known documentary “My Left Breast” chronicled her personal journey with breast cancer – she began filming when her hair began to fall out as a result of her chemotherapy treatment. “My Left Breast” received numerous international awards including two Gemini Awards and Gold at Hot Docs.
Gerry’s appearance is sponsored by Vale, who were recognized for years of service and support in a brief ceremony. Also recognized were Northern Life who regularly donate media and advertising services. Both organizations were presented with a Luncheon of Hope placard.
“Today’s event was an absolute success raising $65,000 and we are very thankful for the outpouring of support from our special guests, community, sponsors and attendees, ” says Tannys Laughren, Executive Director of the Northern Cancer Foundation.
To date, the Luncheon of Hope has raised over $845,000. With these funds, important breast-cancer research equipment has been purchased such as an inverted flourescence microscope that allows researchers to visualize the effects of cancer drugs on healthy cells as well as breast cancer cells and an Automated Capillary Electrophoresis Machine that is used to analyze very small amounts of protein extracted from patient biopsies and surgeries.
As always, 100% of the funds raised stay in Sudbury to support the Northeast Cancer Centre