Do you know that 1 in every 2 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime? ONE IN TWO!! This statistic is not ok. It's an epidemic that has become all too normal and we need to do something about this.
Cancer doesn't discriminate. It doesn't care how old you are, how healthy you are, what colour your skin is or who you pray to. Everyone is at risk. You, your child, your spouse, your neighbour. Everyone! I'm not ok with that, are you?
Last year team ONWARD raised $12,000 for the BC cancer foundation. Our family has seen first hand how much that money has helped cancer patients in our Provence and in Canada as a whole. The research and advancements made in BC help not only British Columbians but all Canadians. We work together, coast to coast, to find cures and treatments that past generations did not have. July 5th 2017, Stephen, my husband, was diagnosed with advance stage choriocarcinoma. 19 months of fighting, 5 major surgeries, 360 hours of chemotherapy, 11 radiation treatments, 15 CTs and 12 MRIs and hundreds of blood tests and he's still here with me today. Why? Because of donations! If Stephen was diagnosed with this same aggressive cancer in 2008, he would have died within weeks. The only reason he is still alive is because of the advancements in cancer research.
I know a lot of people don't like to donate. They feel that it will go to the higher ups leaving only pennies to go towards the actual cause. Not with BC Cancer. We are at the cancer centre almost weekly. We have seen the new equipment, the extensions on the building and the smiling people leaving who still get to feel the sun on their faces because of the cures that were not there just a decade ago.
Lose the Booze is a tongue in cheek sort of campaign. It raises eyebrows and gets people talking. This is what we want. Alcohol consumption has been linked to some forms of cancer and, in some cases, will help spread up the growth and spreading of some cancer cells. Because of that, Stephen and I no longer drink. So we haven't give up booze just for the month of February, but forever. I have seen first hand, the horrors of cancer treatment and I don't wish it on anyone.
Please find it in your heart to invest in your child’s future. Donate to save your family member, your neighbour... or even yourself!