Nathalie, 47 years old, had skin cancer.
Nathalie has been working for the Cancer Research Society for 7 years as the Assistant General Director.
Next May, I will take on a physical challenge that will require me to walk an average of 6 hours a day for 8 days in a row on trails in the steep hillsides of Crete. I’m doing this to raise money for the Cancer Research Society and I have set for myself an ambitious goal of $9,500!
Why, you ask?
" As an employee of the Society, I know all too well the statistics concerning cancer. Notably, that 1 in 2 people will get this disease in his or her lifetime. But, I never imagined that this statistic would become my reality…between 2012 and 2013 I discovered an ugly mark on my left thigh. Just to ease my conscience, I had it examined, only to learn that it was, in fact, a malignant melanoma. I was shocked, and questioned how this could be possible, especially for me, someone who hates to sun bathe…and then, I just wanted to get rid of it! Luckily, I only had to wait 2 weeks for the surgery. Today, this is all just a bad memory. I do know, however, that it could have been worse. I also know that I could develop another cancer. So, why did I choose to hike the hills of Crete? To celebrate my own renewed health, for the health of my family, and unselfishly for the health of others! "
" I feel a sense of responibility for the coming generations... "
" Thanks to research conducted in recent years, people diagnosed with cancer today have a much better chance of reaching the benchmark 5-year remission point than those who were diagnosed even just 10 years ago. This research was funded by generous people who cared enough to support Canadian researchers in their work to find ways to beat cancer. Today, I consider it my responsibility to pay it back by paying it forward and do whatever I can to help those generations which will come after me."
" Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the financing of cancer research in the past. Many of us owe our lives to you!"